On Wednesday, May 16, Chef Emeril Lagasse joined culinary students from New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) for a memorable evening in the name of inspiration, mentorship and success.
At NOCCA’s Dining for Inspiration event, NOCCA’s culinary students had the incredible experience of preparing and serving a gourmet, multi-course feast alongside Chef Emeril Lagasse and his culinary team.
The endearing evening was hosted at NOCCA’s campus and featured Crocker & Starr wine pairings by winemaker and co-owner, Pam Starr, who guided guests through her hand- selected wines paired with each course. Crocker & Starr handcrafts a small production of exquisite, world-class wines from its organic vineyard estate in St Helena.
Culinary students put their skills to the test by helping to develop, prepare and serve the following five courses and wine pairings for the celebratory dinner.
Hors D’oeuvre - Cajun Caviar, Press Street Gardens Radishes, Smith Creamery Butter
Crocker & Starr Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015
1st Course - Gulf Tuna Poke Bowl
Bridesmaid Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2016
2nd Course - Smoked Oyster Mushroom & Goat Cheese Lasagna
Bridesmaid Napa Valley Cabernet Franc Blend 2014
3rd Course - Duck Debris & Foie Gras Toast
Crocker & Starr RLC Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
4th Course - Charred Louisiana Ribeye
Crocker & Starr Post 1 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
5th Course - Ricotta Cheesecake
NOCCA is a rigorous four-year high school culinary arts program that has been supported since its inception by Emeril and Alden and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation.
While not only receiving important hands-on training, students are provided the opportunity to work side by side with leading master chefs who serve as professional mentors while delivering all aspects of curriculum along with real-world lessons.
Dining for Inspiration, is just one of the many opportunities that allow NOCCA students to showcase their training while gaining real-world experience.
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