News From the Kitchen
Last Thursday night, we transformed our cafe space with low-lit candles, crisp linens, and psychedelic Cambodian pop music for our March Guest Chef Night! Chef Mike Gulotta of Maypop, MoPho, and Tana at Treo took over the kitchen. Guests enjoyed a delicious 3-course dinner prepared by Chef Gulotta, themed around a fusion of Southeast Asian and New Orleans cuisine.
Guest Chef Nights at Liberty’s Kitchen are monthly fine-dining experiences which are open to the public and feature cuisine prepared by various acclaimed chefs in New Orleans. Liberty’s Kitchen alumni work alongside the chefs, giving them the opportunity to learn about the menu, various plating techniques, sample the menu items, and take part in the dynamic process of executing a fine-dining experience. Guests include supporters of Liberty’s Kitchen, community members, and our program graduates.
Guest Chef night honored two recent graduates, Devin and Jasmine, who both thanked everyone for attending and supporting the program. Another Liberty’s Kitchen alum, Darnell who graduated, in 2016 and works as an IT technician while he attends college, shared a few words.
“I love coming back to Liberty’s Kitchen because it feels like home to me and it’s like seeing my second family.” —Darnell, YDP Graduate C’16
Gulotta, who describes his cooking style as “Mekong Delta meets the Mississippi Delta,” created an exceptional menu. Favorites dishes of the evening were the chaat salad and the main course, palm sugar glazed pork belly paired with red beans in gulf shrimp, xo sauce and crispy rice cakes. Before serving his delicious “Maypop Tart,” Gulotta shared the intricate process of how he prepared the dessert. Guests savored every bite of the gingerbread-crusted five spice meringue tart.
Both Mike Gulotta and his brother Jeff Gulotta have been longtime supporters of Liberty’s Kitchen and are actively involved with youth initiatives in New Orleans.
“I love being a part of this event and this program. What Liberty’s Kitchen is doing is important for the future of New Orleans.” –Chef Mike Gulotta
Among the guests in attendance at Guest Chef Night were Liberty’s Kitchen Board chair, Matt Schwartz along with other attendees from the Domain Company, Patrick Bordnick, Tulane Dean of Social Work who brought a visiting group of students from San Antonio, and Ysaac Ramirez, Executive Chef at Ace Hotel’s Josephine Estelle Restaurant, a Liberty’s Kitchen employer partner.
Special thanks to West Elm for graciously providing the centerpieces and to our volunteers for serving our guests and helping the night run smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering at our Guest Chef Nights, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and phone number.
We hope you join us for our next Guest Chef Night which will be on April 20th and feature Chef Dana Honn from Carmo Cafe. Tickets are publicized via our newsletter and are limited so sign up here to hear it first. We can’t wait to see you next month!
–Posted by Rhea Lewis, Development Intern
We’ve tallied the votes, counted the generous donations, and eaten to our heart’s content. It’s confirmed: Come Grow With Us 2016 was our best ever. We brought in over $190,000 that will support bright and healthy futures for New Orleans youth through healthy school lunches, career training, and leadership development. Over 500 people came out to have a good time!
Thank you for showing up for youth! Check out some great photos from the night below.
Honoring Chef Alon Shaya with the Youth Advocate Award
Text your bid or submit on the website – see details here. We’ll contact the highest bidders before the live auction to confirm maximum bids – you don’t need to be present to win.
Dinner Lab Select Membership and Unique Dining Experience – coveted Dinner Lab Select membership for two and two tickets to a nomadic, one-of-a-kind Dinner Lab experience in New Orleans ($500 estimated value)
Details: Dinner Lab Select Membership will entitle you to one year of the following: ability to attend events at a discounted price nationwide, 3 week advance notification of events and early sign up, Select Member-Only Events, Happy Hours, Seasonal Parties and Wine Dinners, Elite Chef Access Events, Chef Demos + Classes and Chef’s Table Events. Prize valid through October 30, 2016. Dinner Lab Event subject to availability and restrictions. Restrictions include, but are not limited to, certain Special Events, Select Member Events and Promotions. Your Dinner Lab contact will advise you of any restrictions.
Theo’s Pizza Truck Party – pizza party for 75 friends hosted by Theo’s Food Truck with four different delicious pizzas and salad, a keg of Abita Amber beer, and refreshments ($1,150 estimated value)
Details: the truck will be onsite for 4 hours (including 1 hour of setup). Good through October 30, 2016. Must schedule at least 2 weeks in advance on a mutually agreed upon date subject to availability. One keg of Abita Amber beer be supplied separately.
Dinner Party by Chef Leon Galatoire – dinner for eight friends cooked by the legendary Chef Leon Galatoire in the winner’s home ($2,000 estimated value)
Details: Wine and alcoholic beverages excluded. Expires 10/30/2016; excludes holidays – date to be mutually agreed upon by winner of auction and Leon Galatoire.
Sea Island Luxury Getaway – three night stay for two at the five-star Sea Island resort including dinner at the Chef’s Table in the Georgian Room, golf on a championship course, and custom massages ($3,700 estimated value)
Details: luxury accommodations for two at The Cloister or The Lodge, recipients of Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards for seven consecutive years and voted two of the top five resorts in the Continental US two years in a row by the readers of Travel & Leisure (resort fee and tax included); one round of golf per person on any of their three championship golf courses (cart and forecaddie included); dinner for two at the Chef’s Table in the Georgian Room for “Refined Southern Cuisine” amidst grand décor in a Forbes Five-Star restaurant (excludes alcohol); custom one-hour massage for two at the Forbes Five-Star Spa and Fitness Center, a transformative, 65,000 sq. ft. sanctuary of elegance and serenity; components may not be substituted; to be used on a space available basis within one year (expires October 30, 2016).
Killer Poboys Party – Killer Poboys for 25 friends along with Liberty’s Kitchen potato salad, signature cowboy caviar, chocolate chip cookies, and brownies ($450 estimated value)
Details: 25 Killer Poboys with potato salad, cowboy caviar, cookies and brownies by Liberty’s Kitchen. Subject to restrictions and availability.
Dine Around Emeril’s – appetizers at NOLA, entrees at Emeril’s, and dessert at Emeril’s Delmonico for six friends including American Luxury Limousine transportation ($1,050 estimated value)
Details: $700 Emeril’s gift card, alcohol not included; $350 of American Luxury Limousine services, not available most Saturday nights, must reserve more than 14 days in advance; and customer responsible for service charge of 20% of total charges and/or any tolls if applicable.
Panama Jazz Festival Vacation – round-trip airfare for two on Copa Airlines’ new nonstop service between New Orleans and Panama City, Panama; four day, three night stay in the historic boutique American Trade Hotel (Ace Hotel); VIP Press Pass for the Panama Jazz Festival; and two tickets to Grammy-winning Danilo Perez’s Jazz Club during the festival ($3,500 estimated value)
Must be used January 13-17, 2016 during the internationally acclaimed Panama Jazz Festival
Details: one hotel room for two at the American Trade Hotel Thur-Sun/ January 13-17, 2016; VIP Press Pass for Panama Jazz Festival; two tickets to Danilo Perez Jazz club during the festival. Roundtrip airfare for two from New Orleans to Panama City, Panama on Copa Airlines. Flight includes complimentary warm meals, adult beverages, and two 50 lb. checked bags. Must be used by October 30, 2016. Copa flight dates are flexible if you want to extend your trip; certain blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.
Liberty’s Kitchen invites you to Come Grow With Us, our annual fundraiser featuring the Chef Showdown, a live auction, open bar, live music, and unlimited food from some of the most respected culinary talent in New Orleans.
Join us for a night of fun, food, and a festive atmosphere on the eve of Halloween.