Culinary Arts Series 2024


The Hammond Regional Arts Center is excited to present the 2024 Culinary Arts Series beginning on May 13. The event will take place at the lovely dining room of Strawberry Manor Events located south of Downtown Hammond on 1690 Veteran's Ave. Culinary Arts Series is a signature fundraising event for the Arts Center that features an intimate dining experience while receiving engagement from our guest chefs.

Each year, the HRAC coordinates with local and regional restaurants to bring a one-of-a-kind culinary experience for patrons. Each event will begin at 6 p.m. During the event, each chef will prepare an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert while demonstrating their culinary techniques to attendees. Complimentary wine will be provided with each meal served on antique China. A cash bar is also available.


2024 Culinary Arts Series


Monday,  May 13 at 6 p.m.

Buddies Bar & Grill
featuring Owner-Chef Michael Liuzza and Executive Chef Matt Hauck

Chefs of Buddies Bar and Grill receiving a token of appreciation, a sculpture, made by artist Jerry Hymel. Pictured, from left, Executive Chef Matt Hauck,  Hammond Regional Art Center Executive Director, Melissa Griffin, Buddies Bar and Grill owner, Chef Michael Liuzza. Photo by Pam Bankston.


Monday,  June 10 at 6 p.m.


Salty Joe's
featuring Chef Francisco Esqueda



Monday,  July 15 at 6 p.m.

featuring Chef Brandon Martinez


Monday,  August 12 at 6 p.m. 

Cena; Hammond 
featuring Cena; Hammond Culinary Team & Chanc Kinchen, Proprietor





Special Thanks

Dana Goblowsky

Kirk Hood

Jan Songy

Sue Gautier

Judy Sharp

Debbie Grace

Carolyn Howard

Mary Ellen Scherer

Dorothy Sledge

Joann Seale

Tara Hudgins

Cynthia Everard

Liz Nemeth

Beverly Covington