For someone looking for a quick meal near Tulane Avenue and Broad Street, the sandwiches and New Orleans-style daily specials at Liberty's Kitchen (422 1/2 S. Broad St., 822-4011; www.libertyskitchen.org) can be just the ticket. For the young people who enroll in Liberty's Kitchen's program, however, this place can be the ticket to their future.
A nonprofit cafe and caterer, Liberty's Kitchen doubles as a culinary training program for teens and young adults who want to change the course of their lives. It offers them mentoring, hands-on experience and access to jobs in the restaurant industry. This is a mission many local restaurants embrace and support, which is underscored by the impressive list of chefs and eateries participating in an upcoming fundraiser for Liberty's Kitchen.
The event is called Come Grow with Us, held 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at the Howlin' Wolf (907 S. Peters St., 522-9653; www.thehowlinwolf.com), the Warehouse District music hall. The roster of restaurants providing food includes Boucherie (8115 Jeannette St., 862-5514; www.boucherie-nola.com), Cochon (930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123; ww.cochonrestaurant.com), Company Burger (4600 Freret St., 267-0320; www.thecompanyburger.com), Crescent Pie & Sausage Co. (4400 Banks St., 482-2426; www.crescentpieandsausage.com), Domenica (123 Baronne St., 648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com), La Petite Grocery (4238 Magazine St., 891-3377; www.lapetitegrocery.com) and Patois (6078 Laurel St., 895-9441; www.patoisnola.com). The event includes drinks and live music by Mia Borders, the Brass-a-Holics and Roots of Music, a marching band for local schoolchildren that also is a youth development program.
Liberty's Kitchen was formed in 2009 by Janet Davas, a former administrator at Cafe Reconcile (1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157; www.-reconcileneworleans.org), another local nonprofit cafe with a similar mission. It has expanded rapidly since then, and in 2010 it started its Healthy School Lunch Program, which beat out large commercial firms to win the food service contract at New Orleans College Prep Charter School in Central City.
Individual tickets cost $50 and group packages are available for the fundraiser. For tickets and information, visit www.-libertyskitchen.org.