NEW ORLEANS — As thousands of New Orleanians head to lunch today, for the first time in New Orleans history, diners can help Fidelity Bank and the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation (LHF) celebrate women in the hospitality industry by participating in the first annual P.O.W.E.R. Palates. The month-long celebration of women in the hospitality industry begins today and is part of Fidelity’s “Potential of Women Entrepreneurs Realized” (P.O.W.E.R.) program. To date, 30 women-led restaurants and bars are participating in the first-of-its-kind program. The goal of the program is to raise awareness and drive business to women-led restaurants and bars in the New Orleans area.
For the entire month of July participating businesses will feature a food or drink item with sales from those items benefitting the LHF. Featured items from each restaurant can be found here.
“This is the first time women in the New Orleans hospitality industry have been highlighted for their critical role in making the city the food and drink capital of the world,” said Elizabeth Broekman, Fidelity Bank Associate vice president and director of P.O.W.E.R. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and helping them with their mission of supporting Louisiana’s hospitality industry workforce.”
During the month-long celebration, customers of these businesses can also enter to win a prize containing gifts and gift cards from all participating restaurants and bars by entering at powerpalates.com.
Featured women participating include Commander’s Palace co-proprietors Ti Martin and Lally Brennan; Village Inn Restaurant owner Judy Kelley; Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken and Waffles Restaurant and Catering owner Nicole Mackie; Nolé Restaurant Vice President of Restaurants Nicole Donnelly; Saffron NOLA co-owner Pardeep Vilkhu; Tsunami Sushi owner Michelle Ezell; and Pizza Platoon owner Donna Bach.
Each restaurant or bar will also choose POWERful women from their business who embody the entrepreneurial spirit and give back to the New Orleans community.
“Women in the New Orleans hospitality industry have a tremendous impact on not only our city, but our entire state,” said LHF Executive Director Jennifer Kelley. “Programs like Fidelity Bank’s P.O.W.E.R. program are crucial in bringing women to the forefront and highlighting their successes and P.O.W.E.R. Palates is the perfect way to showcase these amazing women.”
Organizers plan to bring the program back in 2020 and potentially expand it to other cities in Louisiana.
For more information, a list of participating restaurants and more, visit powerpalates.com.