Some people say that cooking makes us human. If that's true, it explains why we all instinctively gather around the orangey glow of a hearth fire, its fragrant smoke clinging to all it touches. In this hands-on class, we'll let our favorite neighborhood grillmasters from Marjie's take us on a fire-fueled adventure, exploring the many ways the humble grill can enhance (and simplify!) our home cooking. Join us in preparing a flame-kissed feast, from coal-roasted sweet potatoes to chargrilled pork steaks, each element made all the better by a trip in the smoke. We'll finish with a seated, family-style meal that includes wine. About the Instructor Chef Marcus Jacobs began cooking professionally in his native Ohio at the age of 18. He trained under local chef Alana Shock until he moved to California, where he worked for Chef Judy Rodgers at San Francisco institution Zuni Cafe. After mastering the art of the chicken at Zuni, Marcus began his Asian food studies. He traveled through southern Japan, working on farms and learning regional Japanese home cooking. Upon returning to the States, he found himself in New Orleans, which would soon become his home. Working under Chefs Donald Link, Ryan Prewitt, and Rebecca Wilcomb, Marcus spent six years at Herbsaint, where he eventually rose to the position of executive sous chef before leaving to travel southeast Asia. As the chef-owner of Marjie's Grill, he gets to bring together his many different influences in the kitchen each day. Details & FAQs Please wear closed-toe, no-slip shoes! Class will take place in a professional kitchen, and your safety and comfort are our top priority. Long hair should also be tied back. We'll have an apron for you, plus all the equipment you need. When is check-in?Class begins promptly at 6pm. As a courtesy to other guests, please plan to arrive 15 minutes beforehand to allow time for the check-in process. The NOCHI Cafe by Gracious, located in our lobby, also offers a happy hour beginning at 3pm in case you'd like to arrive earlier for bites and drinks. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?You will find ample street parking and several paid parking lots in the blocks surrounding NOCHI. The streetcar also runs directly outside our building! What is your cancellation policy?Tickets are refundable until 30 days before the class. If your plans change, we encourage you to sell or gift them to someone, as they are fully transferrable. We always do our best to accommodate last-minute cancellations but cannot guarantee refunds or credits if we're unable to fill your seat in class. What time do we eat?In most hands-on classes, we’ll devote approximately the first 2 hours to demo and hands-on cooking. After that, we’ll sit down together for a family meal. Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?We absolutely love kiddos, but unless otherwise noted, most classes are designed with adults in mind. Enthusiasts younger than 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. We serve alcohol to anyone age 21+ and will be checking IDs upon arrival. May I take photos during class?Feel free to document your experience with us and share it on social media with the hashtag #intheNOCHI! You can find us on Instagram @nochi_grams, on Twitter @nochi_tweets, or on Facebook. Please leave professional photography and video equipment at home. How can I contact the organizer with any other questions?Drop us a line!