Fighting Poverty with Passion
The New Orleans Fruit Tree Project has been very busy this past month gearing up for our annual fundraiser, Citrus Celebration 2015. Citrus season is in full swing and we thought we would have a cocktail (or six) to celebrate. Bartenders competed in a cocktail contest by creating their own unique drink using fresh, local fruit juice as one of the ingredients. We were very lucky to be able to provide all bartenders with local liquor donated by donner-peltier distillers! Friends of NOFTP sampled all six cocktails, enjoyed dinner from La Cocinita all while being serenaded by music from Little Maker. This was the second annual Citrus Celebration for NOFTP but we made a few changes this year. One of which was drink sizes! To make sure everyone made it into work Thursday morning, bartenders served these cute sample sized cocktails like this one called, The Blanche Devereaux.
At the end of the night everyone voted for their favorites and the winner was Jack Miller with his creation called A Reluctant Navy. As the winner he received a 30 Minute Aerial Tour of New Orleans for two from Flight Academy of New Orleans; pretty cool! One of my favorites was Du quatcha wanna from Sandra Lyle who used the kumquats she picked herself from a recent harvesting event Uptown.
This event would not have been possible without all the help from our volunteers who juiced citrus, served drinks and helped set up and break down the room. A big thank you to all the VISTAs who volunteered or came to show their support!