2018 Catapult Fund for Cultural Entrepreneurs

Join us in congratulating the participants in the 2018 Catapult Fund Boot Camp:

Dwynesha Lavigne, Deelightful Cupcakes

Rebecca Hollingsworth, Bona Fried Food Truck

David Volion, Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant

Chris Hayes, The Smoking Oyster

Tiffany Lane, Off Da Hook Creole Catering

Blake Cressy, Tasty Treat Restaurant

Derek Robinson, Mad Chef LLC

Wendy Smallwood, Ollie’s Hot Tamales

Loretta Harrison, Loretta’s Authentic Pralines

Melody Lawson, Nola’s Finest

Erin Brazley, Amaris Catering

Sinnidra Taylor, Crazy Waffle Bar

Octavio Ycaza, Miti Miti

Irving Jordan, Blaze Bistro

This year, we’re once again celebrating the importance of the culinary arts and all participants are attending weekly classes at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center.

The Catapult Fund, a grant program in its third year, encourages small cultural businesses to take the next step in their growth and development, is sponsored by New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Capital One Bank, and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.  These are Jazz Fest dollars at work!

To apply: jazzandheritage.org

Class of 2017

• Fred Henry, co-owner of Café Dauphine, a restaurant in Lower 9th Ward
• Kris Babylon, co-owner of St. Coffee on St. Claude, a coffee shop that has ambitions of becoming a restaurant
• Becky Wasden, a partner in Two Girls One Shuck, which caters raw oysters for special events
• Hayden Aley, owner of Girls Gone Vegan Baking, which specializes in vegan and gluten-free desserts
• Brandon Wiley, owner of Jazz City Café, a restaurant in Chalmette
• Lesley Turner, co-owner of Dirty Dishes, a restaurant and caterer with a stand in the St. Roch Market
• Ethel Williams, co-owner of Cocoa & Cream Mobile Foods and Catering, a food truck and caterer
• Desi Jones, co-owner of Southern Fixings, which makes specialty pralines in LaPlace
• Christopher Case, chef and co-owner of Old School Eats, a food truck and fine dining caterer in Slidell
• Shantrise Sykes, owner of Five Star Creole Dishes, a food truck and caterer
• Tracy Kish, a partner in The Crepe Cart, which sells freshly made crepes from a mobile cart at the French Market and other locations
• Nicole Bordley, owner of The Puddin’ Shop, which makes individual servings of bread puddings to sell at retail stores

Class of 2014

  • Audiowood
  • Blissett Textile
  • Catapult LLC
  • Freddi Evans
  • Elysian Post & Production LLC
  • Joie Petite Designs, Art Gallery & Studio
  • Lullaby Sound Design
  • New Orleans Book & Paper Lab
  • New Orleans Design, Development & Manufacture LLC
  • Passion Dance Center LLC
  • Where Y’Art LLC

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Catapult Fund Class of 2016

Armed with new business plans, our Catapult culinary artists are an amazing group of superstars!

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