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Bite of the Arts

The Bite of the Arts gala is held every fall (typically November) to raise money for culinary student scholarships, equipment and  faculty development and research. Since 1997, the event has raised more than $600,000. Nicholls culinary students serve as executive chef, sous chef, rounds cook, pastry chef, steward, sommelier, maitre d’ and servers. From set-up to clean-up, Bite of the Arts is a student-planned and student-executed event.

The gala includes an hors d’oeuvre reception and a three course sit-down dinner. Individual tickets are sold for $150. Corporate tables of 10 are sold for $5,000; Benefactor tables of 8 for $2,500. Live and silent auctions have included items such as:

  • dinner prepared by the CJFCI students and/or faculty in winner’s home
  • dinner at the university president’s home
  • restaurant gift certificates
  • fine bottles of wine
  • art work, jewelry, and more

Save the Date for Bite of the Arts 2014 on Thursday, November 13.

Beaucoup de Bocuse

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Intitut Paul Bocuse Worldwide Alliance



Bouillabaisse Louisianaise

Louisiana Seafood Bouillabaisse with Tomato Saffron Broth,

Crab, Shrimp and Lobster


Rillettes de Canards

Chappapeela Farms Duck Rillettes with

Lousiana French Pickles and Zatarain’s Creole Mustard


Soupe d’Oignons Nouvelles

Deconstructed French Onion Soup with French Bread Gruyere Toast,

Caramelized Onion and Rich Beef Broth


Cassoulet de Chasseur

Louisiana Hunter’s Cassoulet of Rabbit, Boar, Duck, Venison,

Homemade Sausage, White Beans and Tomatoes



Patisseries Fausses

Crème Brulee of Foie Gras, Pain Perdu with Oysters and Caviar

Tarte au Brie and Crab


Bourguignon Reimagine

Modern Beef Bourguignon with Braised Beef Cheeks,

Potato Leek Puree, Roasted French Round Carrots, Cipollini Onions,

Baby Turnips, Natural Jus and Parsley Oil


Birthday Cake

Featuring the Flavors of Louisiana

See you there!


Archives from past Bite of the Arts

2013 – OOMPAH! Celebrating Louisiana’s German Heritage

2012 – Rollin’ Down the River: Steamboat Bicentennial

2011 – Kingambo to Gumbo

2010 – Viva Espana

2009 – Lafete de Lyon – Celebrating Paul Bocuse

2008 – Double Down

2007 – Savoring the Flavors of our Louisiana Heritage

2006 – A Taste of Louisiana – A Celebration of Culinary Excellence

2005 – The Rebirth of Louisiana’s Culinary Traditions

2004 – Carnival in Rio

2003 – Carnival in Venice

2002 – Tribute to Louisiana

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