Restaurateur, entrepreneur, author and sought-after speaker Ti Adelaide Martin is an outspoken champion for true hospitality in business, for her city and for the many causes she devotes herself to. Most recently Martin devoted herself to celebrating the 125th anniversary of Commander’s Palace, along with her family members, by hosting The American Cuisine and Hospitality Symposium. This day-long discussion about the future of food and hospitality in America featured provocative sessions led by industry experts and thought leaders at the New Orleans Orpheum Theater. Restaurateurs, chefs, CEOs, food writers and students all found something inspiring from the day that was attended by more than 400 people and furthered a cause dear to Martin’s heart: creating hospitality heroes.
From co-founder in the 90s of the New Orleans Proud to Call It Home campaign, to driving the force behind the new billion-dollar airport terminal as finance chair and 12-year member of the Aviation board, to being cofounder and chair of the board of NOCHI, a new 93,000 square-foot culinary and hospitality institute, Martin’s energy appears boundless. “I have many passions, but my truest love is for restaurants. I love restaurants. I love working in them, eating in them, talking about them, reading about them and writing about them,” says Martin.
Most recently, the Commanders Palace team took these awards:
• Restaurant of the Year Nola.com | The Times-Picayune (2018)
• James Beard Foundation Awards Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America (2018)
• Named Top Female Achiever by New Orleans magazine (2018)
• Named New Orleans CityBusiness Icon (2018)
• Food and Wine’s 40 Most Important Restaurants (2018)