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Nicholls Culinary Program opens new building

Nicholls Culinary Program opens new building

Nicholls State University will celebrate the grand opening of the state-of-the-art Lanny D. Ledet Culinary Arts Building, the new home of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute, during a public gathering and ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. August 20 at the Ledet Building, located on the Nicholls campus at the intersection of Hwy. 1 and Bowie Road in Thibodaux.

The opening of the new 33,000-square-foot culinary facility is the culmination of a three-year, $12.6 million project designed to double enrollment at the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute and provide Nicholls culinary students with advanced equipment and cutting-edge technology.

The Ledet Building is equipped with six kitchens, three classrooms and a dedicated student study area. It is also the home of student-operated Bistro Ruth, a 96-seat restaurant named in honor of New Orleans restaurateur Ruth Fertel.

The grand opening will feature remarks by Nicholls President Bruce Murphy, Chef John Folse, Nicholls culinary faculty and students, and state and local officials. The ceremony will also include a remembrance of the late Lanny Ledet, the building’s namesake and Nicholls business alumnus.

Following the ceremony, the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute will host a reception and welcome self-guided tours of the facility.

The Chef John Folse Culinary Institute opened in 1995 as the only four-year culinary arts degree program in Louisiana. The institute currently enrolls about 300 students from across the nation and globe.