The James P. Raymond Jr. Foundation Presents

A night of music, food, and art to support The NOCCA Institute

Join us in person or at home on Saturday, May 22, 2021!

Sponsored by the Pamela and Warner Williams Charitable Fund

On Saturday, May 22, 2021, join The NOCCA Institute for ART OF THE FEAST, a celebration of music, food, and fine art. Whether you attend in person or enjoy from the comfort of your home, you’ll experience a fabulous meal, great music, and a chance to win artwork, vacation packages, and more in our silent auction and raffle.

ART OF THE FEAST generates important funds for The NOCCA Institute, which oversees programs like support for students, artist residencies, and many other initiatives that benefit the young artists at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), as well as their teachers and the community. ART OF THE FEAST is presented by the James P. Raymond Jr. Foundation, with additional support from the Pamela and Warner Williams Charitable Fund.

In Press Street Station and NOCCA’s Solomon Family Hall (600 Homer Plessy Way), guests will enjoy an exquisite five-course, seasonally inspired chef’s dinner and wine pairing. ART OF THE FEAST’s special, one-time menu will be designed and executed by 2017 Culinary Arts alum Quentin Jackson and the fantastic, six-time James Beard Award-winning chefs of Link Restaurant Group: Stephen Stryjewski, Donald Link, Ryan Prewitt, and Maggie Scale. The menu includes:

  • First course: Tuna dip, pimento cheese, rillion, crackers
  • Second course: Ceviche garnished with fried rice and lime, avocado creme fraiche, red onions, cilantro, green onion (fish, crab)
  • Third course: Roasted quail quinoa salad with roasted vegetables and lemon, rosemary vinaigrette 
  • Fourth course: Smoked braised beef cheeks, grits and blistered cherry tomatoes with red wine vinegar and basil
  • Fifth course:  Rum-soaked cake with local berries and coconut cream 

Live entertainment will be provided by alumni Kevin Gullage and Doreen Ketchens, as well as an alumni jazz ensemble. Guests will also be able to peruse artwork and other items in our silent auction. Doors open at 6:30pm. Click here for tickets.

ART OF THE FEAST will follow all current COVID-19 safety protocols. Complete details are available here.

Opt for an at-home celebration, and you’ll enjoy a fantastic four-course dinner for two! Choose between a meal from one of New Orleans’ most iconic restaurants, Galatoire’s, or one prepared by James Beard Award-winner (and NOCCA’s Chef-in-Residence) Frank Brigtsen.

The menu from Brigtsen’s Restaurant includes:

  • Butternut shrimp bisque
  • House salad with local organic greens, feta, spiced pecans, croutons, pickled red onion, cane vinegar dressing
  • Grilled striped bass with crabmeat bordelaise
  • Pecan pie with caramel sauce

Pick up will be at Brigsten’s Restaurant, located at 723 Dante Street, between 5pm and 7pm on Friday, May 21.

The menu from Galatoire’s features:

  • Turtle soup au sherry
  • Bistro romaine salad with grape tomatoes, blue cheese, and creole dressing
  • Creole glazed porkloin with Lyonnaise potatoes, broccoli, and andouille cornbread
  • Black bottom tartlet with Oreo crust, pecans, caramel and chocolate sauce, and chantilly

Pick up for Galatoire’s dinners will be at Press Street Station, located at 600 Homer Plessy Way, between 4pm and 6pm on Friday, May 21.

Pick up your dinner and savor it while listening to one of our custom-made music playlists for Spotify and YouTube. And of course, you can scan the silent auction and place bids, right from your phone or other mobile device. Click here to reserve your meal.

The ART OF THE FEAST silent auction is full of artwork, vacation packages, and much, much more. Best of all, you can check out auction items and place bids in just a couple of clicks–no dinner purchase necessary! Click here to view our auction items now–and click here to register!

Buy a raffle ticket for just $20, and you’ll have a chance of winning three fabulous prizes: a giclée titled Oyster Red Pearl by Becky Fos; a liquor collection from Seven Three Distilling Co. that includes Black Pearl Rum, Gentilly Gin, St. Roch Vodka, St. Roch Cucumber Vodka, Irish Channel Whiskey, and Marigny Moonshine (with a bottle embellished by Becky Fos); and a wine tasting for up to eight people in a private tasting room at NOLA Wine Merchant. Please note, there will be only one winner for the raffle. Click here to buy your raffle tickets today.

Can’t make the event? Text the word NOCCA to 56651 to make a 100% tax deductible donation!