We served 221 guests in August!

Cafe Connect: Lindsay Hendrix

The next post in this series is from Lindsay Hendrix, one of the Leaders on the Week 1 Team.

 

Where are you from, what’s your occupation, how did you learn about the Cafe?

 

I am originally from the great state of Texas! I was born and raised in San Antonio, and went to college in Abilene at Abilene Christian University, Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 11.10.43 AMwhere I met my husband John. I joined John in New Orleans soon after we got married and began working as a contracted Archivist to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, where I’ve been ever since. I am very fortunate to know Corey and Carl Seifert and Adam Suter who are very involved in the Cafe, and after learning more about their experiences I thought it was a good fit for me, as well! It has been such a blessing so far, and I am very excited to see what God has in store for this wonderful ministry.

July 19th Cafe

At Crescent City Cafe this week we served 82 guests. We continue to see more and more people volunteering each Cafe. Click HERE to sign up for the next available spot at Crescent City Cafe. Check out additional pics from this week’s Cafe on the Facebook Page.

As always, we had a great menu for our guests.

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  • Southwest Skillet (Layered Hashbrowns, Eggs, Cheese and Salsa)
  • Ham
  • Pineapples and Strawberries

 

Option 2

  • Baked Apricot French Toast with Crunchy Cinnamon Streusel
  • Ham
  • Pineapples and Strawberries

 

 

Cafe Connect: Willy Bordelon

This new blog series will feature questions to and responses from Cafe Leaders, Crew Members and Volunteers.  The first post in this series is from Willy Bordelon, one of the Leaders on the Week 3 Team.

 

Have you made any changes in your life, actions, choices, etc. as a result of being involved with theIMG_5442 Cafe?

                                         

Probably the biggest change in me since I have started working at the Cafe is my view of homelessness. Before I volunteered at the Cafe I didn’t really think about the idea that I could actually do something about it. It just seemed like such a huge problem that I could never solve. Now that I interact with homeless men and women on a regular basis it seems a bit more realistic to think we can have an affect on the lives of the people we see everyday under the bridges and on the side of the street.

 

July 5th Cafe

We served 78 guests at this weeks Cafe.  The New Week 1 Leadership Team did an awesome job! Happy to have several first time volunteers serving with us. We hope you will visit us again in the future. Special Thank You to the kids from Mid-City Ministries Kid’s Camp for making Blueberry Muffins for the Cafe, they were a big hit.  Please check out pics from this week’s Cafe on the Facebook Page. Interested in volunteering? Click HERE to sign up for the next available spot at Crescent City Cafe.

Here is the menu from this weeks Cafe.

Option 1:                                                                                  

  • French Toast with Strawberries and BlueberriesCafe7:5:14
  • Bacon
  • Scrambled Eggs

Option 2:

  • Pulled Pork on Biscuit with Hollandaise Sauce
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Strawberries and Blueberries

 

Food and Love

901655_10152264978379298_1361768172_o The thing about Laura Rockett is that her love of cooking is an extension of her love for people.  Laura has a passion for delicious food, but that passion extends to using her creative talents to share her love of food with everyone she’s around.

The creation of consistently delicious meals, cooked monthly for over five years by hundreds of different volunteers, depended greatly on Laura’s ability to lead and organize with grace and flexibility.  Much of the success of the Cafe is due to Laura’s contributions.   At every Cafe, in which food was prepared and served for anywhere from 60-100 people, Laura led the kitchen team with a sense of calm and joyfulness.  This sense of calm and creativity also carried over to times when we ran out of a menu item and she would come up with a brilliant new substitute on the fly.  She is never too busy to share a food sample or chat with a volunteer, yet meals are always served on time!

Not only does she lead volunteers with ease, but Laura has a special knack for coming up with creative new meal ideas.  Volunteers helping with food prep for Cafe often raised an eyebrow to the announcement of something like blueberry sausage or Maple-bacon topped cornmeal pancakes on the menu, but once we had a taste we were never disappointed. 

When I think of Laura and the Cafe kitchen, I think of a sense of celebration.  I think of a love for serving and making people smile by serving them a plate of beautiful and delicious food.   As Laura moves to Nashville for new adventures, it’s my hope that those of us who carry on at the Cafe will continue to serve with this same sense of beauty and joy.  Cheers.  

~  by Lindsay Hamm Bell