In the wakes of the deaths of Ella Brennan and Anthony Bourdain, two culinary giants who helped preserve New Orleans food cultures in their own distinctive ways, will be honored throughout June at Café Reconcile.
Gerald Duhon, executive director of Café Reconcile, says of the Brennan and Bourdain Poboy, “We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the legacy of two culinary giants. The main ingredient of the “B&B” is buffalo shrimp which is paired with bacon and dressed with spinach, tomato and crumbled bleu cheese. It all comes served on world-famous Leidenheimer bread.
According to the restaurant, both Brennan and Bourdain supported Café Reconcile. In a press statement, the restaurant says Brennan welcomed dozens of Café Reconcile graduates into her kitchen at Commander’s Palace. Bourdain visited the restaurant on several occasions, even mentioning it in a 2008 episode of No Reservations, saying “Café Reconcile is a second chance, a place where…anyone can remake themselves.”
Since opening in 2000, the restaurant and training facility has worked with over 1,7000 young people between the ages of 16 and 24 in an effort to create opportunities for those who lack employment and educational opportunities. Café Reconcile’s eight-week Life Skills and Workforce Development Program addresses barriers to success, such a homelessness and untreated trauma, while teaching the culinary and professional skills necessary to gain and sustain employment.
Café Reconcile is open for lunch Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 pm, except on holidays. For more information, please visit www.cafereconcile.org.