Thank you Capital One!

Thank you to Capital One for sponsoring Class 5 of 2017! Capital One is focused on building up the future of the communities they serve. We are excited to partner with Capital One and grateful for their support of Reconcile Youth!

If you’re interested in meeting Class 5, stop by on October 17th for our Pay What You Can Day! Wear your most spooktacular outfits for the autumn extravaganza!  Guests can pay any amount for their first meal! Second meals cost $10 a piece. Your donations help support our young people, providing job training and other services.

 

Competition Stirs the Pot with Top Chef Reconcile

New Orleans chefs are a highly competitive group and paired with a worthy cause, you’ll see the best emerge, lending their time and talents. Harnessing the energy of our chefs and notable community leaders, the concept for the inaugural “Top Chef Reconcile” fundraiser was developed to bring together attendees across various industries.

During the event, Sunday, October 8, 2017, 5-9 p.m., Café Reconcile will host six teams of two cooks and one professional chef. Using a mystery ingredient, the teams will create a unique dish in an effort to not only impress the judges, but also tempt the taste buds of the crowd for the “fan favorite” title. The teams will be judged on presentation, taste, incorporation of the mystery ingredient and most importantly, how much money they raise for Café Reconcile.

“I am honored to play a part in raising funds and awareness for Café Reconcile,” said Michael Gulotta, chef/owner of Maypop and MoPho Restaurants. “I have always supported their mission and do believe it makes a difference. Plus, there is no better way to bring some excitement to fund raising than a little friendly competition and I’m sure having two local cooks on my team will garner us some favor with the judges and attendees.”

Dickie Brennan, owner of Dickie Brennan & Co., will serve as a celebrity judge for the event and has a strong history with Café Reconcile, as he’s hired graduates of their restaurant program.

“Café Reconcile provides an opportunity for at-risk youth to experience the rewards of working in the restaurant and hospitality industry,” said Brennan. “I’m grateful for the chance to participant as a judge and for those competitors who are using their influence to encourage others to give to this worthy cause.”

Café Reconcile transforms the lives of young adults and the community through the ministry of reconciliation. This mission is accomplished by encouraging personal growth, providing workforce development and training, promoting entrepreneurship, working with businesses, nonprofits and people of faith to support this transformation, and building strong communities through community economic development.

“I didn’t hesitate to agree to compete in the first Top Chef Reconcile,” said Wendy Waren, VP of Communications, Louisiana Restaurant Association. “To support young people as they aspire to improve their lives is truly rewarding and the hospitality industry offers so many opportunities for them to succeed.”

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board has generously agreed to sponsor the event.

Tickets for General Admission beginning at 6:30pm are available now at $50 per person. VIP Patron tickets sold at $100 per person will include 5pm premiere admission to the judging and first access to the tastings prepared by the competition teams, as well as all other tastings and features available to General Admission ticket holders. To purchase tickets or make a donation to support your favorite team, visit www.topchefreconcile.org.

Thank you IBERIABANK!

Thank you to IBERIABANK for sponsoring “Pay What You Can Day” in July and September! IBERIABANK is committed to supporting New Orleans and the communities that they service across the Southeast. We are excited to partner with Iberia Bank and grateful for their support of Reconcile Youth.

Join us on Tuesday, July 11th from 11AM-2:30PM for a delicious meal and lots of laughs with our students from Class 3. Guests pay any amount for their first meal! Your donations allow our young adults to receive job training and support services.

Reconcile Roundup, April 2017

Cafe Reconcile enjoys a relatively strong brand awareness in not only New Orleans, but across the country.  Almost 17 years of serving the youth of our community with a unique model of blending the non profit and for profit sectors will afford one organization this type of recognition.

But how many people have visited Cafe Reconcile in the last 90 days?  In the last six months or a year?  When is the last time YOU visited Cafe Reconcile?

Trying to be accommodating for more Cafe Reconcile lovers to visit us – or to get re-acquainted again – we rolled out weekly Friday night dinners in March.  The menu is solid, the atmosphere is more laid back as you can grab a drink and unwind after a long week.  And the experience is predictably very mission-centered.

Come see us at Cafe Reconcile for Dinner – every Friday from 5:30pm – 9:00pm.  Reservations are available, but not required.  I hope to see you there soon.

I am a firm believer that a  nonprofit with a solid mission has to perform a simple task to gain support from an engaged community – tell its story.  The more people who truly know a non-profit’s mission and how it goes about executing that pursuit, the more people who will roll up their sleeves to support this mission.

That’s where the idea of Dinner service began – allowing more people to experience Cafe Reconcile and thus partner with us in our mission of helping talented young people transform their lives.  Yes, we hope to make a little money to go back into our efforts – the bar service alone should help us there – but the real motivation is to spread our message to more people.

I try to make an appearance in our dining room each day at lunch.  Many faces are familiar – repeat customers, some with loyalty stretching back years.  But a workday lunch is a much different experience than a weekend dinner.  Catching up with a friend over lunch or working on a business plan is a much different dynamic – with time constraints – then heading out with family or a group of friends to enjoy dinner.

Our staff feels the difference also.  The kitchen hums a little faster as demand peeks and the variety of what can be prepared has expanded.  The wait staff juggles higher service expectations of a dining experience at dinner as well as the needs of a limited but effective wine list.  There is a buzz at Cafe Reconcile on Fridays – all day.  We can’t wait to sing open those doors at 5:30pm

Come see us for Dinner.  If you are in for lunch all the time, thank you.  Introduce someone else to a fabulous meal and remarkable mission.  If you haven’t seen us in a awhile (or ever), please consider this your special invitation.

More than 1,500 alumni have been impacted by Cafe Reconcile since it was first founded.  We were able to do that because of community support.  You see Cafe Reconcile didn’t do that.  We, the community, did that.  That is our way forward.  The New Orleans community supporting this New Orleans asset.  How much fun is it that this support can be in the way of sharing a great meal.

Help us serve the young people in our care.  Come see us for dinner.
-Gerald Duhon, Executive Director

Now Open For Friday Dinners

Beginning this week on March 17th, Café Reconcile will be open for dinner every Friday night!

Friday dinners offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy delicious food and get to know our mission outside of our lunchtime hours.

Executive Director, Gerald Duhon, encourages you to learn more about Reconcile’s story: “The more our customers know about our amazing mission, the more successful Café Reconcile is at transforming the lives of young adults.”

Click here to reserve a table. We hope to see you on Friday Nights!

Alumni Highlight: Densel Adams

Densel, the lead sauté cook at Galatoire’s, is just one example of a Reconcile Graduate giving back to Café Reconcile. For the past two years, Densel has maintained a job at Galatoire’s while also mentoring Reconcile Students as a graduate trainer in our café. Densel’s commitment to sharing her experiences and providing encouragement to students speaks volumes about her dedication to helping youth grow personally and professionally:

“A week after my graduation I came back to Reconcile because I liked it so much and wanted to help bring people from where they are, which is similar to where I was, and to show them that they can do more. That’s why I’m still here.”

Graduate trainers at Café Reconcile are the heart and soul of the café. Supporters like you allow our trainers to continue to provide guidance to our youth. Make a gift today to help Reconcile continue to provide workforce development training and support services to 100 youth each year.

Congrats, Chef Joe!

Chef Joron Smith has worked at Café Reconcile for almost 14 years and has served as a positive role model and inspiration to hundreds of Reconcile Youth. In December, Chef Joe graduated from Delgado’s Culinary Arts Program with an Associate Degree in Culinary Management. He completed his degree while working at Café Reconcile and raising four children. Chef Joe has passionately impacted young people’s lives and passed on both job skills and life skills to our youth:

“Reconcile feels like my purpose and what I’m meant to do. Over the years, I’ve been an example to young men and women to understand that there is hope. That was one of the reasons I went back to school. I don’t believe in telling people, I believe in showing people.”

Chef Joe has big plans for Reconcile and our future students who come through the program:

“At Reconcile we’ve been able to passionately affect young people’s lives. I want to make sure we can continue to do that and grow, while meeting the needs of the young people. I want Café Reconcile to be around for our students’ future children. That’s how much I believe in Café Reconcile.”

Reconcile is grateful to have such a dedicated and talented mentor, who cares so deeply about this program and our youth.