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Halting Hunger

More than 120 people gathered to support Second Harvest Food Bank of South Louisiana.

Natalie Jayroe with Hosts Mickey and Melanie Loomis

Will Strout

A gorgeous spring evening greeted “Harvest at Home” guests as they arrived at the Old Metairie home of Melanie and Mickey Loomis. The Xavier Molina Jazz Trio greeted guests with a jazz repertoire with a modern touch as they entered the yard.

Second Harvest Food Bank Board President Tricia Weeks welcomed and thanked guests for supporting Second Harvest Food Bank and presented Harvest at Home’s featured chef Nina Compton of Compère Lapin, with a signature “Harvest at Home” chef’s jacket. Weeks also thanked the participating chefs, each of whom have served as a featured “Harvest at Home” chef over the last eight years, with the exception of chef Susan Goss, who serves as director of Second Harvest Food Bank Community Kitchen. Additional participating chefs included Frank Brigtsen, Nina Compton, Tory McPhail, Susan Spicer, Rebecca Wilcomb and Sue Zemanick. Chef Maggie Scales of La Boulangerie provided a selection of delectable desserts, and W.I.N.O. hosted a selection of French wines.

Patrons in attendance at the exclusive “Harvest at Home” evening also received a special gift bag that includes a Second Harvest Impact Report on Hunger in South Louisiana, a jar of Nina Compton’s guava jelly and special recipe for “Harvest at Home,” a bag of oatmeal cookies from the Second Harvest Community Kitchen and branded wooden spoon. A cookbook selected by Compton, My Key West Kitchen by Norman Van Aken and Justin Van Aken, was also included.

“Harvest at Home” was Co-Chaired by Mary and Robert Lupo and Lauren and Phillip May. The 2017 event raised $135,000.


What: “Harvest at Home,” benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank
When: Tuesday, March 21
Where: Home of Melanie and Mickey Loomis


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