New Culinary Starts Program
Culinary Starts is a new program that offers vocational training to Shelter House clients. Trainees undergo twelve weeks of classes and hands-on training to master skills in kitchen sanitation, safety, and food production. The training prepares clients for a national certification in food preparation, and better positions clients for a wide range of employment opportunities.
Culinary Starts launched Guest Chef night in 2011. Guest Chef Night brings community chefs and our trainees together to prepare a formal meal for the public. The event allows our trainees to work directly with area chefs to network and explore various employment options, while the chefs have the opportunity to showcase new menus, and guests can enjoy a delicious and socially conscious meal. Watch our home page for upcoming Guest Chef events.
Culinary Starts continues to expand with catering and contract meal options. We have ongoing meal contracts with a University of Iowa Facilities Management, UI Hospitals and Clinics, Community Mental Health Clinic, MECCA, Four Oaks, and Iowa Flood Center
We continue looking for ways to expand so we’re able to incorporate more trainees into the program. Culinary Starts can cater your next event, so please call 319-351-0326 or email Xandria Burke at Xandria@shelterhouseiowa.org for more information.