Cafe Reconcile Wine Dinner

Cafe Reconcile is honored to be one of the beneficiaries for the 2019 New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE). For the first time, Cafe Reconcile joins several of New Orleans’ premier restaurants offering Wine Dinners that begin the NOWFE festivities. Join us on April 3 for a three-course meal designed and prepared by guest chefs and thoughtfully paired with wine from Trinitas Cellars.

  • 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM at Cafe Reconcile, 2nd Floor – 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
  • $75 per person, Community Seating

Wine: 2014 Proprietors Reserve Chardonnay
Salad: Baby Arugula, Strawberries, Granny Smith Apples, Candy Pecans, Goat Cheese, Balsamic Vinaigrette

Wine: 2015 Carneros Pinot Noir
Entrée: New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp and Grilled Ribeye, Potato Au Gratin, Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Caramelized Onion and Apple Smoked Bacon

Wine: 2014 SBLAM Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
Dessert: Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake with Pistachio Granola and Brandy Sauce

To purchase your tickets, click the button below (next to $75.00) and a drop-down menu will appear for you to enter the number of tickets you wish to purchase. (8 seats/table)

Cafe Reconcile Guest Chefs

First Course – Lenika King, Sous Chef and Café Reconcile Trainer
Second Course – Corey Jacobs, Banquet Chef Royal Sonesta New Orleans, and Café Reconcile Board Member
Third Course – Chris Okorie, Sous Chef Martin’s Wine Cellar, Café Reconcile Graduate, and Board Member

Trinitas Cellars

The 2015 Carneros Pinot Noir expresses aromatics of cherry, cinnamon, plum, and fresh tilled earth. This is a bigger style Pinot Noir, typical of Los Carneros, with a beautiful structured entry and weighty mid palate. Slightly dusty tannin and bright ripe cherry linger on the finish.

The 2014 Proprietors Reserve Chardonnay bouquet is delicate yet rich displaying delicious toasted marshmallows, vanilla bean, and the classic Trinitas signature butterscotch. The mouthfeel on the Chardonnay is full and broad. The creamy texture coats your mouth and leads to a lengthy finish. Flavors of freshly popped kettle corn make this a delight and richer notes of crème brûlée, creamed corn, and butterscotch chips. This classic California style Chardonnay has all the beautiful oaky and buttery characteristics you want with a lengthy but clean finis

The 2014 SBLAM is Trinitas’ Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc and got its name from the unlikeliest of places, a barrel barcode. They barrel tasted this wine and someone proclaimed “SBLAM!” The barcode on this barrel read “SBLAM” which reminded them of the nature of this wine, sweet and sublime!

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

Trinitas Cellars

For more information please call Janet Wilson (504) 568-1157 or email

Cafe Reconcile featured on Tastemade

This Food is Changing Lives in New Orleans

Discover the local Creole flavor, love of community and vibrant culture in New Orleans as part of the Capital One Purpose Project, The Series. Join Noelle Scaggs & Chef Marcela Valladolid as they find #MeaningfulMoments throughout the city.

Posted by Purpose Project: The Series on Friday, February 22, 2019

A huge thank you to Tastemade for featuring us in their travel series, Purpose Project. Meeting everyone and getting to share what makes Cafe Reconcile special was such a treat!

Save the Date – Pay What You Can Day is March 12!

2019 Class 1 Participant Dmytryk and Chef Eugene Temple

Café Reconcile has announced its first “Pay What You Can Day” of the year, taking place on March 12, 2019 from 11am to 2:30pm. The café will be offering a shortened menu and is encouraging patrons to pay whatever they are able, whether it is $1 or $100. Patrons will be able to enjoy their choice of either Fried Catfish with Mac and Cheese and Green Peas, Smothered Turkey Necks with Cabbage and Rice, or Irish Cold Pasta as entrees. Apple Crisp will be available for dessert. All patrons are encouraged to pay what they can for their first plate. If they would like to order more, plates are sold at $10/plate.
Over the course of eight weeks, students are inspired to cultivate the skills they already hold through two stages: Foundational Life Skills Classes and Workforce Training. During the eight weeks that students spend at Reconcile, they also receive extensive wrap-around support services. Cafe Reconcile follows students for 12 months post-program to continue to offer these supports.
“Pay What You Can is an outreach that allows RNO to interact with the community and inform them about the services and trainings we provide to our students,” says Eugene Temple, Head Chef at Café Reconcile. This year, Café Reconcile will host a total of three Pay What You Can Days: March 12, August 20, and December 10. Patrons can look forward to delicious seasonal items that are not on the regular menu.
Café Reconcile has transformed the lives of more than 1,700 young people since opening in 2000.  The program works with more than 90 new “opportunity youth” per year and over 250 alumni — young people aged 16-24 who lack employment and educational opportunities or both.  Café Reconcile’s eight-week Life Skills and Workforce Development Program addresses barriers to success, such as homelessness and untreated trauma, while teaching the culinary and professional skills necessary to gain and sustain employment.   
Café Reconcile is open for lunch Monday through Friday, 11 am to 2:30 pm, except on holidays. To learn more about Café Reconcile, visit:

Thank you Leslie Snadowsky and Biz New Orleans for featuring us on Biz Minute! To see the feature, click here.

Class 1 Mock Interviews

Thank you Cased Closed Barbershop!

Some of us got a hair cut today at Cafe Reconcile. Thank you De’Jon Hardges of Cased Closed Barbershop – you’re the best. Here’s a couple of before, during and after photos.

Valentine’s Day Lunch Menu

Behind the Scenes with Class 1

Don’t have tickets to see the Rolling Stones on Thursday, May 2?


Your donation of $13.25 will give you one chance to win a pair of tickets for that day.  If  you  make  it  a  monthly  donation,  we  will  give you 5 chances!

The raffle will close Thursday, April 25 at 3:00 PM and we will announce the winner in the cafe at noon on Friday, April 26th! Join us for lunch that day or watch the announcement live on Facebook.

Alumni Christmas Party!

Café Reconcile – An update from Jeffery.

Café Reconcile hosted its 2nd Annual Alumni Christmas Party on December 10th, 2018.

When you mix cookies, donuts, toys, and kids it’s a sugar rush show and the kids turned the café into their own play zone! We let them run around until it was time to leave and everyone had a smile on their faces. Activities included ornament and cookie decorating, donuts on a string game, plus food and toys. We had a great time handing out the gifts funded in part through a grant from the Hilton Foundation (Thanks Hilton Foundation!)

This is one of the most important and exciting events of the year for me as the Alumni Coordinator, so being in the position to support our Alumni Leadership Council is an amazing opportunity for me to give back. Showing appreciation to our students and alumni for making the life changing decision by coming to Reconcile and completing the program to better their life and have hope for a brighter future for themselves and their kids is a rewarding part of my job.

Here’s a couple photos from the night featuring Jasmine, Eri’Shine, Eldraude, Jamal, Ernest, Thaddelisha, Mussy, Irvian, Nick, Antonisha, Latasha, Rendell, Lauren, Joyce, Maia, and Densel.

Happy New Year and see you in the café!


Alumni Coordinator

Reconcile Graduate 2005