There's a lot of Creole cooking on display at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) (1 Collins Diboll Circle, 658-4100;, at least as long as the exhibit Leah Chase: Paintings by Gustave Blache III, is on exhibit. But there's also Cafe NOMA, the eatery that restaurateur Ralph Brennan operates in the museum, and this cafe is now featuring a series of cooking classes each Friday. In fact, Leah Chase herself will be part of the series for a few sessions in July and August.

  The summer cooking series "Art You Can Eat" will be held at 7 p.m. each Friday through Aug. 24. It's free, once you've paid your admission to NOMA. The series is billed as interactive demonstrations of tips and tricks behind classic and contemporary cooking, cocktails and food presentation. It promises to show how to easily replicate professional techniques.

  The series features chefs from the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group properties, including Cafe B, Cafe NOMA, Ralph's on the Park and the Red Fish Grill. Topics range from crafting dessert cocktails (June 15) to "do-it-yourself molecular gastronomy" (July 20) and food photography (June 29). Leah Chase will be part of the events on July 13 (making Creole cream cheese, mozzarella and ricotta), Aug. 3 (making roux and gumbo), Aug. 10 (modern updates to New Orleans classics) and Aug. 24 (on lighter touches for Creole cooking).

Friday, June 15 Event


Artistic License - Cocktails Reinterpreted as Dessert

Grasshoppers, Peach Bellinis and more

For the complete schedule and more details, visit