JoAnn Clevenger

From left to right: Dr. Linda Shiue, Poppy Tooker, Natasha MacAller, and Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark
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On this week's show, we meet some individuals who are doing their part to make the world a better place through food. 

 

We begin with the remarkable story of JoAnn Clevenger of the Upperline Restaurant. While she is known first and foremost for her beloved restaurant, JoAnn has taken on many different endeavors over the years, all with the unifying purpose of bringing people together.

Host Poppy Tooker with JoAnn Clevenger
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On this week's show, we speak with some powerful and influential women in the food industry who are getting the job done.

We begin with local treasure JoAnn Clevenger, restaurateur behind the Upperline. While she is most famous for her Uptown restaurant, JoAnn has worn many different hats over her lifetime, managing multiple businesses with pluck and determination.

JoAnn Clevenger grew up in a strong Baptist community in northern Louisiana and eventually found her way to New Orleans.
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JoAnn Clevenger had never even heard of Mardi Gras until she moved to New Orleans in the late 1950’s. She dropped out of Tulane to care for her mother and then moved to the French Quarter shortly thereafter. At that point in her life the jazz clubs, restaurants and literary circles she hung around weren’t like anything she’d seen.