The NOCHI Building

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown New Orleans, the iconic NOCHI building is a combination of old and new. Portions of the historic building were constructed as the Bradford Furniture Company Building sometime before 1929, and designed by the noted architect Leon Weiss, who also designed the State Capitol Building in Baton Rouge. In the 2000’s, a large investment was made into new construction that connected the historic portions and created the foundation of NOCHI’s property.

When this five-story, 90,000 square-foot building reopens in 2019, it will be the crown jewel of a culinary mecca.

The Culinary Lab Kitchens

The two state-of-the-art teaching kitchens will serve our students as they work towards their Culinary Arts certificates. The Emeril Lagasse Foundation Culinary Lab and another soon-to-be named lab have student workstations that have been specifically designed and equipped to teach the next generations of our industry’s talent.

Baking & Pastry Lab Kitchens

As the heart of the Baking & Pastry certificate program, our two Baking & Pastry labs will create an immersive environment for our students to master their skills. Both the Sherry & Alan Leventhal Baking & Pastry Lab and another soon-to-be named lab will feature student workstations that have been specifically designed and equipped to teach the next generations of our industry’s talent.

Food Science & Sensory Lab

This unique space will function as a lab for taste tasting, product testing and collaborative food science instruction with local education partners.

The Dining Lab

Built out as a functioning restaurant space, this lab will provide NOCHI’s certificate students an opportunity to showcase their “back of house” & “front of house” skills during their two-week capstone course that is the culmination of their 20-week certificate program. This area will also host hands-on enthusiast courses and pop-up dining experiences.

The Wine & Spirits Lab

Located of the top floor, this multi-functional space will be a hub for students and local and visiting enthusiasts to learn about wine and spirits. As an event venue available for rent, this space will include the spacious outdoor terrace.

The Catering Kitchen

As part of NOCHI’s top-floor event space, this kitchen will enable students to continue their experiential learning as they staff events of all sizes to offer guests the superior food and hospitality synonymous with New Orleans.

NOCHI Has Even More Learning Areas

Both the Caeser’s Foundation Classroom and the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Classroom will provide meaningful education and career training for students to create lifelong culinary and hospitality careers. The computer lab will offer the latest technology for students to access online learning materials, create résumés, and participate in tutorials for industry-specific programs.

Spaces to Enjoy

The Parick F. Taylor Student Commons is a communal gathering space on the second floor where students can meet, study and collaborate. As the entry space for all building visitors, the impressive Sazerac Lobby is expected to welcome thousands of students, faculty, staff and guests annually. The Courtyard is located on the first floor adjacent to the lobby, an open-air area visible throughout the building that will welcome visitors and offer a venue for small events.


All kitchens at NOCHI will be furnished with new kitchen equipment provided by a wide representation of members of the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM).


Student amenities will also include day-use lockers, student commons areas and Wi-Fi service throughout the building.


While there will be no private parking for NOCHI, options for adequate, lighted parking will be made available to its students, employees and guests.

Location Info

Event & Banquet Space

NOCHI’s premier event spaces are located on the top floor of the building boasting unique and breathtaking views of New Orleans in every direction.  The fifth floor boasts a large banquet/meeting room with an adjoining outdoor terrace space with sweeping views of the New Orleans downtown skyline.  Additionally on the fifth floor, NOCHI’s Wine & Spirits Lab, featuring a large bar area and separate terrace with views of Lee Circle and the Crescent City Connection bridge, will be “the” spot for letting the good times roll in New Orleans.

2019 events can be booked starting this Fall.

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