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NOCHI Invites the Public to Hearth, A Student-Created Pop-Up Café this February

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) winter cohort announced reservations are open for their Student created pop-up café Hearth this month.

Hearth’s New American menu features hearty dishes prepared with seasonal produce, whole grains, and warming spices. Desserts include mocha molten chocolate cake with café brûlot ice cream as well as a citrus tart with cardamom meringue.

100% of Proceeds from Every Student Pop-up Benefit NOCHI’s Scholarship Fund (pictures of past pop-ups attached). Space is limited and reservations for Hearth are now open at https://www.nochi.org/hearth for 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 pm, or 12:30 pm seatings on the following dates:

Thursday, February 10 Thursday, February 17

Friday, February 11 Friday, February 18

Monday, February 14 Monday, February 21

Tuesday February 15 Tuesday February 22

“The pop-up is one of our favorite NOCHI traditions, not only because it truly showcases our students’ creative vision and how far they’ve come in their time with us, but also because it’s a way for them to give back to aspiring chefs in their footsteps,” says Executive Director Leah Sarris. “Every dollar we raise at the pop-up goes into our scholarship fund so that we can help to open doors for our next students. We’re so proud of this class and excited for prospective employers, community leaders, families, and friends to see all they have accomplished.”

Before NOCHI Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts students complete their 100-day certifications, they create a pop-up café as a capstone course. This original concept is dreamed up and executed entirely by students as a culmination of everything they’ve learned at NOCHI and as a way of connecting with industry leaders, prospective employers, family, and friends.

“As we reflected on our favorite foods to eat, we kept coming back to Southern food in all its complexities, taking inspiration from the Native American, European, and African cuisines that make what we now know as Creole food,” states Katie Fuller, a Culinary Arts student from Shreveport, LA who helped pitch the concept. “We wanted to create a comfortable, inviting environment with a menu that straddles the line between good-for-you and comfort food, leaning into seasonality in every sense of the word. I’m so excited to see everyone bring their personal touch to Hearth!”

NOCHI’s Scholarship Fund exists to support our beloved city’s hospitality industry: storied, irreplaceable, irreplicable, and central to us all. A driver of economic prosperity. A spirit and essence of being a New Orlean or loving New Orleans.

NOCHI offers certificate programs in culinary arts and baking & pastry arts that cover twenty-five subjects and 650 hours of intensive hands-on instruction. An Open House for prospective students will take place on Monday, March 7, from 4:00-6:00 pm All prospective students and their families will have an opportunity to meet NOCHI chefs, tour its world-class facilities, and learn more about its accelerated six-month program. Registration is not required, but registrants will receive free NOCHI goodies and can RSVP at nochi.eventbrite.com.

For more information on Hearth or to make reservations, visit www.nochi.org/hearth or contact NOCHI at (504) 635-0017.

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