- Tommy Cvitanovich to receive The Times-Picayune Loving Cup for 2010, March 6, 2011; http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2011/03/tommy_cvitanovich_to_receive_t.html
- Loving Cup winner is a role model: A letter to the editor, March 11, 2011; http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2011/03/loving_cup_winner_is_a_role_mo.html
- Times-Picayune Loving Cup to be awarded to Tommy Cvitanovich, April 3, 2011;
- Tommy Cvitanovich, of Drago’s Restaurant, receives The Times-Picayune Loving Cup, April 4, 2011; http://www.nola.com/dining/index.ssf/2011/04/tommy_cvitanovich_of_dragos_re.html
- Tommy Cvitanovich’s generosity is greatly appreciated: A letter to the editor, April 12, 2011; http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2011/04/tommy_cvitanovichs_generosity.html
By John Pope, The Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune, April 3, 2011
Michael DeMocker, The Times-Picayune
Restaurateur Tommy Cvitanovich will receive The Times-Picayune Loving Cup today at 4 p.m. at St. Clement of Rome Church, 3990 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie.
Cvitanovich, whose parents founded Drago’s Restaurant, is being honored for service to — and beyond — the New Orleans area.
His mother and father emigrated to the United States from Croatia. In the early 1990s, when war was tearing their homeland apart, Cvitanovich help load staples such as food, medicine and clothes into massive containers bound for that part of the world.
In the weeks after Hurricane Katrina, nearly 80,000 people got free meals at the Metairie restaurant. And in the wake of the BP oil spill, Cvitanovich has been helping the seafood industry rebound. “I’m a worker,” Cvitanovich said in an interview. “It’s not easy for me to write a check, but I know how to get others to do it and to work with others.” The Loving Cup has been awarded since 1901 to people who have served the community without expectation of any material reward.