The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University is the first dedicated teaching kitchen to be implemented at a medical school.

The center provides hands-on training for medical students through culinary medicine classes in the form of electives and seminars as well as continuing education for the healthcare and foodservice industries.


Save the Date!

June 14-17, 2018
New Orleans, LA

We are delighted to announce that registration for Health Meets Food: The Culinary Medicine Conference, to be held June 14-17, 2018, will open December 1, 2017. Join us for what will be another exciting opportunity to expand your culinary medicine skills and network with other professionals.

Our Friday morning Keynote Presentation will be given by Brian Wansink, PhD.

Dr. Wansink is the John Dyson Professor of Marketing, the Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and Co-Director of the Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, and co-founder of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement at the Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management in the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. He is also the author of over 150 peer-reviewed papers and of the best-selling book Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think (2006) and Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life (2014).

On Saturday morning this year’s conference will build on last year’s themes, with continued focus on food insecurity and a panel of innovators in the field.

Sunday, June 17th we will launch programming that looks at the food supply chain, with a specific emphasis on antibiotic use and its impact on antibiotic resistance in the clinical setting, as well as practical strategies for healthcare providers and culinarians to take action.

We will offer both a Culinary/Clinical track this year and an Academic track. Registration will include two hands-on cooking modules, over 8 hours of lectures, skills building sessions, and seminars for a total of up to 23 hours CME.

We are pleased to announce the 4 chefs for our 2017 – 2018 Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine Celebrity Chef Dinner Series

Purchase the the remaining three dinners is $350.00.  Individual dinner tickets are transferrable.

All funds raised from the sale of dinner series tickets directly supports our Community Cooking Classes. Tickets can be purchased here. 

January 20, 2018: Kristen Essig, Coquette

Kristen Essig was born and raised in Florida. After graduating from the Johnson & Wales Culinary School in 1998, Kristen worked with James Beard award winning chefs, Chef Frank Lee of Slightly North of Broad and Chef Louis Osteen of Louis’ Charleston Grill. Seventeen years ago, Kristen made New Orleans her home, kicking off her Crescent City culinary career with Chef Emeril Lagasse at Emeril’s, followed by a four-year turn with Chef and mentor Anne Kearney at the famed New Orleans Restaurant, Peristyle. She joined the Crescent City Farmers Market as market manager where she cultivated strong relationships with local farmers, producers and vendors. Kristen proudly joined the Coquette family in the fall of 2016 as a co-chef and partner with her love, Michael.

May 12, 2018: James Leger, Tía Pol

James Leger is the executive chef at Tía Pol restaurant in Manhattan. Tía Pol is owned by Heather Belz and Mani Dawes who worked together at L’Economie Restaurant in New Orleans. When a friend showed them the sliver of a space on 10th Avenue that would become Tía Pol, they saw a chance to bring a piece of Spain to New York. Mani and Heather envisioned the exact style of tapas bar they would create based on the many “tapeos” — going from bar to bar, eating and drinking — they experienced around the Lavapies and La Latina neighborhoods of Madrid. All that was left to decide was the name. Since the day it opened, Tía Pol has strived to capture the magic of Spain and share it with New York and, along with James Leger, they bring that same spirit to New Orleans for a night at the Goldring Center.

With Music Curated by Murf Reeves

The foundation for Murf Reeves’s music passion was laid by his grandfather who had a listening room filled with records from floor to ceiling. It was then that Murf learned that people listened to music with such serious intent and he wanted a listening room of his own. He started listening to anything and everything, genre hopping, and is equally at home with Tony Bennett, R.E.M. or Public Enemy. After beginning a career in the service industry, Murf started a second career as a radio personality (DJ) for New Orleans based WWOZ 90.7 fm/ From there his music ventures continued at Preservation Jazz Hall as a live performance emcee, tour manager, booking agent, and one of the architects for the Preservation Recordings record label. In 2013, he was recognized by the Grammy Foundation for contributing to the Living Legends Recording Documentary.


Alliance for a Healthier Generation Video

This is a great video shot by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.  It was shown at the ceremony where the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine was awarded the Innovation Award for Health Care Provider Training and Education.  More information on their WEBSITE.

Chef Leah Takes You Grocery Shopping

Don’t miss this great video of Chef Leah shopping for a family of four.  A week’s worth of groceries for not much money…

Family Cooking Classes

GCCM is now enrolling families for cooking classes. We are offering Free Family Cooking Classes to families with children enrolled at a N.O. College Prep Schools (Crocker, Cohen and/or Sylvanie Williams). Parents and children will learn side-by-side how to cook healthier foods, how to cook together, how to prepare healthy foods inexpensively and MORE!

Contact Chef Katie at, or call 504-988-9108 if you are interested. Classes start in a few weeks and spots are limited so contact us today!

Upcoming New Orleans CME Classes


We have Continuing Medical Education scheduled in June 2017. You can see a detailed schedule and sign up at our CME page.

Watch the video below to experience our community cooking classes for yourself

The clip includes testimonials from community members, medical students, volunteers, and our very own Chef Leah!

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