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The New Orleans Cafe Feeding Souls With More Than Food

January 22, 2020
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The New Orleans Cafe Feeding Souls With More Than Food
The secret ingredient to the success of Open Hands Cafe? Love.

Katherine Hutton always believed food expressed love, but never imagined her cooking would draw her New Orleans neighborhood together.

What started as a way for her to make ends meet, Open Hands Cafe is now a source of inspiration and love for all those who walk in its doors. Serving up more than just delicious comfort food, Katherine uses her tiny cafe to introduce young people to entrepreneurship and create a caring space for those who need it.

While her journey through homelessness, hurricanes and hardship has been bittersweet, Katherine takes pride in knowing that everyone feels “loved on” at Open Hands Cafe.


This article was created by Weave: The Social Fabric Project of the Aspen Institute. Weave supports people who live in a way that puts relationships and community first. These “Weavers” lead with love and defy a culture of hyper-individualism that has left Americans feeling more lonely, distrustful and divided than ever. See their stories and learn more here.

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