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President’s Party with a Purpose

Sunday, October 17: 6:30 – 8 p.m. Central

Celebrate the city of New Orleans with Academy President Kevin Sauer, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND at the President’s Party with a Purpose! Special presentations from local personalities will bring the Big Easy right into your home, and all proceeds from the event will support the Academy Foundation, whose mission is to empower current and future food and nutrition practitioners to optimize global health.

Tickets are $10 for FNCE® attendees and $5 for students. Purchases are tax deductible.

Drink and Learn with Elizabeth Pearce


Join drinks historian Elizabeth Pearce of Drink & Learn for a virtual happy hour that combines the engaging history of classic cocktails with interactive drink-making demos. Learn about the people, places and events that informed each drink’s creation, with a healthy dose of cocktail-mixing advice. Participants will receive the ingredient list in advance.

About the presenter:
Elizabeth Pearce is founder and owner of Drink & Learn and has been named a “Person to Watch” by New Orleans magazine. She hosts the Drink & Learn podcast and authored The French Quarter Drinking Companion.

Big Easy Cuisine with Chef Michael DeVidts

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Enjoy a taste of Louisiana with the New Orleans School of Cooking! Expert chef and New Orleans historian Michael DeVidts will tell the culinary story of the city as he guides you through preparation of traditional dishes. Participants will receive the shopping list and recipes to cook along at home!

About the presenter:
Chef Michael DeVidts is a Director of the New Orleans School of Cooking. He also has a Masters in History from Tulane and is a licensed tour guide.

Second Line Sounds with Brass Band PARIGI

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PARIGI, one of New Orleans’s foremost brass bands, will perform a mix of jazz, traditional songs, folk, and more! PARIGI promises to bring all the fun and energy from what has been called “the quintessential New Orleans art form”—the second line parade—right into your home!

About the presenter:
PARIGI is a diverse ensemble of professional musicians who strive to preserve the history and culture of brass band, second line, jazz, and other iconic New Orleans styles.

Sights and Sounds of New Orleans

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Discover the Big Easy with these curated tours! The expert guides of NOLA DMC share the rich history of New Orleans while guiding you through its quintessential neighborhoods and most iconic areas.

About the presenter:
NOLA DMC is a creative team of New Orleans locals who offer authentic experiences revolving around what is fresh and unique in New Orleans.