Culinary Arts Series 2019


The Hammond Regional Arts Center is excited to present the 2019 Culinary Arts Series beginning on Monday, May 6. The event will take place at the state-of-the-art demonstration facility and dining-room of Alack Culinary Equipment Superstore located just east of Downtown Hammond on 17420 Highway 190. The entire community is invited to the Culinary Arts Series, a signature fundraising event for the Arts Center that features an intimate dining experience while watching live demonstrations from guest chefs.

The HRAC has coordinated with five regional restaurants to bring a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. Patrons can look forward to fine cuisine prepared by chefs from around the region including Chef Alex Diaz of the brand new Hammond restaurant Cena; and fan favorite Tommy Masaracchia of Tope La. Each event will begin at 6 p.m. and the chef will start his presentation at 6:30 p.m. During the event, each chef will prepare an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert while demonstrating their culinary techniques to attendees. Complimentary wine will be provided with each meal.

Reap the benefits of your HRAC membership by purchasing the entire 2019 Culinary Arts Series season at $250. This offer is good only for current members of the Hammond Regional Arts Center.

Single ticket prices begin at $70 for HRAC members and $80 for non-members. Tickets are limited, and can be purchased online on this page. Attendees must purchase tickets in advance to attend. No physical tickets will be mailed. Guests will give their names at the Will Call table at Alack.

As a finale to our Culinary Arts Series season, the HRAC will host the “HRAC Coming Home” dinner in September. This dinner takes the Culinary Arts Series back to its roots inside of the HRAC's walls and will support Hammond High's ProStart program.


Monday, July 8

Chef Alex Diaz of Cena; Hammond

Alack Culinary Super Store

Originally from New Orleans, Head Chef Alex Diaz certainly has experienced the restaurant scene and food culture of South Louisiana first hand. Alex is a classically trained chef that has an incredibly versatile skill set. He has found success at a number of notable New Orleans establishments and has expanded his knowledge of different cuisines in the process. With local roots and a passion for using fresh, local ingredients in his dishes, as owner and operator of Cena; Chanc Kinchen said, “Alex was the only guy for the job”.


Monday, August 5

Chef Tommy Masaracchia of Tope Là

Alack Culinary Super Store


Monday, September 9

Chef Angelina Drago and Hammond High students of ProStart

Hammond Regional Arts Center

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