Chef José Andrés Announces a $500,000 Challenge for Our Transformative Expansion 

Chef José Andrés and DCCK CEO Mike Curtin in front of The Klein Center for Jobs and Justice/Rey Lopez Elected officials, top philanthropists, and community advocates gathered on September 23rd for a ‘first look’ at our new headquarters, The Michael R. Klein Center for Jobs and Justice, before it opens in Southwest DC later this […]

Southern Style Meatloaf for the Win at the CJT Class 130 Cookoff!

It was the battle of meatloaves at the Culinary Job Training Class 130’s cookoff on Wednesday. The eleven students were split up into four teams and each came up with a different way to prepare a meatloaf. Team Tastemakers were inspired by their southern background and prepared a southern style meatloaf. Team Taste of DC […]

Summer Volunteer Opportunities: Gleaning!

  Our popular summer volunteer program is back!   DC Central Kitchen gleanings support local farms and help prevent food waste! From June through October, volunteers will meet us at local farms to pick fresh produce that they could otherwise not harvest or sell. DCCK will use these ingredients to prepare and deliver nutritious meals […]

May Community Events

May is a busy month for our Community Development and Partnerships team! As the weather warms up we’ll be hosting and participating in events across DC, promoting our programs and resources, ensuring our neighbors will know where they can find an affordable yet nutritious meal this summer.   Healthy Corners Events We’re hosting weekly community […]

CJT Class 128 Cookoff: Truffle Mac and Cheese Reigns Supreme

Cookoff winners, Quentin and Dareon, present their dish to the judges. Last Friday, March 18th, Culinary Job Training Class 128 competed in our cheesiest cookoff yet! Split into three teams, this small but mighty class incorporated history, tradition, and creativity into their macaroni and cheese dishes. Students spent the morning collaborating to create their unique […]

Photos: Fiesta Fajita Friday!

Last Friday, students at Washington Jesuit Academy were treated to Fiesta Fajita Friday by our Healthy  School Foods Team. DC Central Kitchen’s dietetic intern, Lauryn Woodruff, organized the latin themed meal and collected feedback from the students on the flavor of the meal. The menu consisted of chicken fajitas on whole wheat tortillas with sautéed […]

Photos: Lean, Mean Green Beans at Fresh Feature Friday!

“Tastes like my grandma’s!” “I like all three!” “This tastes like Popeyes!” These are just some of the reviews by the students at Thomas and Drew Elementary Schools during January’s Fresh Feature Friday event on January 28, 2022. This month the Healthy School Foods team came up with three different green bean recipes for the […]

Photos: CJT Class 127 Cookoff!

At long last, Culinary Job Training Class 127 competed in their highly anticipated cookoff on Friday, January 21, 2022. Originally postponed due to COVID precautions, this class’s cookoff prompted the students to prepare the best lasagna recipe while incorporating seafood into their meal and preparing a side dish. While Team 2’s kale salad side was […]

Class 126 Graduation: The Power of a Positive Example

Students from Class 126 watch a presentation about their time in the CJT program at graduation on Friday, December 8, 2021. On the first Friday in December, 12 impressive, tenacious graduates took the stage to receive their hard-earned diplomas from our Culinary Job Training (CJT) program. Friends and families cheered loudly from their seats in […]