Celebrity Chef Dinner Series: 2018 – 2019

We will continue our yearly Celebrity Chef Dinner series for 2018 – 2019, featuring regional chefs cooking at the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine on North Broad. Join us for a multi-course meal with wine pairings designed specifically for this special series and cooked by four of the finest and most innovative chefs in New Orleans today.

These dinners directly support the free community cooking/nutrition classes that take place at our center and are tax deductible! Join for select dinners, or purchase season tickets to enjoy them all at a discount. All dinners take place at 6:30 pm on Saturdays at 300 N. Broad Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. (Please note we are in the same building as Whole Foods – simply walk in the main lobby and we are straight ahead). Purchase early, as seats are limited!

January 26th, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Chef Martha Wiggins, formerly of Sylvain

Chef Martha Wiggins, formerly of Sylvain

Martha Wiggins was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where she found her passion for cooking and restaurant work at age 15, inspired by her first job making and serving lunch and breakfast fare at a favorite local deli, Pumpernickels.   At age 20, she moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts, and attended a culinary arts program while also advancing her culinary experience in local fine-dining establishments.

In 2010, Wiggins relocated to New Orleans and joined the opening staff of Sylvain as the sous chef to chef Alex Harrell, who helped her develop her creative skills. In October 2014, Wiggins took over as executive chef at Sylvain. Since that time, she has been recognized as a Times-Picayune Chef to Watch (2015), a Gambit Emerging Chef (2015), and was included in Zagat’s 30 under 30 New Orleans list in 2016.  She has twice been a semi-finalist for James Beard awards, including “Best Chef South” in 2018.  In 2015, her holiday appetizers graced the cover of Food & Wine’s December issue. Most recently, she appeared on the July/August cover of Louisiana Living, in which she was featured in an article on women chefs in Louisiana’s top restaurants.

In March 2018, Wiggins stepped down as Sylvain’s executive chef in order to travel, spend time with family, try new things (various fishing expeditions and a butchering apprenticeship are recent adventures), and be reinspired.  She hopes to remain in New Orleans and give back to the community that has so warmly embraced her, and eventually find a new restaurant home where she can grow and evolve.

April 6th, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Chef Jeff Mattia of Royal Sonesta

Chef Jeff Mattia of Royal Sonesta

Executive Chef Jeff Mattia brings a farm-to-table approach to Royal Sonesta New Orleans’ catering operations, as well as its food-and-beverage outlets. He has a passion for local farms and sustainable farming, working with growers like Covey Rise, Chappapeela, Two Run and Southern City Greens.  “Our local farmers represent one of the biggest assets for the city’s restaurant industry,” Mattia says. “Fresh, local ingredients are essential to good cooking, and they have a major role in every aspect of the hotel’s food service.”

Chef’s philosophy effortlessly matches Sonesta’s “Food Is Art” catering philosophy which embraces using the freshest of ingredients from local sources, allowing us to create new seasonal menus offering a unique culinary experience for each event.  As Executive Chef, Mattia personally oversees the menu for every function and will customize any menus to the group’s exact specifications.


Venue Phone: (504) 988-9108

Venue Website:

300 North Broad Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119, United States


The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine

300 North Broad Street
New Orleans, LA

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.

Located inside the Refresh Shopping Center the Center is a short drive or streetcar ride from the conference hotel.

  • November 7, 2018 - July 19, 2019
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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