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Liberty’s Kitchen welcomes Dennis Bagneris as new CEO. June 11, 2018.
Liberty’s Kitchen Receives Grant Award from Undergraduates at Tulane University. December 15, 2017.
Liberty’s Kitchen Announces Tiffany Harvill as New Vice Chair. December 4, 2017.
Liberty’s Kitchen Receives Single Largest Grant Commitment to Date. November 17, 2017.
Liberty’s Kitchen Breaks Ground on First School Garden. November 2, 2017.
Taylor Center for Young Leadership Grand Opening. October 31, 2017.
Liberty’s Kitchen Hosts a Youth-Led Mayoral Town Hall Forum. September 27, 2017.
Come Grow With Us 2017. September 12, 2017.
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The Advocate. Crescent City Around the Neighborhoods for December 27, 2017. Liberty’s Kitchen receives a grant award from undergraduate students at Tulane University. December 27, 2017.
WGNO. Kenny’s 12 Days of Giving Day One: Slap Ya Mama spices up the holidays at Liberty’s Kitchen. Kenny Lopez of WGNO teams up with Jack Walker from Slap Ya Mama to surprise Liberty’s Kitchen with seasonings and a $500 check. December 7, 2017.
Mid-City Messenger. Liberty’s Kitchen expansion offers classroom space for young leaders. The grand opening of Liberty Kitchen’s Taylor Center for Young Leadership is highlighted. November 16, 2017.
Mid-City Messenger. Liberty’s Kitchen launches first school garden allowing school to source its own citrus. Liberty’s Kitchen has launched a program giving students access to fresh fruits and veggies while educating the community about healthy choices, nutrition and farming. November 7, 2017.
St. Charles Avenue Magazine. David Emond. Executive Director Dave Emond is highlighted in the Youngbloods column, which spotlights New Orleanians who utilize their time and talent to better the city. November 2017.
Forbes. How One Firm’s Approach is Energizing Community-Driven Development in New Orleans. Liberty’s Kitchen is highlighted as a MyCommunity Partner with The Domain Company. November 2, 2017.
Fuse TV. Watch Big Freedia Make an ‘Explosive’ Strawberry Shortcake with Chef Tasheena. Watch Big Freedia and Chef Tasheena team up at Liberty’s Kitchen to make a strawberry shortcake recipe for Freedia’s cookbook. September 26, 2017.
The Hilton Foundation. A Mutually Beneficial Partnership: Opportunity Youth in the Hospitality Sector in New Orleans. Liberty’s Kitchen is cited as one of the youth development providers that supports opportunity youth on the path to sustainable employment opportunities and career development. September 26, 2017.
Eater New Orleans. Big Freedia Explains Booty Poppin’ Potatoes at Liberty’s Kitchen. Big Freedia breaks it down at Liberty’s Kitchen during an episode of her hit TV show. September 19, 2017.
The Times-Picayune. Learn How To Make Big Freedia’s ‘Booty poppin potatoes.’ Big Freedia makes lasagna alongside Liberty’s Kitchen trainees for an episode of hit show Big Freedia Bounces Back. September 14, 2017.
WBOK. Director of Youth Success Dennis Bagneris and LK graduate Andryan discuss Liberty’s Kitchen and Come Grow With Us. September 14, 2017.
IntheNOLA.com. Liberty’s Kitchen On the Road to Providing New Orleans Youth with Skills to Build Successful Futures. IntheNOLA.com highlights Liberty’s Kitchen fundraiser Come Grow With Us and 2017 award recipients. September 12, 2017.
The Aspen Institute. First Round of Pathways to Careers Fund Projects Announced. Liberty’s Kitchen will partner with the Aspen Institute to pilot a new Career Track program focused on career advancement for youth. September 5, 2017.
The Gambit. 3-Course Interview: David Emond with Liberty’s Kitchen on School Nutrition. Executive Director David Emond discusses the nonprofit’s School Nutrition Program that prepares 3,500 meals a day for low-income children in New Orleans Public Schools. September 6, 2017.
Eater New Orleans. What to Eat at Liberty’s Kitchen’s Gala at the Ace Hotel. August 30, 2017.
The Times Picayune. 9th Ward Health Fair Draws Community into World of Wellness. The event, which drew about 200 people, is just a part of the PRC’s five-year Movin’ for LIFE program, which serves the Upper and Lower 9th Ward. August 24, 2017.
Starbucks. Starbucks Foundation Opportunity for All Grant Recipient Develops Youth into Culinary Experts. The Starbucks Foundation showed its continuous support of Liberty’s Kitchen by announcing it as one of 41 nonprofits to receive the 2017 Opportunity for All grant. August 16, 2017.
Eater New Orleans. Lahpet Burmese Pop-up Takes Up Residence at Hollygrove. Liberty’s Kitchen is awarded one of the Starbucks Foundation’s 2017 Opportunity for All grants. August 16, 2017.
Mid City Messenger. Guest Chef Night at Liberty’s Kitchen to Feature Chef Ysaac Ramirez. Liberty’s Kitchen hosts its August Guest Chef Night on August 17th with Chef Ysaac Ramirez of Josephine Estelle. August 15, 2017.
The Times-Picayune. Starbucks Gives $50,000 to Liberty’s Kitchen. The Starbucks Foundation has supported Liberty’s Kitchen in many ways since it opened in 2009. Recently, it awarded the nonprofit with one of its 2017 Opportunity for All grants. August 15, 2017.
INTA Bulletin. David Emond, Liberty’s Kitchen: Empowering New Orleans Youth. Our Executive Director, Dave Emond, will deliver the keynote address at the International Trademark Association’s annual conference at the Sheraton Hotel on Monday, September 18. August 1, 2017.
New Orleans Public Radio. Where Y’Eat: Rub Your Belly, Pat Your Back at These Nonprofit Cafes. New Orleans food writer Ian McNulty on a growing circuit of nonprofit cafes in New Orleans that serve good food and a higher purpose for local youth. June 29, 2017.
The Times-Picayune. Liberty’s Kitchen’s new CBD cafe dishes out hot lunch deals. June 19, 2017.
Mid City Messenger. Liberty’s Kitchen adds more opportunity with downtown location. The Liberty’s Kitchen Grand Opening featured youth voices and culinary contributions from Chefs Susan Spicer and Alon Shaya. June 5, 2017.
The Advocate. Liberty’s Kitchen opens a CBD cafeteria, and youth development is the main course. Ian McNulty takes a first look at Liberty’s Kitchen Poydras. May 8, 2017.
Mid City Messenger. Liberty’s Kitchen Expanding to Freeport-McMoRan Building in the CBD. Liberty’s Kitchen is opening a new cafe location and youth training facility in the CBD this spring. March 28, 2017.
Biz New Orleans. Mayor Landrieu Announces Fresh Food Retailer Initiative’s Healthy Corner Store Collaborative. Liberty’s Kitchen is featured as a partner in the announcement of an innovative program that will make fresh, healthy food more accessible to families in food deserts and support store owners. March 14, 2017.
Mid City Messenger. Liberty’s Kitchen Celebrates Program Graduates with Guest Chef Night. Liberty’s Kitchen hosted their first Guest Chef Night to celebrate their program graduates and enjoy some amazing food cooked by guest chefs Susan Spicer of Bayona and Candis Koerner of Mondo. February 13, 2017.
USDA. Liberty’s Kitchen Helps Participants Gain Job Skills. Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Administrator Audrey Rowe visited Liberty’s Kitchen on September 20 to learn about how they have partnered with the SNAP E&T program to help promote job skills training. November 29, 2016.
New Orleans Advocate. Behind the scenes at this weekend’s Emeril Lagasse events, local youth get high-profile experience The New Orleans Advocate recaps Liberty’s Kitchen youth working behind-the-scenes alongside star chefs during Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer organized by the Emeril Legasse Foundation. November 1, 2016.
InTheNOLA.com. Liberty’s Kitchen presents “Come Grow With Us” featuring a Chef Showdown to benefit Youth Development Program. Executive Director Dave Emond along with 2016 Youth Achievement Award Recipients Kiall and Andryan discuss the program and annual fundraiser Come Grow With Us. September 16, 2016.
Food Tank. 20 Training Kitchens Cultivating Skills Around the World. From Cape Town to Palestine to New Orleans, Food Tank recognizes training kitchens across the globe. July 13, 2016.
New Orleans Advocate. Country’s hurting’:Mayor Mitch Landrieu presses for unity amidst string of rallies in New Orleans. The Advocate recaps protests and events related to the murder of Alton Sterling including A Remembrance and Call to Liberty hosted at Liberty’s Kitchen. July 9, 2016.
Hechinger Report. How one young woman got her education back on track in an unusual NOLA kitchen. Andre Perry talks to Nadja Sampson about how Liberty’s Kitchen can provide a fresh start. January 26, 2016.
NOLA.com/Times Picayune. Trombone Shorty Christmas toy giveaway at Whole Foods. Liberty’s Kitchen supplies hot chocolate to young children receiving holiday gifts from Trombone Shorty. December 21, 2015.
WGNO. Liberty’s Kitchen graduate Tevin Clark is making up a batch of healthy pumpkin treats. Tevin Clark shows how to make Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars. October 23, 2015.
WWNO. Liberty’s Kitchen Supports Young People on a Path to Employment. Chef Tasheena, Chondra Allen, and Jason Johnson talk about their experiences with Liberty’s Kitchen. October 6, 2015.
NOLA.com/Times Picayune. After Katrina, New Orleans is a leader in recovery strategies: Zack Rosenburg and Liz McCartney. Liberty’s Kitchen is cited as one of the innovative organizations in New Orleans creating a real path to sustainable employement for opportunity youth in New Orleans. August 27, 2015.
VICE. How New Orleans’ Restaurant Industry Helped Revive the City after Katrina. John Besh cites Liberty’s Kitchen as a key organization in creating opportunities for vulnerable youth in New Orleans. August 27, 2015.
ABC News. How Cooking Helped Change the Life of a New Orleans Katrina Survivor. Syrena and John Besh tell their Katrina stories and discuss how Liberty’s Kitchen is offering unique opportunities to New Orleans youth. August 21, 2015.
NPR. New Orleans Neighborhoods Scrabble for Hope in Abandoned Ruins.Liberty’s Kitchen graduate Marlon Schaffer explains how Liberty’s Kitchen was a major part of his post-Katrina story. August 22, 2015.
New Orleans Will. New Initiatives at Liberty’s Kitchen. New Orleans Will details Liberty’s Kitchen’s expansion into the ReFresh Project and how it has helped young people gain a foothold in the service industry. August 20, 2015.
NPR. In Measuring Post-Katrina Recovery, A Racial Gap Emerges. NPR looks at the racial gap in New Orleans and how Liberty’s Kitchen offers sustainable community development. August 15, 2015.
NOLA.com/Times Picayune. Millennial Awards shine spotlight on New Orleans’ young achievers. Liberty’s Kitchen participates in The Millennials: A Salute to Service awards ceremony. July 26, 2015.
New Orleans Advocate. Chefs from the U.S.S. Wasp and Cafe Hope Win the Seafood Battle of New Orleans. Jerome James takes second place in the Seafood Battle of New Orleans. July 5, 2015.
Yahoo! Finance. Today is Now “National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day. Liberty’s Kitchen and Dole are co-hosting the first ever National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day. May 21, 2015.
The Packer. Produce poised for holiday–but not the one you’re thinking about. Dole and Liberty’s Kitchen team up to create the first National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day. May 20, 2015.
Food & Wine. Top New Orleans Pastry Chefs Name Their Favorite Local Food Innovators. Food & Wine details Chef Syrena’s rising career and amazing story. May 15, 2015.
New Orleans Weddings Magazine. Liberty’s Kitchen–Catering To The Needs Of Our Community. New Orleans Weddings Magazine endorses Liberty’s Kitchen as a catering option that both tastes good and does good. May 15, 2015.
New Orleans Advocate. Liberty’s Kitchen ambitions growing along with its facilities. David Emond discusses Liberty’s Kitchen new space and expansion plans with the New Orleans Advocate. April 26, 2015.
NOLA Vie. Liberty’s Kitchen Expands Offerings for At-Risk Youth. NOLA Vie discusses Liberty’s Kitchen’s move to its new space in the ReFresh Project and the program’s future with David Emond. April 20, 2015.
Hechinger Report. The lost children of Katrina. The Hechinger Report details how nonprofits of New Orleans, including Liberty’s Kitchen, are helping to address long-term social issues caused by Hurricane Katrina. April 2, 2015.
Gambit. Meet seven New Orleans style makers putting the city on the map. Gambit speaks to a couple of stylistic thought leaders in New Orleans who highlight Liberty’s Kitchen as a favorite place to hang out. March 17, 2015.
WGNO. Get the Skinny in the Kitchen: Cowboy Caviar by Chef Tasheena Butler of Liberty’s Kitchen. Chef Tasheena makes Liberty’s Kitchen’s Cowboy Caviar with WGNO. March 11, 2015.
Jackson Free Press. Liberty’s Kitchen: Jackson Bound? Jackson Free Press speaks with Liberty’s Kitchen graduate, Syrena Johnson, about winning the Chefs Move! Culinary Scholarship. March 6, 2015.
Reuters. In New Orleans, training a lost generation while feeding the next. Reuters profiles Liberty’s Kitchen and speaks to students about how the program has improved their lives. March 4, 2015.
NOLA Vie. Mardi Gras Memories Guaranteed at Unique New Orleans Auction. Galatoire’s Foundation holds an auction fundraiser to benefit Liberty’s Kitchen. January 28, 2015.
NOLA.com/Times Picayune. How ReFresh Project, a post-Katrina milestone, built a healthy food hub, including Whole Foods. NOLA.com details the history of the ReFresh Project and how it is a milestone for the community after Katrina. October 24, 2015.
New Orleans Advocate. Liberty’s Kitchen expansion hoping to open more doors for young people.The New Orleans Advocate talks to Liberty’s Kitchen students about the Youth Development Program and the new space in the ReFresh Project. August 31, 2014.
WGNO. Expansion Doubles Youth Development & School Nutrition Programs’ Capacities. Anne Cutler talks to David Emond about the organization’s mission and how reopening in an expanded space doubles its youth development and school nutrition programs capacities within three years. August 31, 2014.
NOLA.com/Times Picayune. Liberty’s Kitchen, now open on Broad Street, satisfies customers’ hunger and the community’s needs.David Emond details how Liberty’s Kitchen’s new space will positively impact the surrounding community. August 22, 2014.
NOLA Defender. Liberty Dwell: Liberty’s Kitchen Re-opens on Broad. NOLA Defender speaks with Dennis Bagneris, Janet Davas, and David Emond about Liberty’s Kitchen’s move into the ReFresh Project. August 22, 2014.
The Gambit. Chefs Rally for Liberty’s Kitchen. Amazing Chefs from many different restaurants around New Orleans will be participating in Come Grow With Us, Liberty’s Kitchen’s annual gala to raise money for their many programs. June 14, 2013.
NOLA.com/Times Picayune. The Morning Dish: Coquette’s shrimp and grits and Liberty’s Kitchen’s caramel brownies.Philanthropist Randy Fertel talks about his favorite dessert, Liberty’s Kitchen’s caramel brownies. September 30, 2012.
OffBeat Magazine. Good Deed on a Dime at Liberty’s Kitchen and Café Reconcile.OffBeat Magazine details Liberty’s Kitchen and Café Reconcile as the best places to do good while eating well. September 27, 2011.
Roadtripnation. Syrena’s Open Road. Syrena Johnson talks about how her hard work with Liberty’s Kitchen has helped her achieve her goals.
WK Kellogg Foundation. Liberty’s Kitchen helps disconnected youth with life, job and professional skills that help them create brighter futures. Graduate Nicholas Burfect discusses how his time in the Youth Development Program changed his life forever.
DJ and Ahmaad Lott came to us as our Young Men's Voices have Power (YMVP) interns. YMVP is trying to change the narrative of the young black man and is funded by the
“Food is like a lifestyle,” Jervon Francis, 19, reflects on her night working back of house alongside Kristen Essig from Coquette. She, along with three other trainees.....
On March 14, 2018, at 10:00 am, students of Liberty's Kitchen led a walk-out in memoriam and protest of the lives lost in the Parkland, Florida school shooting.