A Little Liberty.

Last week I had the pleasure of eating at the new location of Liberty's Kitchen in the Broad Street ReFresh Project.  The community center's tenants include the cafe, The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University, FirstLine Schools' central offices, Boystown Center for Children and Families, the offices of Broad Community Connections and Crescent City Community Land Trust, and an on-site teaching farm in partnership, as well as a Whole Foods grocery store as its anchor.

Liberty's Kitchen not only provides meals for school children, but also runs a restaurant where it employes at-risk youth to allow them to attain valuable work skills and experience, all while providing practical life supports:
Liberty’s Kitchen’s Youth Development Program provides disconnected youth with workforce and life skills training to become employed and self-sufficient. We address the many issues that create barriers to self-sufficiency with wrap-around support including health care, mental health, housing, GED completion, parenting issues, and financial literacy.
Its menu is small and centers around lunch foods such as sandwiches and salads, along with some traditional New Orleans fare.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that they do offer one vegan dish - red beans and rice - and several other veganizable options including a black bean burger and a roasted vegetable sandwich.

I am somewhat disappointed that the cafe serves coffee from Starbucks rather than one of our local coffee chains, but otherwise I appreciate the true community effort happening in this small but artistic space.  They were also very cool about letting my coworkers bring me in a vegan birthday cake from the Whole Foods next door, and even provided us with plates and serving utensils.  I can wholeheartedly support them, and I can personally attest that their red beans and rice as well as their black bean burger are quite delicious.  So stop by and show them some love!

Red Beans and Rice

Black Bean Burger

Birthday Cake!

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