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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.

Liberty’s Kitchen Expands Footprint and Impact with New Poydras Location. June 8, 2017.

Liberty’s Kitchen Sets Table for Major Expansion in Partnership with Freeport-McMoRan. March 22, 2017.

Liberty’s Kitchen Announces Plans to Build Taylor Center for Young Leadership. July 14, 2016.

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The Times-Picayune. Together we can make New Orleans a better place. Liberty’s Kitchen is highlighted as an organization improving the New Orleans community. January 1, 2018.

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 FoundationA 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.

WDSU6 News. Second Annual Fried Chicken Fest. Liberty’s Kitchen trainees are featured in this video about Fried Chicken Fest 2017. September 23, 2017.

The Advocate. Liberty’s Kitchen. The Advocate recaps Liberty’s Kitchen’s annual gala at the Ace Hotel. September 24, 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.

Beverly Wicked Local. Root Accepting Applications for Training Program. Root opens a social enterprise culinary training model in Michigan based on Liberty’s Kitchen. September 18, 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. Liberty’s Kitchen On the Road to Providing New Orleans Youth with Skills to Build Successful Futures. 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 Gambit3-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.

The Gambit. Liberty’s Kitchen celebrates second location. Liberty’s Kitchen hosted a successful Grand Opening for their Poydras location. June 12, 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 OrleansMayor 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. 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 OrleansThe 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.

WGSO. Cuisine Report on WGSO. Executive Director Dave Emond along with students Maya and Bree discuss the program. June 14, 2016.

Hechinger Report. How one young woman got her education back on track in an unusual NOLA kitchenAndre Perry talks to Nadja Sampson about how Liberty’s Kitchen can provide a fresh start. January 26, 2016. 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.

The New Orleans Advocate. Kitchen CamaraderieThe New Orleans Advocate recaps the success of Liberty’s Kitchen’s 2015 annual fundraiser, Come Grow With Us. November 24, 2015.

WGNO. Liberty’s Kitchen graduate Tevin Clark is making up a batch of healthy pumpkin treatsTevin Clark shows how to make Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars. October 23, 2015.

WWNO. Liberty’s Kitchen Supports Young People on a Path to EmploymentChef Tasheena, Chondra Allen, and Jason Johnson talk about their experiences with Liberty’s Kitchen. October 6, 2015. Picayune. After Katrina, New Orleans is a leader in recovery strategies: Zack Rosenburg and Liz McCartneyLiberty’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 KatrinaJohn Besh cites Liberty’s Kitchen as a key organization in creating opportunities for vulnerable youth in New Orleans. August 27, 2015.

ABC News. Hurricane Katrina Evacuee Shares Her StorySyrena discusses her Katrina story and how Liberty’s Kitchen offered her a life-changing opportunity. August 24, 2015.

ABC News. How Cooking Helped Change the Life of a New Orleans Katrina SurvivorSyrena and John Besh tell their Katrina stories and discuss how Liberty’s Kitchen is offering unique opportunities to New Orleans youth. August 21, 2015.

Rolling Stone. The Lasting Effects of Hurricane Katrina.Young people of New Orleans discuss their hardships after Hurricane Katrina over lunch at Liberty’s Kitchen. August 24, 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 KitchenNew 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.

NPRIn Measuring Post-Katrina Recovery, A Racial Gap EmergesNPR looks at the racial gap in New Orleans and how Liberty’s Kitchen offers sustainable community development. August 15, 2015.

WK Kellogg FoundationThe ‘Lost’ Girl Who Found Herself in New OrleansBryaniesha opens up about how LK staff has helped her grow and her plans for the future. August 11, 2015 Picayune. Millennial Awards shine spotlight on New Orleans’ young achieversLiberty’s Kitchen participates in The Millennials: A Salute to Service awards ceremony. July 26, 2015

New Orleans AdvocateChefs from the U.S.S. Wasp and Cafe Hope Win the Seafood Battle of New OrleansJerome James takes second place in the Seafood Battle of New Orleans. July 5, 2015

Emeril.orgBeneficiary Spotlight: Liberty’s KitchenMay 27, 2015

Yahoo! FinanceToday is Now “National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables DayLiberty’s Kitchen and Dole are co-hosting the first ever National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day. May 21, 2015

The PackerProduce poised for holiday–but not the one you’re thinking aboutDole 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 InnovatorsFood & Wine details Chef Syrena’s rising career and amazing story. May 15, 2015

New Orleans Weddings MagazineLiberty’s Kitchen–Catering To The Needs Of Our CommunityNew Orleans Weddings Magazine endorses Liberty’s Kitchen as a catering option that both tastes good and does good. May 15, 2015

New Orleans AdvocateGalatoire Foundation Benefits NonprofitsThe Galatoire Foundation presented donations to Liberty’s Kitchen from their Christmas and Mardi Gras table auctions. May 5, 2015

New Orleans AdvocateLiberty’s Kitchen ambitions growing along with its facilitiesDavid Emond discusses Liberty’s Kitchen new space and expansion plans with the New Orleans Advocate. April 26, 2015

NOLA VieLiberty’s Kitchen Expands Offerings for At-Risk YouthNOLA 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 ReportThe lost children of KatrinaThe 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

GambitMeet seven New Orleans style makers putting the city on the mapGambit 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

WGNOGet the Skinny in the Kitchen: Cowboy Caviar by Chef Tasheena Butler of Liberty’s KitchenChef Tasheena makes Liberty’s Kitchen’s Cowboy Caviar with WGNO. March 11, 2015

Jackson Free PressLiberty’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. 

ReutersIn New Orleans, training a lost generation while feeding the nextReuters profiles Liberty’s Kitchen and speaks to students about how the program has improved their lives. March 4, 2015. 

NOLA DefenderWhole Foods Broad Turns OneLiberty’s Kitchen helps celebrate the one year anniversary of the opening of Whole Foods on Broad. February 3, 2015

NOLA VieMardi Gras Memories Guaranteed at Unique New Orleans AuctionGalatoire’s Foundation holds an auction fundraiser to benefit Liberty’s Kitchen. January 28, 2015 PicayuneHow ReFresh Project, a post-Katrina milestone, built a healthy food hub, including Whole details the history of the ReFresh Project and how it is a milestone for the community after Katrina. October 24, 2015

New Orleans AdvocateLiberty’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

WGNOExpansion Doubles Youth Development & School Nutrition Programs’ CapacitiesAnne 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. PicayuneLiberty’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 DefenderLiberty Dwell: Liberty’s Kitchen Re-opens on BroadNOLA 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. PicayuneThe 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 PicayuneMVBurger lives on at Liberty’s KitchenThe Times Picayune talks about Liberty’s Kitchen keeping the MVBurger alive. January 31, 2012. 

OffBeat MagazineGood 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

My New Orleans. Liberty’s Kitchen ReconciledIan McNulty profiles Liberty’s Kitchen in the early days. June 2009

Roadtripnation. Syrena’s Open RoadSyrena 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.

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