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Come learn from our talented chefs! 


Date:  Saturday, April 27, 2024

Time: 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Theme/Menu/Wine Pairing:

Chefs:  Chef Donald E. Kasten and Chef Jana Billiot

Location: Lanny D. Ledet Culinary Arts Building

Price: $275.00 per person 

Note:  This course does not require long periods of standing on your feet.  

Space is limited so register now!

Colonel’s Culinary Nutrition Series

Date:  TBA

Time: 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Theme/Menu/Wine Pairing:  8 course food with wine tasting meal that supports cardiovascular health

Chefs:  Chef Jana Billiot and Diet Nutritionist Allison Gaubert MS, RDN, LDN, CLC

Location: Lanny D. Ledet Culinary Arts Building

Price: $200.00 per person 

Note:  This course does not require long periods of standing on your feet.  

Space is limited so register now!


  • This is a hands-on cooking class, meaning the students will break into teams of two to three people and execute the recipes from start to finish, with guidance from Chef Daigle and his assistants.
  • Preparation of the recipes may include chopping, other knife work, stocks, braising, sautéing, baking, frying, and roasting. 
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own kitchen knives and other tools if available. Otherwise, they will be provided for you.
  • Chef Daigle will review the recipes with the class before teams are chosen. Execution of the recipes should take 2 – 2 ½ hours, followed by a casual, family-style meal.
  • Classes are limited to 16 participants.  A minimal of 12 participants must be registered for the class to make.


Enrollment is limited to ages 16 year old and over (16 & 17 year olds must have an adult present during the class). Participants should come dressed appropriately, with long-sleeve shirts, long pants (no skirts, please), and flat, non-slip, closed-toe shoes. No sandals or flip-flops. Long hair should be pulled back. This is an active class, so participants should be prepared for a fair amount of physical activity, including standing for long periods.

Bring your Valentine (or Gal-entine!) and learn to letter some of your favorite Valentine’s phrases! 
In this 2.5 hr workshop you’ll learn how to create simple, fun Valentines themed hand-lettered designs using easy-to-copy examples on cards that will be provided. You will learn how to letter on gift bags or brown paper  (supplied by the participant) . Suitable for adults and teenagers. No experience or artistic ability is necessary. 
So grab your bestie as you kickstart your newfound hobby in this Valentines-themed Hand Lettering workshop led by Trisha Rabalais. By the end of the interactive 2.5-hour workshop, you will feel confident in your skills and even have take-home Valentines cards!

Date:  Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: 200 Talbot Hall

Supplies Provided: 

  • Hand Lettering Packet with alphabet and Valentine’s design tracers
  • 1 Red Brush Pen
  • 1 Pink Brush Pen
  • 1 Monoline pen 
  • Tracing Paper
  • Valentines Cards + Envelopes 

Price: $55.00

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Spring is the season of renewal so what better time to learn something new? Highlighter Lettering is such a fun, accessible way to add beautiful touches to everything from your daily planner to your walls to your springtime tablescape—especially if its pastel! Lettering together is a way to connect, relax, and relish in the joy of putting pen to paper. In this 2.5 hour workshop, you’ll learn how to get comfortable lettering with a monoline pen and a highlighter, connecting letters into words & phrases, and creating a lettered piece from concept to execution. You will also make place cards for use at all of your summer soirees. Suitable for adults and teenagers. No experience or artistic ability is necessary. 
Materials are all included for you to take home to continue your practice.

Date:  Thursday, March 9, 2023

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: 200 Talbot Hall 

Supplies Provided: 

  • Hand Lettering Packet with alphabet and Springtime design tracers
  • 1 pack of pastel highlighters
  • 1 Monoline pen 
  • Tracing Paper
  • Place cards 

Price: $50.00

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Join us for a special morning of celebrating Mother’s Day and learning pretty lettering! In this workshop you’ll be learning an introduction to modern calligraphy with a pointed dip pen and ink. This workshop will cover all the basics and get you ready to add those special lettered details to your Mother’s Day gifts, and more! Suitable for adults and teenagers. No experience or artistic ability is necessary. 
Class includes 3 hours of instruction and demonstration, our beginner’s calligraphy kit (two nibs, black ink pot, 2 letter guides, tracing paper, and. Learn the basics of Hand Lettering with Trisha Rabalais and create your own hand lettered card for Mother’s Day!

The goal of the workshop is to give you an outline of the basics to creating cool hand lettered type and Instagram worthy compositions .

Date:  Saturday, April 29, 2023

Time: 9:00 AM – Noon 

Location: 200 Talbot Hall 

Supplies Provided: 

  • Pointed dip pen with Nib
  • Guidesheets
  • Black Ink in small container
  • Tracing Paper
  • Pencil
  • Mothers Day frame to letter within 

Price: $75.00

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How to Write a Book

Is there a story floating around in your head?

Do you want to learn how to write a book and get it published? 

Woody Falgoust, author of Rise of the Cajun Mariners, will help you begin to create a page-turner. You’ll learn about genre, conflict, point of view, plot, character, dialogue, setting and voice. Long-time writing groups begin right here!

Class will meet on Wednesday nights for 6 sessions. 

Date:  Wednesday, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: TBD

Price: $99.00

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Basics in Photography is designed for the learner to gain a basic and practical understanding of how to capture the moment. The key objectives of the course are:

Pottery Fall 2024 Classes

Pottery Wheel and Hand Building:

Pottery Wheel and Hand building for all levels Learn how to throw on the pottery wheel and use hand building techniques to create functional and sculptural objects. We will decorate and glaze our work. Anyone 15 or older is welcome to be a part of this class. Student cost is $200; it includes a $175 class fee and a $25 studio fee which covers materials for clay and glazes. There will be 6 classes total. Classes are in the evening from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

5 classes – Monday evenings

Dates: Spring 2024 dates coming soon!

Times:  5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Fee:  $200.00 (includes supply fee)

Instructor: Ashley Tabor – Nicholls Department of Art graduate

Location:  Talbot 108

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Chess – Adult Leisure Class

Come learn the art of chess with an instructor who earned the title of National Master from the United States Chess Federation in 1985 and has written two books on chess. Mike Papa teaches at several local elementary schools and gives private lessons to people at all ages. In these camps, he will teach all beginners how to play and help others improve their games by instruction and holding tournaments. For those interested in a chess book, there is one that can be purchased for an extra $25, but it is not mandatory. If you are a chess enthusiast and loved the newest hit movie about the game, come further your skills and knowledge!


Dates:  TBA


Time: 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Chess is even more popular now with the new Netflix hit movie.  Here is your opportunity to learn or improve your chess game!  Opened to all interested in chess at any level, including tournaments, online play or casual playing. You may purchase a  chess book for additional $25 on the first day of class with our knowledgeable chess instructor, but it is not mandatory. 

Chess helps with memory skills, logic thinking and problem solving skills. 

About our instructor:  Mike Papa is a National Chess Master starting at the age of 7, he has mastered the chess game.  He enjoys teaching and sharing his knowledge about chess and has done so for many years.

Baking with the Colonels

Pie Dough 101 Class

Teaching you the simple tricks to making homemade pie dough easy and successful just in time for Thanksgiving

You will work hands on with Chef J.P. Daigle, the former pastry chef at Commander’s Palace Restaurant to learn how to make simple pie dough from scratch and use it in many different ways. All the dos and don’ts as well as how to use this technique to be more creative and help use up left-overs in your fridge while saving money. We will prepare as a class, cook, eat, learn, but most of all have a lot of fun doing it.


 Tomato Salad Tart

Peppery arugula and red onions salad tossed in a cane vinaigrette over a room temperature tomato tart, with Burrata cheese and pistou

 Crawfish Pie

Turn your favorite etouffee recipe into delicious hand pies perfect for an appetizer or main course

 Apple Pie

Classic apple pie to teach you the methods to make almost any fruit pie, pecan or pumpkin pie

Dates: Saturday, October 29, 2022; 9 AM – 1 PM

Fee:  $130.00 (includes supply fee)

Instructor: Chef Jean Paul Daigle

Location:  Culinary Demo Kitchen, Ledet Building 

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