How We Work
We are always happy to talk to young people interested in learning more about our programs, as well as community members interested in forming partnerships that will advance the interests of our students. For more information, please contact our Program Department.
Download the application for the Café Reconcile Culinary Training Program.
The program utilizes the 21st Century Success Principles curriculum, developed by the New Orleans Jobs Initiative over a ten-year period, which addresses participants’ understanding of workplace culture and is tailored for African-American youth with little connection to the labor market. We also provide personalized and comprehensive case management services to help students overcome obstacles such as unstable housing and unreliable transportation. Outside referrals enable students to address substance abuse issues, pursue domestic violence counseling, and obtain legal assistance.
Students are mentored by restaurant staff in five restaurant workstations (steward; floor service or wait staff; pantry chef; sous chef; and department chef) during Cafe Reconcile’s lunch service, which serves 120 to 150 customers daily. Additional instruction outside of restaurant serving hours, including regular demonstrations lessons by local executive chefs, provides more in-depth skills development.
With the cooperation of community partners, students complete the program with a four-week internship at a New Orleans area restaurant, hotel, hospital or university. This opportunity offers intensive hands-on experience to refine and improve skills, as well as to understand and adapt to workplace culture. These placements foster professional relationships that students can use to extend their career networks.