From our Partners at the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute:
This newsletter comes to you via a cell phone attached to a solar-powered portable charger. It’s made its way to your inbox thanks to a shred of cell phone reception, since catastrophic damage to our electrical infrastructure means the entire city is without power, perhaps for weeks. Although New Orleans was spared the worst of the storm, many of our southeastern Louisiana neighbors have experienced grave tragedy and loss, and this is just the beginning of a long road ahead. 16 years after Katrina, our hearts ache for them.
That’s the bad news.
The good news: This is the first day of Louisiana’s recovery, and the power of this community will carry us all through. Shy of a few leaks, NOCHI is relatively unscathed, and we’re springing to action. Our friends at World Central Kitchen are stationed in our kitchens, working tirelessly to put together nourishing meals to share with our broader community.
If you’re wondering what you can do to help (thank you!), here are some very targeted requests:
We love you. We will get through this together. If you need anything at all, don’t hesitate to let us know.