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Café NOMA presents “Art You Can Eat,” a 12-week summer series featuring the artful culinary creations of Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group chefs and special guests. Fridays from June 8 – August 24, 2012, at 7 PM, chefs from Café NOMA, Ralph’s on the Park, Red Fish Grill, café b, and Heritage Grill will lead an interactive, educational, and delicious cooking event celebrating NOMA exhibitions and the culinary arts of New Orleans.

Art You Can Eat is an interactive demonstration of the tips and tricks behind classic and contemporary cooking, mixology and presentation, with special emphasis on professional techniques made easy.

Of special note are “Art You Can Eat” Events on July 13th, August 3rd and August 10th a tribute to Leah Chase, the queen of New Orleans cuisine and featured star of the NOMA exhibit ‘Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III’, 20 dinner plate-sized oil paintings capturing the unseen labor that underlies Dooky Chase’s seven decades of success.

What: “Art You Can Eat” Summer Cooking Series
Where: Café NOMA inside the New Orleans Museum of Art
When: Friday Nights at 7 PM; June 8 – August 24, 2012
Price: FREE with the cost of admission into NOMA
RSVP: Requested – http://cafenoma-artyoucaneat.eventbrite.com/

Schedule of Events for “Art You Can Eat”

June 8 – CHRIS MONTERO, Culinary Curator – CAFÉ NOMA
Bring ‘Still life’ Veggies to Life in your Kitchen! 

Learn to pickle vegetables, cure bacon and make condiments
at home.

Artistic License – Cocktails Reinterpreted as Dessert
Edible Sazeracs, Mint Juleps, Brandy Milk Punch and more!

June 22 – CHIP FLANAGAN, Executive Chef – Ralph’s on the Park
Louisiana Surf, Turf and Sparkle
Recipes from the rich bounty of Louisiana waters and wetlands

Fabulous Food Photography
Tips and tricks for mouthwatering food photos, even with your camera phone

July 6 – CHIP FLANAGAN, Executive Chef – Ralph’s on the Park
Summer Grilling and Chilling
Gourmet Rubs, Sauces and Accompaniments for the ultimate July BBQ

July 13 – CHRIS MONTERO, Executive Chef – café b, with LEAH CHASE
Do it yourself Creole cream cheese, mozzarella and ricotta

ART-isan cheese
traditions and tasting with special guest Leah Chase

July 20 – HALEY BITTERMANN, EXECUTIVE CHEF – Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group

The crossroad of Art, Science and New Orleans Cuisine

Do-it-yourself molecular gastronomy meets bananas foster and other New Orleans classics

July 27 – BRETT GAUTHIER, EXECUTIVE PASTRY CHEF – Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group

Offbeat Sweet and Savory Desserts

Overlooked ingredients transformed into fabulous desserts

August 3 – Executive Chef – Red Fish Grill with LEAH CHASE

“Zecrets Z’herbs”

The Art of Roux Making and other Gumbo tales


The Soul of New Orleans

Modern twists on New Orleans classics and other family-friendly comfort foods

August 17 – THOMAS REGISTER, Beverage Specialist – Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group

Muddling and Mixing; The art of the cocktail

Enhance cocktails with infusions and garden fresh fruits and vegetables

August 24 – STEVEN MARSELLA, Executive Chef – Heritage Grill with LEAH CHASE

Take a Walk on the Lite Side…

Creole Classics undergo an extreme makeover…Will you miss the fat?


Chef Leah Chase is celebrating her 90th year!

Earlier this year, we asked Leah how she wanted to mark the beginning of her ninth decade. Her answer? “With fine food, friends and art!”

NOMA hosted a Leah Chase Gala from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the New Orleans Museum of Art for a Gala preview of the exhibition Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III. The Gala inaugurated the Leah Chase Art Purchase Fund for the acquisition of works of art by African American artists. With over 700 guests, the Gala raised over $90,000.

Even though the Gala date has passed, you’re still able to donate to the Leah Chase Art Purchase Fund!

The Art Purchase Fund honors Leah’s life and legacy. As a talented and tireless chef, Leah began working at Dooky Chase Restaurant after her 1945 marriage to Dooky Chase, Jr. son of the original owner. During the civil rights movement, the restaurant was renowned as a gathering place for civil rights activists and community leaders. Today it continues to serve as a favorite destination for cultural, civil and culinary leaders. Leah Chase is a pillar of the New Orleans community, having contributed in countless ways to the cultural fabric of the city. She is famed for both her expertise in the kitchen and a life-long advocacy for the arts, particularly by African American artists. For many years she has also been a Trustee of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

In honor of Leah’s longstanding contributions to the city of New Orleans, Gustave Blache III features this talented and tireless chef in his intimate painting series of 20 works. Blache, a New Orleans-raised artist, aims to capture a behind-the-scenes view of the restaurant business. It is in this scenario that Leah is in her element, stirring her concoctions, ordering supplies, and greeting restaurant guests. Thus, Blache captures an authentic presentation of one of New Orleans most important icons.

Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III is on display through September 9th. The exhibition is sponsored by Richard C. Colton Jr., Liberty Bank and Trust, and Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.

Click here for a video on Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III and the Leah Chase Art Purchase Fund.

Also as part of our exhibition “Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III,” guests have been encouraged to leave testimonials regarding their experiences with Leah Chase, or food more generally.

Click here to read more of what was said.

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