An Evening with Alon Shaya & Zach Engel

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An Evening with Alon Shaya & Zach Engel

Join chefs Alon Shaya and Zach Engel for a special one-night only dinner in support of the New Orleans Career Center.

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Saba 5757 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70115

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About this event

The Shaya Barnett Foundation is proud to launch its first-ever fundraiser benefiting the New Orleans Career Center (NOCC). An Evening with Alon Shaya and Zach Engel will be held on Monday, October 10, 2022, at 6pm at Saba in New Orleans. Chef Zach is a James Beard Award winner and also the owner of Michelin Star restaurant, Galit, in Chicago.

Years after working together in the kitchen, Chef Alon and Zach will be joining forces again for a night of delicious food and fun in support of education in New Orleans

Together, the group will raise funds to help furnish NOCC’s new culinary lab with state-of-the-art kitchen tools and appliances. Housed in a newly customized 143,000-square-foot building, NOCC will use this new culinary lab to prepare the next generation of homegrown hospitality professionals. It will also offer high school trainees the chance to prepare for healthcare, engineering, skilled trades and digi/IT careers. By supporting this event, patrons will help change the way career and technical education is delivered in New Orleans.

This is the only training hub of its kind in our city, and with our help, it will continue to make a positive impact in young folks' lives. The NOCC gives trainees from over 20 different charter schools a chance at a head start in their passion. This project is especially near and dear to Chef Alon since at age 16 career and technical education forever changed his life and helped him find his career path. With our help, NOCC can do the same for trainees from over 20 high schools across New Orleans.

Tickets are now available for purchase on Eventbrite and all proceeds support the trainees of the NOCC’s Culinary Program. Please feel free to spread the news and invite family, friends, and colleagues to support!

A tax receipt for can be provided by the Shaya Barnett Foundation for all donations towards this event.

About the Shaya Barnett Foundation:

Shaya Barnett Foundation is committed to providing culinary education and resources to high school students. Through hands-on curriculum, students are able to gain the real-world skills necessary to gain experience and employment in the ever-growing culinary and hospitality industry. Ultimately, the goal is to prepare high school students to head off to secondary education or into the workforce as hospitality professionals with the proper credentials. New Orleans is known all over the world for great food, lodging, and hospitality. Through partnerships with programs like The New Orleans Career Center, The Shaya Barnett Foundation can help to prepare the community to be ready to meet the growing demands of locals and visitors, and really make a lasting impact in the life of a student.

About the New Orleans Career Center:

Since opening in 2018, the New Orleans Career Center has prepared more than 850 high school students for college and careers. More than 120 adults have earned the PCT certification and gained immediate employment. NOCC connects Orleans Parish high school students and adults with clear pathways to high-demand, high-wage careers in healthcare, hospitality, and engineering/manufacturing.

About the Chefs:

Before moving to Chicago, Zach Engel was the Chef de Cuisine at Shaya Restaurant in New Orleans, where he led a talented team to take home the 2016 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant, a culminating triumph at the end of a year of many “Best New” accolades. In 2017, he followed with the James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year Award. His career includes time spent in the kitchens of Zahav in Philadelphia, Catit in Tel Aviv and Michelin-starred Madrona Manor in Sonoma County. Zach’s time growing up in a Jewish household as the son of a rabbi and his many trips to Israel are the grounding elements of his modern Middle Eastern cooking. He lives with his wife and daughters on the North Side.


Alon Shaya is Chef-Partner of Pomegranate Hospitality, which includes Saba in New Orleans, Safta in Denver, and both Miss River and Chandelier Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans. Born in Israel, raised in Philadelphia, and a proud New Orleanian, Alon has always had a deep love and appreciation for food and the singular way restaurants anchor their communities.

In 2017, Alon and his wife Emily founded Pomegranate Hospitality with a mission to create a space where meaningful, lasting relationships are created, community engagement prospers, cultural differences are celebrated, and personal and professional growth of the team are weighed with equal measure.

He is the author of Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel. Part memoir and part cookbook, Shaya shares Alon’s deeply personal journey of survival and discovery, exploring the evolution of a cuisine and the transformative power and magic of food and cooking.

Alon, a multiple James Beard Foundation award-winner, was named "Best Chef, South" in 2015, and his restaurant won "Best New Restaurant" the following year. He was named one of the "50 People Who Are Changing the South" by Southern Living and one of the "50 Most Influential Jews in America" by The Forward.

When not working, Alon loves to spend time with his wife Emily, daughter Ruth, and dog Ceci. He enjoys traveling for new food experiences around the world, playing tennis, and fly fishing