I love hearing about the culinary programs that give people the skills to find work in restaurants and other food service, whether they're former gang members, at-risk youth or at St. Joseph Center in Venice, the homeless population. St. Joseph's 10 week Culinary Training Program helps participants get back on their feet by providing training, externships and even job interviews in a fully-outfitted training kitchen and in the Bread and Roses Cafe. But of course they need funding help to do all this, and that's where you come in. St. Joseph has invited guest chefs to come teach cooking classes that benefit the center and are 50% tax deductible. These are great alternatives to taking classes from
Oct. 21, Wednesday evening is the Chocolate Spectacular with Gourmandise Desserts; Saturday, Oct. 24 is From Sicily with Love with the chef from Ado; Nov. 14 is Decadent Desserts and Sweet Plates with pastry chefs from Gourmandise and Kensington Caterers.
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