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Friday, June 14, 2013

Chefs rally for Liberty’s Kitchen

Posted By on Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Graduates of the Libertys Kitchen program are featured at the nonprofit cafe.
  • Graduates of the Liberty's Kitchen program are featured at the nonprofit cafe.

The nonprofit café and caterer Liberty’s Kitchen doubles as a culinary training program for teens and young adults who want to change the course of their lives, offering them mentoring, hands-on experience and access to jobs in the city’s hospitality industry. This is a mission people in the local restaurant world understand and support, which is underscored by the impressive list of chefs and restaurants participating in an upcoming fundraiser for Liberty’s Kitchen.

The event is called Come Grow with Us, and it will be held June 21, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Cannery, an events hall at 3803 Toulouse St. in Mid-City.

Jeff Baron, co-owner of Crescent Pie & Sausage Co. and Pizzicare, was in charge of rounding up participating restaurants to provide the event’s food, and he’s tapped a good representation of the new guard in the city’s dining scene.

In addition to his own restaurants they include:
La Petite Grocery
The Three Muses

Chef Adolfo Garcia, of a Mano, Ancora and Gusto (the café component of the Theatres at Canal Place) is also participating.

The event honors Emeril Lagasse and the work of his Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which raises money to support children’s charities in the area.

Proceeds from Come Grow With Us will support the Liberty’s Kitchen programs, and the ticket price includes food from the above restaurants and drinks. The brass/funk band Brass-a-holics and Latin Jazz Trio will perform. Individual tickets cost $75 and are available online or at the door.

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