NEW ORLEANS — At a joint news conference today Louisiana Hospitality Foundation (LHF) and Fidelity Bank announced a month-long celebration of women in the hospitality industry with the launch of their third annual P.O.W.E.R. Plates campaign. The month-long celebration of women in the hospitality industry is part of Fidelity’s “Potential of Women Entrepreneurs Realized” (P.O.W.E.R.) program.
This year, LHF and Fidelity Bank more than tripled the number of participating businesses as the P.O.W.E.R. Plates program has expanded to a record 64 women-led companies in New Orleans, the Northshore and Baton Rouge. This year’s program is sponsored by Neat Wines. The goal of the program is to raise awareness and drive business to these women-led restaurants, hotels and bars across South Louisiana as the hospitality industry continues to recover from the impacts of the COVID pandemic.
“The Louisiana hospitality industry and their workers are back and ready to welcome guests! The P.O.W.E.R. Plates mission is to help support this critical industry and to women who own or manage the restaurants and bars we have all come to know and love,” said Elizabeth Broekman, Fidelity Bank Director of P.O.W.E.R. “In addition, we’re raising awareness for the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation which provides financial assistance for Louisiana’s hospitality industry workers during emergencies.”
Guests who visit any of the 64 restaurants and bars enrolled in the program can choose the special P.O.W.E.R. Plates featured dish or drink and have $1 donated to the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. Fidelity Bank will match donations up to $2,500. The 64 participating restaurants can be found by visiting www.power-plates.com.
This year, officials also announced five in-person events starting with today’s sold-out Kickoff Breakfast at Birdy’s Behind the Bower. The remaining P.O.W.E.R. Plates events include:
- Friday, July 9: Northshore Luncheon with Desi Vega Steakhouse at Apres Lounge
- Wednesday, July 14: Happy Hour at Los Jefes Grill
- Wednesday, July 21: Southshore Luncheon at Windsor Court
- Wednesday, July 28: Women & Whiskey Wednesday at The Sazerac House
“Women in Louisiana’s hospitality industry have tremendous talent and provide important leadership for the industry as a whole,” said LHF Executive Director Jennifer Kelley. “Programs like Fidelity Bank’s P.O.W.E.R. are crucial in bringing women to the forefront and highlighting their successes, and P.O.W.E.R. Plates is the perfect way to showcase these amazing women in hospitality.”
For more information, a list of participating businesses and more, visit www.power-plates.com.
About Fidelity Bank
Founded in 1908, Fidelity Bank is an $800 million in assets mutual financial institution chartered by the state of Louisiana. Fidelity Bank provides a full array of banking services, with high integrity and personalized service to communities throughout Southeast Louisiana. Fidelity Bank’s mission is HERE FOR GOOD. Visit Fidelity Bank or www.bankwithfidelity.com. Learn about their exclusive program for women business owners at www.fidelitybankpower.com.
About Louisiana Hospitality Foundation
Founded in 2006, the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation’s mission is to strengthen Louisiana’s hospitality industry through support of individuals within the community. We do this by supporting workforce development programs directly related to our industry; providing access to culinary and hospitality education; working to ensure a positive perception of Louisiana’s hospitality industry; and providing financial assistance and/or guidance to people in the hospitality industry during times of crisis.
Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed over $4.7 million in support of its mission. These funds are raised through generous donations and proceeds raised through signature fundraising events including Horses, Hops and Cops, the Fidelity Bank Champions Club at Zurich Classic, the Gold Medal Chefs Gala & Hospitality Awards, and Santa’s Kitchen.