Legacy Café to host ‘Sweet Potato Sampler’ cooking demonstration, tasting Wednesday


The Legacy Café, a women-led restaurant staffed by students of the Legacy Youth Workforce Development Program, will host a “Sweet Potato Sampler” cooking demonstration Wednesday, May 12 from 5-6:30 p.m. The free demonstration will feature four delicious recipes all made from sweet potatoes and from scratch.  You can expect to try sweet potato fries, sweet potato stew, pureed baby food and top it off with sweet potato cake for dessert. Attendees will be able to try these treats, bring home samples and sweet potato starter plants. The Café will also provide recipes so attendees can create the dishes at home.

“We want to encourage everyone, especially parents of young children, to attend this free event!” said Bridget Gustafson, the Garden & Nutrition Coordinator VISTA Volunteer for the Ben D. Johnson Educational Center. “You’ll get to walk away with homemade baby food, as well as other yummy, creative ways to prepare the sweet potatoes that continue to arrive in the USDA food boxes.” The food boxes Gustafson is referring to have been part of a weekly food drive initiative led by the Shekinah Glory Church of God, located at 725 Amulet St.

The Sweet Potato Sampler is part of a series of cooking-related demonstrations and workshops funded by the Rapides Foundation. These workshops are always free and are typically hosted once or twice a month at Legacy Café. Participants of all ages are welcomed.

The Legacy Café is a real-life training environment for the Legacy Youth Workforce Development program (LYWD). The LYWD Program is a sixteen-week training initiative for 17-24-year-olds who are out of work and out of school. Students receive life skills training and development in the classroom, and work experience and instruction in the Legacy Café. The restaurant features a unique menu of southern soul food blended with fresh, healthy produce harvested from the Legacy Garden, located just behind the café.

If you know someone who might benefit from the LYWD Program, the BDJ Center ask that you help spread the word.  To learn more about their programs, or to make a donation, visit their website at: www.bdjcenter.org, email them at info@bdjcenter.or or call them at (318) 460-7460

The Ben Johnson Educational Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit and its mission is to build community in Natchitoches and provide access to social and economic success to all residents.