The Second Annual Olive Mass is set for September 25, 2017

Communications • Thu, Aug 17 2017 at 4:41pm
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This special Mass is a celebration of food and hospitality and those men and women that make it possible

NEW ORLEANS, La. – For the second year The Table Foundation will host the Olive Mass at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans as the community comes together to celebrate food and hospitality and the food, beverage and hospitality professionals that serve in the New Orleans community. New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond will be the principal celebrant at the 2nd Annual Olive Mass on September 25 at 10 am. Fr. Leo Patanlinghug, founder of The Table Foundation, will be the homilist.

This year in addition to the Olive Mass, which will be broadcast live locally by WLAE-TV and live streamed at, The Table Foundation will host a reception at Chef John Besh’s Pigeon and Prince and a Panel Discussion of some of New Orleans’s best and most famous chefs. The panel will be moderated by Greg Reggio of Taste Buds Management. The Table Foundation will also introduce two new awards for those working in the hospitality industry. The Olive Branch will honor an industry professional (chef, restaurateur, food business owner, etc.) who exhibits a passion for food and dedication to serving others, and the Faithful Steward Award will honor someone who works in the “front” of the house, “back” of the house, or on a local farm who demonstrates the spirit of humility and dedication, going above and beyond the call of duty as a team member.

All are welcome to the Mass and reception, and a special invitation is extended to those who work in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry.

More information about the second annual Olive Mass can be found online at  

About The Table Foundation

Inspired by the vision of Fr. Leo Patalinghug, host and founder of “Grace Before Meals”- an apostolic movement to strengthen relationships through the family meal- The Table Foundation seeks to serve as a charitable organization to broaden the outreach of feeding people’s bodies, minds and souls. The history and tradition of all religions has shown how the simple act of feeding people can promote peace and harmony and bring about the loving presence of God. This human reality, beautifully captured in the sacred traditions of Roman Catholic teaching, shows that food is the most universal language of all. The gift of food, along with eating the right food, can help sinners become saints! The Table Foundation is the place that will connect our families to build up our human race family.

About the Archdiocese of New Orleans

Created as a diocese on April 25, 1792 and as an archdiocese on July 19, 1850, the Archdiocese of New Orleans consists of 4,208 square miles including the eight civil parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Washington. The total population of the area is estimated to be 1.2 million people with an estimated total Catholic population of 510,599. For more information, please visit