The Culinary School at Eva’s Village opens 3,500 sq. ft. Training Kitchen in Paterson

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Eva’s Village, Paterson, New Jersey anti-poverty nonprofit, will start January session of Culinary School in new Training Kitchen.

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Training Kitchen of The Culinary School at Eva's Village

In 2005, Eva’s Village began an important project to provide affordable housing to the community. Five years later, that goal became a reality when the organization opened a 50 unit apartment building on Prince Street. A 3,500 sq. ft. section of the ground floor of this building was reserved for a social enterprise initiative; which after much research and planning, would become a Training Kitchen for The Culinary School at Eva’s Village. Providing job training skills to people in need garnered the interest of several donors and foundations which provided the seed money to build The Prince Street Training Kitchen location. This expansive location fully outfitted with commercial cooking equipment, will allow the school to provide training to 96 students each year. Students attending the school will enjoy a campus environment with a Classroom Technology Lab and Production Kitchen located at the Main Street location and a full-scale Training Kitchen located a short walk away at the Prince Street Location. Classes utilizing the expanded school space will begin in January 2015.

The Culinary School at Eva’s Village is a private vocational school certified by the New Jersey Department of Education and Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The five-month course is conducted in four-week modules. These modules include: Introduction to Culinary Arts/Breakfast Cookery/ServSafe; Buffet Prep/Short Order; Garde Manger/Pantry; and Introduction to Baking and Pastry Arts. The final module includes a four-week industry externship with post-externship placement services. “The opening of our Prince Street Training Kitchen provides an optimal learning environment for our students as well as ample growth potential for jobs in the culinary business initiatives this Training Kitchen will allow us to pursue,” commented Donna Marie Fico, Director of Marketing and Education.

For application information on The Culinary School at Eva’s Village, contact: Student Services at The Culinary School – Phone: (973) 523-6220 Ext. 253 or email Culinary.School(at)evasvillage(dot)org. To support The Culinary School at Eva’s Village or one of our other programs visit

About The Culinary School at Eva’s Village:
The five-month course provides fundamental cookery skills appropriate to basic positions in professional food preparation. Four-week modules include, Introduction to Culinary Arts/Breakfast Cookery; Buffet Prep/Short Order; Garde Manger/Pantry; and Introduction to Baking and Pastry Arts. Topics cover recipe and menu genres, culinary math, knife skills, safety and sanitation, and breakfast cooking. Students will also be coached in workplace readiness and life skills throughout the modules. As students advance through the modules they practice cooking techniques, including soup, stock, and sauce production, vegetable and starch cookery, and scratch preparation of salads and dressings. More advanced classes cover meat and seafood fabrication and cooking techniques, Garde Manger practices and baking and pastry cooking techniques and production. The final module includes a four-week industry externship with post-externship placement services.        

About Eva’s Village:
Eva’s Village (, originally a New Jersey soup kitchen, was founded in 1982 by Msgr. Vincent E. Puma in response to the increasing incidence of homelessness in his Paterson, NJ parish. But Msgr. Puma soon realized that a soup kitchen was not enough. With the generous support of thousands of donors and private and government grants, Eva's has grown to be the most respected anti-poverty program in New Jersey. Their mission is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted and provide medical and dental care to the poor with respect for the human dignity of each individual.

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