Cooking for a Cause Online Fundraiser September 30-October 14

New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute Announces Cooking for a Cause Online Fundraiser

New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) will host Cooking for a Cause, an all-out fundraiser tailored to the times, Sept. 30–Oct. 14.

The two-week event will take place entirely online, where auctiongoers can bid on unparalleled private classes with some of the top names in hospitality, including Emeril Lagasse, Danny Meyer, Donald Link, and Nina Compton, as well as high-end kitchenware.

On October 14, the event will culminate in a livestreamed “grand finale” in conjunction with Commander’s Palace’s wildly popular wine and cheese Zoom classes.

Ian McNulty of | The Advocate and Dan Davis of Commander’s Palace will co-host the virtual party.

In a time when in-person celebrations have all but come to a halt, Cooking for a Cause aims to do two things: provide memorable (and safe) experiences to a global community of cooks and raise money to support the nonprofit culinary school’s students and programs. It is the school’s first annual fundraiser. With eye-catching offerings targeted to everyone from budding home cooks to industry professionals, the only “entry” requirement is a love of food and New Orleans.

“We’re honored to showcase the best culinary talent Louisiana has to offer, and excited to bring truly priceless experiences to our supporters. The online platform allows that community to only grow bigger. Like so many in hospitality, we’ve faced extreme challenges in the wake of COVID-19. All proceeds from Cooking for a Cause will support our flagship certificate programs as well as continuing education and community initiatives so that we can continue to serve as a hospitality hub in New Orleans and beyond,” said NOCHI Executive Director Leah Sarris.

To learn more and see the full auction line-up, visit

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