Sheryl Sandberg sat down to lunch of fried catfish and seafood stuffed bell peppers with alumni of Café Reconcile’s job skills training program on Wednesday during her visit to New Orleans, reports Jessica Williams of the Advocate.
Sandberg also met with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and graduates of the mayor’s StriveNOLA initiative, and spoke at the Academy of the Sacred Heart to an audience about bereavement, recovery, and her new book Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy.
@cafereconcile is a restaurant in New Orleans that gives young adults facing serious challenges a chance to learn new skills. As one of the cooks told me, “these kids have been taught only how to survive. Here we teach them how to work – and how to live.” Mayor Mitch Landrieu has championed programs like this across the city. I was honored that he and several graduates from STRIVE NOLA – another program that helps New Orleanians find jobs – joined me for great food, great conversation, and to celebrate building resilience together.
During her conversation with the program’s graduates, Williams reports that Sandberg said, “‘I believe so deeply that everyone deserves that opportunity, and that we have a responsibility as individuals and as a society to help them build,’”
Cafe Reconcile is one of the city’s most endearing restaurants, with a mission to “transform the lives of young adults and the community by encouraging personal growth, providing workforce development and training, promoting entrepreneurship, working with businesses, nonprofits, and people of faith to support this transformation, and building strong communities through community economic development.” The menu rocks with daily specials and regular menu items like red beans, etoufee, fried catfish, and seafood stuffed bell peppers. The Central City cafe is one of Eater’s 38 Essential New Orleans restaurants.