AARP Louisiana Salutes Our Veterans!

 Many thanks to AARP Louisiana for sponsoring our November Pay What You Can Day! We greatly appreciate their support of our programming and community. This Pay What You Can Day will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.

November’s menu will be:

Smothered Turkey Necks 
with Mac and Cheese and Corn

Fried Catfish 
with Mac and Cheese and Corn

Mixed Green Entrée Salad with Mandarin Slices, Pecans and a Raspberry Vinaigrette.

and Bananas Foster Bread Pudding for dessert!

Applications Open for Class 6!


We’re open for applications for Class 6! 
Our program is open to young adults ages 16 to 24. The class starts on November 6th and applications are open till October 27th.Walk in applications are welcome Monday-Friday 9 AM-4 PM. You can also apply online at:

Cafe Reconcile, 3rd Floor
1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113

If you have any questions, please contact:
Rachel Crump
504-934-1626 (office),

Top Chef Reconcile Postponed

Due to inclement weather from Tropical Storm Nate, Top Chef Reconcile has been postponed to Thursday, October 12th. The event will start with a cocktail hour at 5 PM, followed by a seated, tasting dinner from 6-8 PM, featuring the competing teams’ mystery ingredient dishes. Attendees will be able to participate in a drawing for 2 seats at the Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Carnivale Du Vin!
We will not be selling any additional tickets, but all previously sold tickets will be honored at the event on Thursday. If you are unable to attend, please consider making your ticket purchase a donation to Cafe Reconcile in support of our transformative programming for young adults. If you would like a refund for your ticket, please contact Lisa LaFleur at .
Thank you for your patience and understanding, we hope to see you safe and sound on Thursday! Your support makes it possible for our students and alumni to continue their strides towards independence, employment, and education.

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


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.