Cafe Hope: Help Youth Overcome Poverty By Eating King Cake

I spoke with Garin Siekkinen, a chef with Cafe Hope, about the nonprofit’s mission to fight poverty through prepping youth for, and helping them find, service industry gigs. Cafe Hope is basically the little sister to Central City’s neighborhood landmark, Cafe Reconcile. Founded in 2003 by Craig Cuccia, a contractor and restaurant industry worker, the…

Tet Fest in New Orleans East: Welcoming the Year of the Pig

Last Friday I attended Tet Fest, the annual lunar new year celebration at New Orleans East’s Mary Queen of Vietnam Church. Like so much else in this mixed up gumbo of a city, Tet Fest is an amazing gift, offered by a specific cultural/ethnic group, to the city at large. The event is free and…