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Chefs Alon Shaya and Zach Engel Join Forces to Support the New Orleans Career Center

NEW ORLEANS – This fall, the Shaya Barnett Foundation and the New Orleans Career Center (NOCC) will be joined by award-winning chefs Alon Shaya and Zach Engel for an intimate dinner benefiting the New Orleans Career Center’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality trainees. Funds raised will support the opening of an all-new culinary lab with state-of-the-art kitchen tools and appliances.

The party will take place on October 10 at Saba, with a lavish four-course menu curated by the chefs to showcase the far-reaching influences, from Israel to the American South, that first united them in the kitchen years ago. Now, as the two join forces again, Chef Zach will bring inspiration from Galit, his Michelin star restaurant in Chicago, with dishes like Chicago Foie Gras Blintzes and Zach’s Brisket hummus. The family-style dinner will showcase the best of what fall in Louisiana has to offer, with Grape Leaf Wrapped Lemonfish, Wood Fired Pita served alongside Blue Crab Hummus with fall squash, and Galit carrots with hazelnut duqqa. The meal has a sweet ending with cookies designed by NOCC trainees. Beverages will include signature cocktails and wine paired to enjoy while supporting local educational initiatives.

Additionally, in the week leading up to the event, the organizations will host a virtual auction featuring premium offerings, ranging from VIP tickets to a Lumineers concert, gourmet experiential activations, and much more. The virtual format creates an opportunity to support the cause for anyone who cannot attend the in-person event. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the NOCC’s mission to serve as an educational hub for high-quality technical education.

NOCC is especially near and dear to Chef Alon since at age 16 career and technical education forever changed his life and helped him find his career path. Those interested in bidding can peruse the offerings and find additional information on the auction page starting October 3.

Date: Monday, October 10, 2022, at 6 p.m. CST

Location: Saba – 5757 Magazine Street Suite A, New Orleans, LA 70115

Details: Join Chefs Alon Shaya and Zach Engel for an evening to support the New Orleans Career Center (NOCC) and the Shaya Barnett Foundation for a family-style meal, music, mingling, and an online auction to benefit the NOCC.

Tickets: Tickets for the event start at $400 and can be purchased here. Attendees are asked to please indicate dietary restrictions to

Virtual Auction: The virtual auction will take place from October 3 through October 10, with all proceeds benefiting the NOCC. Stay tuned for more information and items to bid on.


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