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Dec 19, 2006 10:21 PM

Cooking with Frank Brigtsen

I just returned from five days in NOLA and wanted to pass along one of the highlights of my trip.

I attended a cooking class with Frank Brigtsen through the New Orleans Cooking Experience held at the House on Bayou Road and it was great! The attendees were 7 local folks, a woman from Alaska and me from San Francisco.

I take cooking classes a lot, mostly hands-on, and I was a little concerned when I learned that it was a demonstration class for the price. However, I figured since it was him, I would take a chance, and I’m so glad I did.

Frank is an extremely generous man, both with his time and his talent. He not only walked us through the recipes step-by-step, explaining how you make it all come out on time, he even told us how he makes the smothered pork chops he cooks at home, and we dutifully wrote down the directions, even though it wasn’t on our menu. For the Andouille and cornbread dressing, the cornbread he made for us was what he used for the dressing. For the pepper jelly glaze on the pork tenderloin, he made the pepper jelly first and then used it to make the glaze. (A lot of demo classes tell you what to do, but use previously prepared ingredients.)

It was a wonderful evening. The wine flowed from the beginning and didn’t stop until we said we had enough. They said the class normally lasts from 5:30pm – 10:00pm, but we didn’t leave until 10:45.

I know it’s expensive, but it was an all-around great experience and well worth the $150 fee. I can’t say enough good things about Frank. I had never met him, but by the time we left, I felt like I had known him for years. And the food was delicious. If you want to treat yourself or someone else, this is a great way to do it.

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  1. Thanks for the informative report. Thank you for visiting New Orleans. That's what we need more than anything - come visit, spend some money, bear witness, and return home as our ambassador(s). New Orleans is a great place to visit and you can get some good hotel deals right now, too. Merry Christmas to all!

    1. Sounds like a good time. Is that something Frank does regularly- the cooking class? Where can I learn more about the class?

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      1. re: Spencer

        He does it pretty regularly. Here's the link, though they don't have a schedule up:


        I don't think there's much going on over the holidays.

        I see notices for the classes, I'm trying to remember where... maybe in the FOOD BRIEFS section in the paper. You can check them online here (Thursdays are Food Section day at the Times Pic):

        1. re: Spencer

          Hi Spencer,

          Yes, he cooks there regularly, about 2 - 3 times a month. If you want more information, you can contact them at:

          Judy Jurisich
          866/500-NOCE (toll free)
          2275 Bayou Road New Orleans, LA 70119

          She was very helpful to me when I was trying to decide whether to take a class there or not...especially since I was arranging it long distance.

        2. My partner took me there before the storm and we had a wonderful time. (This from someone who would much rather eat than cook!)