Introducing the B&B Poboy

Introducing the “Brennan & Bourdain Poboy” at Café Reconcile

New Orleans – Café Reconcile memorializes the life and legacy of Ella Brennan and Anthony Bourdain with the introduction of the “Brennan and Bourdain Poboy” available through June. The poboy, affectionately nicknamed the “B&B,” features buffalo shrimp, bacon, spinach, tomato and crumbled blue cheese on world-famous Leidenheimer bread. “We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the legacy of two culinary giants,” said Gerald Duhon, Executive Director.

Brennan and Bourdain both generously supported Café Reconcile financially. Brennan, the legendary restauranteur who elevated New Orleans cuisine to international status, welcomed dozens of Café Reconcile graduates into her kitchen at Commander’s Palace. Bourdain, chef, food critic, and television personality who dazzled fans across the globe, visited Café Reconcile multiple times. In an episode of “No Reservations” that aired in 2008, Bourdain remarked, “Café Reconcile is a second chance, a place where…anyone can remake themselves.”

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. For more information, please visit


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