The nonprofit cafe and caterer Liberty's Kitchen (422 1/2 S. Broad St., 504-822-4011; www.libertyskitchen.org) doubles as a culinary training program for teens and young adults, offering them mentoring, work experience and access to jobs in the city's hospitality industry. This is a mission people in the local restaurant world understand and support, a fact underscored by the list of chefs and restaurants participating in an upcoming fundraiser for Liberty's Kitchen.
The event is called Come Grow with Us and will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, June 21 at the Cannery (3803 Toulouse St., 504-486-8351; www.cannerynola.com).
Jeff Baron, co-owner of Crescent Pie & Sausage Co. and Pizzicare recruited participating restaurants to provide food, and he's tapped a good representation of the new guard in the city's dining scene. In addition to his own restaurants, they include: a Mano, Boucherie, Cochon, Domenica, La Petite Grocery, Patois, Sucre and Three Muses. The event honors Emeril Lagasse and the work of his Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which raises money to support children's charities in the area.
Proceeds from Come Grow With Us benefit Liberty's Kitchen. Ticket price includes drinks and food from the restaurants. The Brass-A-Holics and Latin Jazz Trio will perform. Individual tickets cost $75 and are available online or at the door.