New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) – a new $32 million culinary school set to open its doors at 725 Howard Avenue in 2019 – will officially break ground at an invitation-only ceremony and press event.

At the groundbreaking, NOCHI’s co-founders Ti Adelaide Martin, co-proprietor of The Commander’s Family of Restaurants; Dickie Brennan, award-winning restaurateur and owner of Palace Café, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Bourbon House and Tableau; and George Brower, tax credit specialist and developer of $125+ million in commercial ventures including the Saenger Theatre and La Petit Theatre in New Orleans will share NOCHI’s mission and vision.

Other luminaries in attendance will include Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and NOCHI Partners: Melvin J. Rodrigue of Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority, Tulane University’s President Michael Fitts, and representatives from North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM), and CIA Consulting.

Guests will first gather at the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) for remarks, light bites and a Ramos Gin Fizz demonstration by the Shaker Boys; then head over to the NOCHI space where oversized spoons will be used to officially ‘break ground.’


NOCHI’s invitation-only Groundbreaking Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 9AM – 10AM.  The event begins at Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), 919 St. Charles Avenue; followed by a walk over to NOCHI, 725 Howard Avenue. www.nochi.org

Media Contact:
Lauren Busch/Anabel Mendez
Brustman Carrino Public Relations