Why Okra Abbey?
Okra - a vegetable that has deep roots in New Orleans history and cooking. Okra is a traditional ingredient in Gumbo - a dish that cuts across boundaries of race and class as it is enjoyed by folks of all walks of life throughout the city.
Abbey - "Historically, abbeys are places and spaces that are often self-sufficient while using any abundance of produce or skill to provide care to the poor and needy, refuge to those who are outcast or persecuted, and education to the young . . . Many abbeys also served as way stations where travelers could stop in and rest and receive nourishment for their bodies and souls before continuing on their journey." - Wikipedia