Culinary Arts Series 2018

The Hammond Regional Arts Center is excited to present the 2018 Culinary Arts Series beginning on Monday, May 7. 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 four 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 celebrity chef Jay Ducote and fan favorite Tommy Masaracchia. 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.

Single ticket prices begin at $65 for HRAC members and $75 for non-members. Tickets are limited, and can be purchased at the HRAC, located on 217 E. Thomas Street during regular gallery hours on Wednesday-Friday from 12-6 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased via phone at 985-542-7113, or by online on this page via Paypal. 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.

In addition to the four-dinner season, the HRAC will host the “HRAC Comes Home” dinner in September. This dinner takes the Culinary Arts Series back to its roots inside of the HRAC's walls. Tickets are as low as $50 for HRAC members and $55 for non-members for the "HRAC Comes Home" dinner. Seating is limited.






Monday, August 6

Chef Tommy Masaracchia of Tope Là

Executive chef and co-owner Tommy Masaracchia has 30+ years in the culinary field, including numerous honors and awards. Chef Tommy has been a worldwide promoter for Cajun and Creole cuisine. Traveling to New Zealand, Germany, and Japan; Chef Tommy has educated top chefs on how food is prepared in Louisiana.

Tope La prides itself on being one of the top restaurants in Hammond. Incredible food and fantastic services allow them to cater to all occasions big or small. With unique drink and food specials every day, there is always something new at Tope La to experience.


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Monday, September 10

Chefs Domini Bradford and Mary Brennan Faucheux of MJ's Cafe

Starting in 2011, MJ's Cafe creates exciting vegetarian and vegan options using the best local and organic produce available. Along with a plentiful standard menu of offerings, three soups, emphasizing the flavors of the season change daily. The special MJ's salad reflects the freshest farm offerings, and Thursday and Friday bring tasty vegan options, including buffalo roasted cauliflower wraps with ranch broccoli slaw and pinto beans and roasted eggplant enchiladas with Spanish rice and black beans. The menus change weekly. Check the daily Facebook and Instagram posts to see what deliciousness awaits! Inspired by what is growing, Mary Brennan Faucheux and Domini Bradford prepare amazing, flavorful menus that entice a packed house on a daily basis. Be prepared to celebrate your veggies and thoroughly enjoy a plant based menu. Save room for dessert too! Enjoy vegan chocolate cake, carrot cake, coconut cake and banana pudding, just to name a few yummy choices.


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Monday, May 7

Chef Joseph Dicapo of Houmas House

Built in 1840, the Houmas House and Gardens is a one-of-a-kind estate. The two and a half story brick mansion is upheld by stunning Greek columns and features a white-picketed belvedere overlooking the property. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available daily in both casual and fine dining settings. Each menu is updated seasonally to reflect the availability of locally grown produce, providing a true farm-to-table experience.  Both tourists and locals enjoy the quaint feeling of the intimate settings each restaurant. 

Latil’s Fixed Price Dinner Menu showcases several of Chef Joseph Dicapo’s signature dishes for the ultimate customization of your dining experience. For nearly two and a half centuries, the Sugar Barons of Houmas House have entertained their guests with the finest of food and beverage. It is in this spirit that Chef Joseph Dicapo allows his guests the opportunity to personalize their dining experience. 






Monday, June 4

Chef Joshua Garic of Jacmel Inn

The historic downtown Hammond location of Jacmel Inn has been an institution of fine dining in Hammond for over 40 years. With an ambiance blend of the Caribbean and New England Inn, the menu has evolved over time while always using fresh Louisiana seafood, cooking techniques and dishes derived from traditional Louisiana culture and serving great steaks from Iowa corn fed beef. Open Table Diner's Choice Award for the Most Romantic Restaurant in Louisiana went to Jacmel in 2014.






Monday, July 9

Chef Jay Ducote of Gov't Taco

You may know Jay Ducote as a well-known Baton Rouge cook, food blogger and media personality. He first started out in the culinary world by throwing tailgate parties for LSU football games, which eventually led him to eating and drinking for a living by running several food and beverage companies and celebrating Louisiana’s culinary culture. After the success of his tailgating parties, Ducote launched his food blog Bite and Booze in 2009 and Gov't Taco in 2017. Gov't Taco represents his unique flavor combinations in the form of tacos. Ideas for his creations come from his years of throwing tailgate parties, being a food writer, cooking on TV and creating menus for pop-up dinners. 



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