New Jersey Charity Opens Training Kitchen for Culinary School

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Eva’s Village, a Paterson, NJ anti-poverty nonprofit takes its Culinary School to the next step – opening of its state of the art training kitchen.

Students in Prince Street Training Kitchen during Module 1

The Culinary School at Eva’s Village is celebrating the grand opening of its Prince Street Training Kitchen on February 13, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. The opening of the Training Kitchen at 133 Prince Street provides a state of the art culinary training facility for the private vocational school. The Culinary School at Eva’s Village, which provides job training skills to people in need, garnered the interest of The LeRoy Schecter Foundation, Kearny, NJ, who generously provided a grant to support two years of operation at the new Prince Street location. Other funders joined The Foundation providing seed money to allow the school to begin operations at Eva’s Community Kitchen while the Prince Street location was under construction.

Through the guidance and expertise of the Culinary School Advisory Board, the school was approved as a private vocational school by the New Jersey Department of Education and Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Classes began in March 2014 in the Community Kitchen at Eva’s Village.

In January, 2015 The Culinary School at Eva’s Village began a fully integrated school curriculum providing skill and technique training at the Prince Street Training Kitchen and quantity cooking experience at the Community (Production) Kitchen.    Open to the public, the school has capacity for 24 students per course. In 2015 the school will run four courses beginning in January, April, June and September. The curriculum spans a five month timeframe, with students engaged in a full-time industry internship for the fifth month. Post-graduate services include placement services. Current statistics boast a 90% placement rate for the March 2014 class. The recent July class already has 30% actively employed and another 20% in final stages of placement.

The school offers financial aid and other attributes which make it attractive to the public including, supportive services available within Eva’s Village; experienced chef instructors, hands-on experience of working in a production kitchen; professional mentors; and a strong industry partnership for internships and job placement opportunities.

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(dot)School(at)evasvillage(dot)org. To support The Culinary School at Eva’s Village or one of our other programs visit http://evasvillage.org/donate2.shtml.

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 internship with post-internship placement services.        

About Eva’s Village:
Eva’s Village (http://www.evasvillage.org), 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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