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New Orleans, Louisiana (November 5, 2014) - In honor of Thanksgiving, the Royal Sonesta New Orleans breaks bread in gratitude for our many blessings. At Sonesta, we embrace a "Culture of Caring" and are committed to investing in our community through philanthropy. On Wednesday, November 19th at 12:00 noon, the Round Table Luncheon will serve as a platform for three local non-profit organizations to share their visions for building a better city by supporting those in need.

Hosted by social columnist Margarita Bergen, the Round Table features exciting guest speakers, lively entertainment, delicious cuisine, and of course plenty of champagne, darlings. Grab your friends and co-workers and plan to attend the upcoming luncheon presented in the hotel's elegant Evangeline Suite.

Joy Bruce, Executive Director of CASA New Orleans will speak about her organization's mission. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. For many children, the CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.

Guests will also hear from David Emond, Executive Director of Liberty's Kitchen. Through an interactive program that combines a hands-on food service training program with classroom instruction, Liberty's Kitchen offers a supportive community in which participants can learn employability skills and address the social issues that may impede their path to a successful career.

Else Pederson, Chief Executive Officer for Bridge House/Grace House, will speak about the efforts made by her organization to provide gender specific treatment for those afflicted with the disease of alcoholism and chemical dependency. For the past 57 years, Bridge House/Grace House has served the New Orleans community and has provided a haven for thousands of men and women in need.

Round Table guests will be entertained by the vocal talents of soprano Kathleen Halm who will be accompanied on piano by Timothy Todd Simmons, Executive Director of the New Orleans Opera Association.

Executive Chef Kevin Goodwin and his culinary team are preparing a four-course cornucopia of culinary delight for guests to savor. Begin your meal with Beef Consommé
with Wild Mushrooms and Mirliton Noodles. The second course presents a Shaved Fennel Salad with Satsuma Supremes and Vanilla Vinaigrette. The main course will be comprised of Slow Roasted Pork Osso Buco with Lump Crab Bouchee, Double Smoked Bacon-Aged Cheddar Grits and Brussel Sprouts. Finish your culinary journey with something sweet and seasonal as you enjoy a Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse Tart with Maple Caramel Sauce
and Crystalized Cranberry Clusters

Please plan to join us for November's luncheon as we applaud the efforts of three outstanding organizations that enrich our lives through community service. The Royal Sonesta's Round Table Luncheon is $50 inclusive with advance reservations
or $55 at the door. Parking is complimentary in the hotel's parking garage. For reservations, please contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220 or email her at


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