Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cafe Reconcile

It took me longer than it should have to get to Cafe Reconcile.  It really is a pretty innovative place.  Here is a post in honor of them breaking ground on their space.

For those of you that don't know about Cafe Reconcile it is a program that allows at risk New Orleans teens to learn valuable life skills in a classroom and work setting.  The program starts with three weeks of life skills and then brings then into a restaurant setting to for six weeks where they rotate to different jobs (server, busser, back of the house, etc.) and then concludes with an internship placement.

The Tulane Entrepreneurs Association set up a dinner there a few weeks ago.  I'm rarely that inspired by things but just seeing the pride these kids took in their work was pretty impressive.  I could write all day about what a great program it is but this is a food blog so I'll move onto that.

We paid a set price for a 4 course meal - soup, salad, entree and dessert.

First up was a bowl of andouille and chicken gumbo.  It was pretty good.  I didn't get a picture of the salad but it was a pretty standard side salad with caesar dressing.

Entree was catfish with a crawfish butter sauce with whipped sweet potatoes and green beans.  I'm not normally a big catfish fan but it was good but I didn't have any problem finishing it all.

Dessert was good enough to go back for.  Bananas Foster Bread Pudding.  One of the best bread puddings I have ever had.  Maybe the best.

So if you find yourself in Central City around lunch time stop in and support a good cause.  Really even if you don't spend a lot of time in Central City make the trip.  Its some pretty decent food for a great cause.  Don't skip the bread pudding.


Anonymous said...

This is cool, Justin. I have just been introduced to a similar concept for at-risk young adults here in Charlotte. They also use local foods from the area and the food they make goes to various charities around town...Meals on Wheels, Sunshine Trays, etc. So you basically have three organizations working together strategically - Youth Opportunities, Fighting Hunger, and Sustainability...very cool.

Post a Comment