News From the Kitchen
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We’ve all had that kind of king cake. And, we’re not about that life. Choosing a king cake is an important game-time decision that can impact your workplace, home, and waistline, so we take it very seriously.
So we’ve partnered with Bittersweet Confections, who consistently has a firm, moist, balanced, and inspired king cake that tops the charts. Not only that, they are one of our most reliable hiring partners!
One of our alumni, Chondra, has worked at Bittersweet for two years. She is an avid sweet enthusiast, and said, “Of all the king cakes I’ve tried over the years, this is the one I can’t do without.”
You can get yours at our Poydras Street and Broad Street locations, whenever we’re open. When it comes to king cakes, don’t settle. You deserve better.
Tiffany Harvill has been named the new Vice Chair of Liberty’s Kitchen’s Board of Directors. She will be succeeding long-time board member Denise Redmann, who will continue to serve as a member of the board.
Tiffany currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for InspireNOLA Charter Schools. Tiffany brings to the Liberty’s Kitchen Board substantial leadership experience in financial management, process improvement, and talent development across several industries including social entrepreneurship, retail, commercial lending, management consulting and municipal government. Tiffany is most inspired by the opportunity to fully deploy her professional proficiency in support of enhancing educational outcomes.
Tiffany is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and is a Certified Public Accountant with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Columbia University.
“Tiffany’s unique experience and skills, along with her commitment to our City, make her ideally suited to help guide Liberty’s Kitchen to a bright future. As she assumes this new leadership role, I wish to express our deep gratitude to Denise Redmann, who has been instrumental in guiding the growth of Liberty’s Kitchen from our earliest days,” stated Matt Schwartz, Liberty’s Kitchen Board Chair.
Liberty’s Kitchen has grown significantly in the past year with the launch of a new retail location at 1615 Poydras Street and the renovation and expansion of its headquarters at 300 N. Broad Street, culminating in the Taylor Center for Young Leadership.
Liberty’s Kitchen closed out the 2017 season of Guest Chef Night on November 16th with a fun-filled night of fine dining courtesy of Tenney Flynn of GW Fins. Guests were pleasantly surprised by a champagne welcome along with complimentary wine pairings with each course, which Chef Flynn facilitated in having donated by Republic National Distributing Company and Kobrand Wines. Each course, with the exception of dessert, were seafood items sponsored by Inland Seafood.
Long standing supporters of Liberty’s Kitchen were in attendance as guests and volunteers. A true sense of community and joy was felt by all in the room. Additional volunteers were provided via our longstanding partnership with Starbucks, along with donations from Stephen Torres and Steelite who provided additional flatware and plates, and Ariodante Gallery who donated a piece of art for the live auction.
Attendees also had a chance to hear a first-hand testimonial from Kayla Wilson, a recent Liberty’s Kitchen graduate. Ahmaad Lott, a Young Men’s Voices have Power (YMVP) intern, also shared his thoughts on the importance of the work that Liberty’s Kitchen provides and the need to support New Orleans’ youth.
The Guest Chef Night series will resume in January 2018.
– Letrece R. Griffin, Marketing Specialist
On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the grand opening of Liberty’s Kitchen’s Taylor Center for Young Leadership. Nearly 100 Attendees were able to see firsthand the impact that the center strives to achieve by interacting with program trainees, alumni and staff.
The event included addresses from a mix of Liberty’s Kitchen’s alumna, executives, board members and staff. Andryan LaGarde, a 2015 alumna, lead the program and had the honor of cutting the ribbon. Executive Director, David Emond spoke about the organization’s growth and the vision of the center allowing for an even greater impact on New Orleans’ youth. Board Chair, Matthew Schwartz and Dennis Bagneris, Director of Youth Success, both echoed these sentiments and expectations during their addresses at the event. Phyllis Taylor of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation gave an inspirational talk about the overall mission along with a need to continuously be empowering and compassionate to others.
The Taylor Center for Young Leadership’s namesake comes courtesy of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, whose $250,000 donation was the cornerstone of the expansion. Additional sponsors and project leaders include the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Steve Rosenfeld & Margot Botsford, the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Foundation, the Ella West Freeman Foundation, Domain Companies, the Goldring Family Foundation, the Woldenberg Family Foundation, Woodward Design + Build, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, Frischhertz Electric, and AOS Interior Environments.
Attendees enjoyed touring the new space that is equipped with a technology lab, classroom and work space, along with an event space that is open for rental.
– Letrece R. Griffin, Marketing Specialist