15th annual Lafcadio Hearn Dinner at Nicholls to Feature Chefs Brigtsen, Shaya


THIBODAUX – Celebrate Louisiana cuisine Monday, March 5, at the 15th annual Lafcadio Hearn Award and Distinguished Visiting Chef Series, presented by the John Folse Culinary Institute

at Nicholls State University.The event will honor Chef Frank Brigtsen, who trained under internationally renowned Chef Paul Prudhomme and is now the co-owner of New Orleans’ Brigtsen’s Restaurant and Charlie’s Seafood with his wife, Marna.



The evening’s dinner will feature dishes created by distinguished visiting chef and Philadelphia native Alon Shaya. Attendees will enjoy Shaya’s wild mushroom vellutata, with truffle bruschetta;    beet and blood orange salad with fresh herbs, hazelnut vinaigrette and arugula; slow roasted pork coppa, whole grain polenta and artichokes “stracotto;” and banana zuppa inglese with peanut brittle.


An associate of 2011 Lafcadio Hearn honoree Chef John Besh, Shaya forged a partnership with Besh in 2008 to open Domenica, a family-oriented Italian restaurant in New Orleans’ historic Roosevelt Hotel.





The Nicholls award dinner will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by the distinguished visiting chef’s presentation and dinner at 7 p.m., in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Bollinger Memorial Student Union at Nicholls.

Tickets are $150 per plate and must be purchased by Monday, Feb. 27. For reservations, call 985-449-7114.

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