|IFBC 2018 Excursion to Liberty"s Kitchen with Dennis Bagneris, CEO|
One place where you can do good by eating is Liberty's Kitchen. On September 21st, around 700 attendees will be at their annual "Come Grow with us..." Gala at the elegant Ace Hotel. The event is a fundraiser but also honors excellence in the program; this year it honors
- Janet Gorence Davas Youth Achievement Award: Max Williams and Kisscha “Keedy” Tiffith
- Calvin Johnson Youth Advocate Award: Troy James
It will be a great event so if you are in the area, buy tickets here You can also donate here too.
More opportunities are the Guest Chef Nights During Guest chef night, the Broad Street Cafe at
|Guest Chef night: It's a thing|
BONUS: Since there is no official wine program, you can bring a special bottle from home with free corkage. If you are in New Orleans, be sure to see if there are any events you can attend as the School does attract wonderful chefs for Guest Chef night ( Click HERE for list of events)
Well all that is well and good, but what all do they do, you ask?
|Superstars of Liberty's Kitchen|
trying to find their way in the culinary field. With two locations in New Orleans at 300 Broad Street as well as a cafeteria on Poydras, traditional culinary apprenticeship is spiced with caring, molded with discipline, shaped by support for the whole person.
And true to form, these kitchens turn out wonderful fresh dishes. As part of the International Food Blogger's conference this year, I was able to go and not only be dazzled by a program that does so much for its students, but turns out mouth watering food.
By combining support services with the apprenticeship, Liberty's Kitchen aims to fill in the missing gaps for these wonderful students who have so much to give. The goal is not charity, but rather help the participants master resiliency and coping skills. Liberty's Kitchen builds community by strengthening the individual and letting them take who they are and go from there.
It's a twelve week program that includes support services for a year. In reality, successful participants build lifelong networks. It's a place that honors the individual, even if that means a second chance to work on your character. The main thing Liberty's Kitchen looks for is employees who care.
|AM:School Kitchen /PM:Commercial Kitchen|
|Alumna who now runs a program|
In partnership with the Top Box program students pack delicious fresh food into boxes. Liberty's Kitchen program is able to help provide beautiful fruit for 40% less. This program makes it easier for people to access fresh food and enables healthier meals at home.
|Top Box Fresh Fruit|
New Orleans is a food destination to gastronauts. Liberty' s Kitchen leverages that to create a space of success and closes off all avenues of failure for those that can change
Learn. Grow. Lead. is what Dennis works tirelessly to enable. We all win when these culinary voices learn to sing with harmony and flavor as I experienced when I tasted their food! I hope you visit when you are next in New Orleans.
Many thanks to Dennis Bagneris aka "Mr. D" for the wonderful experience at Liberty's Kitchen and to the folks at the international Food Bloggers conference for organizing