Nolavore is a catering company and commissary kitchen located in a former service station at the corner of Baronne Street and Jackson Avenue. Owner Anne Lloyd is a friend and talented, imaginative chef who has worked in the industry for 30 years.
Anne is one of those people who’s not content sitting still. Every time I talk to her, she’s got something else in the works. In addition to the catering operation, Nolavore sells prepared meals, party platters and pantry items for in-store and/or online preorder. The 1000-square-foot commissary kitchen is available for part or full-time tenancy and there’s an option for out of town chefs to simply rent by the hour.
During the summer, she also runs week-long cooking camps for kids to teach basic skills like how to be safe and sanitary, how to use a knife and techniques like grilling, roasting and baking. Cooking is one of the essential skills all kids should learn at some point, and there’s no better way than through the tutelage of a talented, patient chef. Kids are often told they can’t do things and letting them experience the satisfaction of preparing food is an esteem-builder.
Starting today, Nolavore kicks off their open-air weekly a la Carte Market. Nolavore’s prepared foods and pantry items will be available (look particularly for the gazpacho bowls, which are perfect this time of year), but there will also be a rotating list of independent vendors, this week they include Graham’s Harvest, the French Stall, Carving Board Catering, BabyJay’s Wing Sauce, and Jenny’s Sweets. There’ll also be live music by Tom Andes.
Nolavore is located at 2139 Baronne St. and they’re open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 7 p.m.. You can contact them by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Market runs from 4 to 7 p.m., and it should be a swell time. Hope to see you there.