Join the St. Bernard Chamber's Women's Professional Network on Monday, May 10th for a cooking demo with Chef Susan Spicer and Nunez Community College's own, Chef Ruth Varisco.
There will be light refreshments and beverages provided.
Susan Spicer began her cooking career in New Orleans as an apprentice to Chef Daniel Bonnot at the Louis XVI Restaurant in 1979. Her resume includes staging with Chef Roland Durand in Paris, extensive travel in Europe and California, as well as stints as chef at Savoire Faire and the Bistro at Maison de Ville in New Orleans. She and Regina Keever partnered together to open Bayona in the spring of 1990. With solid support from local diners and critics, Bayona soon earned national attention, countless awards and has been featured in numerous publications. Susan received the 1993 James Beard Foundation's Best Chef Southeast.
Susan's first book, entitled Crescent City Cooking: Unforgettable Recipes from Susan Spicer's New Orleans, was released in 2007. New Orleans Magazine awarded it Best New Cookbook, and it was also included in Food & Wine's Best of the Best recipe collection.
In May of 2010, Susan was inducted into the James Beard Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America. The same year she launched Mondo, a casual, family-style restaurant which opened in Chef Spicer's neighborhood of Lakeview. In October 2016 she opened her third restaurant, Rosedale, a neighborhood joint in a unique and historic building that serves her own style of Louisiana home cooking. In the Spring of 2019, Mondo will join other great New Orleans restaurants in the new terminals at Louis Armstrong International Airport.
Chef Ruth, as she is known on campus and across the foodservice and hospitality community, has been a dedicated faculty member with Nunez Community College since 1994. In her more than 25 years leading the Culinary Arts program at Nunez, Ruth Varisco has taught, inspired and shaped the work ethic of hundreds of students who have gone on to staff the kitchens of New Orleans, the South and the country. Her students include restaurateurs and bakery owners, culinary entrepreneurs, culinary arts educators and even a celebrity chef who never fails to mention how Chef Ruth and her high expectations helped her to achieve her goals. Among her many accolades, Chef Ruth was named "2018 Chef of the Year" by the New Orleans Chapter of the American Culinary Federation and was honored by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System as the Excellence in Teaching award winner for Nunez Community College.
Thank you to our generous event sponsors Chicory Productions and Nunez's She Means Business!