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Dillard University’s Ray Charles Program in African American Culture is offering a new look at food innovation and production with an eight-week Restaurant and Catering Management Intensive course.

The future of food class will support caterers, restaurant/food truck owners, and those wanting to start businesses by providing them with food management skills.

Students will meet for 2.5 hours every week and the class will run Oct. 15 through Dec. 3.  The classes will be led by industry professionals at the Professional Schools Building on Dillard University’s New Orleans campus.

The Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture preserves and celebrates African American culture and foodways in the South.

With New Orleans sitting at the historical and cultural intersection of diverse groups with distinct and recognizable pasts, the program aims to understand how African, Caribbean, European, and American cultures coalesced to create a culture that is uniquely African American.

The Ray Charles Program takes a deeper look at how African American culture is portrayed and taught in an effort to not only preserve that culture but allow students to take ownership of it as well.

Dillard will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2019. For more information, please visit www.dillard.edu

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