Orleans Parish Senior Centers To Celebrate Older Adults Cookbook Project With 'A Lifetime Of Delicious Memories'

NEW ORLEANS – The Older Adults Cookbook Project celebration, entitled “A Lifetime of Delicious Memories” will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Carrollton-Hollygrove Senior Center, 3300 Hamilton St., in New Orleans.

         This event is free and open to the public.

         Newly published cookbooks with recipes gathered from Orleans Parish older adults will be on display and for sale at this event. The celebration will feature an opening welcome, Tales from the Dish, in which seniors recount their favorite recipes and fond memories of cooking, and special gratitude to the Edgar Jr. & Leah Chase Family Foundation for grant support of this project. Participating senior centers and cookbook contributors will be on site to discuss their contributions and share recipe stories.

         The initial inspiration for the cookbook project came from the Uptown Shepherd’s Senior Center participants, who wanted to share some of their favorite recipes with each other. The New Orleans Council on Aging generously expanded the project to include seniors from area senior centers in Orleans Parish. Contributing centers include: Arthur Monday Senior Center, Carrollton-Hollygrove Senior Center, Central City Senior Center, Lakeview Shepherd Senior Center, Mercy Endeavors Senior Center, Pentacost Baptist Church Golden Agers, Reality House Senior Center and Uptown Shepherd Senior Center.

         “Older adults are the memory keepers and so many of our memories are wrapped up in the food traditions we have with our families and communities," one of the lead organizers of the cookbook project, Kimberly VanWagner said.

         This community cookbook project will preserve for future generations, recipes from New Orleans’ home kitchens as shared by some of its oldest members, event organizers said.



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