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The Table Foundation’s Olive Mass makes list of best food stories in New Orleans 2016

December 28, 2016 | Ian McNulty
The Table Foundation’s Olive Mass makes list of best food stories in New Orleans 2016

After a successful launch in 2016, The Table Foundation's Olive Mass is set to return to New Orleans on September 24 and 25, 2017. The city of New Orleans is well known for its food scene, and also lauded for its Catholic heritage, so it is a great place to have held the inaugural Olive Mass in order to call attention to the service that those in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries provide regularly and celebrate the good that is achieved through food. The New Orlean's Advocate recognizes NOLA's designation as the first location for this special Mass, the first of its kind in the US, and features The Olive Mass among its favorite food stories in 2016. For the full article, check out the link below. Here is an exceprt:

Blessings for food people at the Olive Mass

In September, New Orleans hosted the inaugural Olive Mass, a special Catholic service held at St. Louis Cathedral to honor people in the restaurant and hospitality realm.

“We want to celebrate food and bless the hands that make it,” said Father Leo Patalinghug. “We want to be faithful foodies and recognize how cooking food, serving it, washing the dishes, how it’s a lot of hard work but it’s something we share in common as part of our culture, and that these people are building our culture.”

The Baltimore-based priest convened the Olive Mass through his nonprofit, the Table Foundation, with the help of co-hairs Jenifer and John Besh.

“I work with a lot of people in the hospitality industry who do struggle with their personal life, their family life, their emotional life. They have demanding jobs. Why can’t we pray for them?" Patalinghug said.

This year’s Olive Mass was the first of its kind in the United States. It is slated to return next fall.

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