For the first time in New Orleans history, Fidelity Bank and the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation (LHF) will celebrate women in the hospitality industry with the launch of P.O.W.E.R. Palates. The month-long celebration (beginning July 1) of women in the hospitality industry is part of Fidelity’s “Potential of Women Entrepreneurs Realized” (P.O.W.E.R.) program. To date, 30 women-led restaurants and bars are participating in the first-of-its-kind program. The goal of the program is to raise awareness and drive business to women-led restaurants and bars in the New Orleans area.

For the entire month of July participating businesses will feature a food or drink item with sales from those items benefitting the LHF. Featured items from each restaurant can be found here.

“This is the first time women in the New Orleans hospitality industry have been highlighted for their critical role in making the city the food and drink capital of the world,” said Elizabeth Broekman, Fidelity Bank Associate Vice President and Director of P.O.W.E.R. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and helping them with their mission of supporting Louisiana’s hospitality industry workforce.”

During the month-long celebration, customers of these businesses can also enter to win a prize containing gifts and gift cards from all participating restaurants and bars by entering at

Featured women participating include Commander’s Palace co-proprietors Ti Martin and Lally Brennan; Village Inn Restaurant owner Judy Kelley; Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken and Waffles Restaurant and Catering owner Nicole Mackie; Nolé Restaurant Vice President of Restaurants Nicole Donnelly; Saffron NOLA co-owner Pardeep Vilkhu; Tsunami Sushi owner Michelle Ezell; and Pizza Platoon owner Donna Bach.

Each restaurant or bar will also choose POWERful women from their business who embody the entrepreneurial spirit and give back to the New Orleans community.

“Women in the New Orleans hospitality industry have a tremendous impact on not only our city, but our entire state,” said LHF Executive Director Jennifer Kelley. “Programs like Fidelity Bank’s P.O.W.E.R. program are crucial in bringing women to the forefront and highlighting their successes and P.O.W.E.R. Palates is the perfect way to showcase these amazing women.”

Organizers plan to bring the program back in 2020 and potentially expand it to other cities in Louisiana.

For more information, a list of participating restaurants and more, visit

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

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 $1.6 million in support of its mission. These funds are raised through signature fundraising events including Horses, Hops and Cops, the Fidelity Bank Champions Club at Zurich Classic, the Gold Medal Chefs Gala, and Santa’s Kitchen.