Jun 052017

(Left to right) David Emond, Liberty Kitchen Executive Director, Chef Susan Spicer, Chef Alon Shaya, and Dennis Bagneris, Liberty’s Kitchen Director of Youth Success, pose for a photograph at the debut of the Liberty’s Kitchen Poydras location in the Freeport-McMoRan building on Thursday, June 1, 2017. The new location will provide new opportunities for Liberty’s Kitchen students. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Liberty’s Kitchen expanded their culinary ventures to the third floor of the Freeport-McMoRan building, 1615 Poydras Street, in April 2017. The downtown expansion sought to fill the gaps in their Youth Development Program.

The grand opening last week (June 1) featured words from staff and students and hors d’oeuvres by Chef Alon Shaya and Chef Susan Spicer. Continue reading »

Apr 042017

After years of protests, delays and lawsuits, City Park’s Bayou Oaks golf course is slated to open later this month (Claire Byun/cbyun@nolamessenger.com).

By Claire Byun

A brand new Mid-City golf course is just weeks from completion, and officials expect revenues to hit more than $1 million during the first year. Those profits, however, are planned for more charitable uses.

City Park’s newest championship golf course, called Bayou Oaks, opens to the public April 21. The $24 million course will be managed by the Bayou District Foundation, which oversees the North Course in the park as well.

Previously, Bayou District Foundation redeveloped the St. Bernard Public Housing Development to create Columbia Parc in 2010. The 53-acre site is now part of a Bayou District that includes an early education school, a planned K-8 public charter school and a college prep public high school two blocks away. J.T. Hannan, director of public and governmental affairs, said the district includes families from three income levels – low income, public income and market rate – which diversifies the housing complex. Continue reading »

Mar 022017

The Rotary Club of Mid-City New Orleans will celebrate their annual International Women’s Day – New Orleans with a brunch at Propeller, located 4035 Washington Ave. The event, themed “Be Bold For Change”, takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, and will feature three woman presenters, local entertainers, and brunch catered by local women-owned businesses.

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Feb 142017

City Park (Tad Gormley) Stadium, circa 1938

2017 marks the 80th anniversary of Tad Gormley Stadium. The iconic City Park stadium, designed in the shape of a horseshoe, was completed in the fall of 1937 during the Works Progress Administration. From the Beatles concert, to the 1992 Olympic Track and Field Trials, to the thousands of high school games, Tad Gormley Stadium has hosted a remarkable variety of entertainment for the people of New Orleans. Continue reading »

Feb 132017

Guest Chefs Candis Koerner (left) and Susan Spicer (right) help Tiffany Hill (center) as they prepare the second course of the meal. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

Liberty’s Kitchen held their inaugural Guest Chef Night last Thursday (February 9) as a way to celebrate graduates from their Youth Development Program. Guest Chefs Susan Spicer (of Bayona, Rosedale) and Candis Koerner (of Mondo) prepared a three-course meal for guests with the help of students and graduates from the program.

“First of all, Liberty’s Kitchen starts with a hug, because that’s what all of us need the most, and that’s certainly what our young people need the most.” David Emond, Executive Director of Liberty’s Kitchen, spoke highly of the Youth Development Program and its mission. Continue reading »

Feb 082017

The LEAD Community Training Program is a workshop series by The Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) designed to empower its participants in the areas of Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, and Development, for which the program is named. The seven-week program plans to teach participants skills in community organizing, advocacy, public policy, and land use and development.

The registration deadline for the 2017 LEAD program is Friday, Feb. 10.

For more information, see the full story from Gentilly Messenger.

LEAD students (LEADers) from a previous year (via foundationforlouisiana.org)

Jan 162017
Keith Duncan, lead artist, explains to dozens of volunteers how to coat the Lemann Pool murals with varnish over the MLK Weekend. (Claire Byun/cbyun@nolamessenger.com)

Keith Duncan, lead artist, explains to dozens of volunteers how to coat the Lemann Pool murals with varnish over the MLK Weekend.

Dozens of community members turned out over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend to finish a community-based art project on the Lafitte Greenway. Continue reading »

Jan 132017

folg-logoFriends of Lafitte Greenway, in partnership with Young Artists Movement (YAM), Welcome Table New Orleans Mid-City Circle, and Prospect New Orleans, will host two volunteer projects for MLK Weekend.

Volunteers will paint the top coat of varnish on new murals and pick up litter on the Lafitte Greenway on Saturday, January 14 and Monday, January 16. Continue reading »

Nov 232016


Premium, fresh cut, Frasier fir Christmas trees (2 to 12 feet), wreaths and fresh garland arrive this week at First UU Church located at 5212 Claiborne Ave. (at Jefferson). All proceeds go to support First UU Church and its various social justice and community service programs. Continue reading »

Nov 072016
The owner of Pearl Wine Company accepts her Urban Heroes award Saturday night (Della Hasselle).

The owner of Pearl Wine Company accepts her Urban Heroes award Saturday night (Della Hasselle).

The owners and directors of several Mid-City based businesses and organizations were honored Saturday night by the Urban Conservancy, a New Orleans-based nonprofit that promotes equitable practices in the local  economy, at an annual event called the UrbanHeroes Celebration.

With the theme of “One Small Step,” the party was held at Hotel Storyville and attended by Urban Conservancy Executive Director Dana Eness, as well as public officials like Councilwoman Susan Guidry and past honorees such as Parkway Bakery and Tavern owner Jay Nix. Continue reading »