Camellia’s 100th Anniversary Events: Coming Together as a Community
Celebrating our 100th Anniversary
We’re thrilled to celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2023! And we’re commemorating this milestone by giving back to the community that has sustained us – through a year’s worth of exciting events. Stay tuned as we announce more events in the coming weeks and months!
Camellia Beans & Second Harvest: A Pack-A-Thon (January 9th, 2023)
On January 9th, 2023, the first Monday of Carnival, we began a year-long partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank as part of an effort to end food insecurity in New Orleans. As part of a Camellia Bean/Second Harvest pack-a-thon event, 100 volunteers (including local celebrities and public figures) came together to pack 2,000 bags of beans and rice for those in need in our community. And over the course of our centennial year, we’ll donate beans for one million meals.
Working to End Food Insecurity
Our ongoing desire to ensure adequate food resources is deeply embedded in our company’s cultural values. Camellia regularly lends its support to food distribution programs, community kitchen meal services, nutrition education, shelters, food banks, schools, and public benefits – ensuring families have a meal on their dining table at all times.
Camellia Beans & Dooky Chase: Two Icons Turn 100 (January 7th, 2023)
Two icons turn 100 years old! On January 7th, 2023, we helped honor the life, work, and legacy of Chef Leah Chase – Queen of Creole Cuisine. Called “Grateful to You” Day, this free and open community event celebrated and memorialized Leah Chase’s 100th birthday (and ours) by serving up fried chicken and red beans & rice to the community, courtesy of Dooky Chase and Camellia beans. We were thrilled to join forces with the Chase family to commemorate this occasion.
Camellia Beans & Charter Schools: Red Beans Month (March 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th, 2023)
Councilmember Freddie King III of District C and Camellia Beans came together — just like Red Beans and Rice — to honor New Orleans culinary culture in March with “Red Beans Month”. The goal was to share the tradition of Red Beans and Rice and its significance with the next generation of New Orleanians, through an initiative with charter schools and InspireNOLA schools.
Camellia shared an 8-minute documentary short film with the schools on the history of Louis Armstrong’s favored dish and provided a free and nutritious meal of Red Beans and Rice to students and faculty on Mondays, March 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th. The film presents insightful interviews with historians, authors, journalists, filmmakers, and respected tastemakers of the city, including Dr. Jessica Harris, Poppy Tooker, Stella Chase, Lolis Elie, Vance Vaucresson, and Rien Fertel.
We visited Alice M. Harte Charter School, Dorothy Height Charter School, Dwight D. Eisenhower Charter School, Frederick A. Douglas High School, Harriet Tubman Charter School, KIPP Leadership, L.B. Landry High School, and New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy. It was a joy and a pleasure to share our love of red beans and rice with amazing children from our local NOLA community!