News Category: Featured

DCCK is Back to School – Now With Curbside Pickup

DC Central Kitchen’s Healthy School Food team knows how to pivot. As the food service provider for 16 schools in Washington, DC, we source ingredients from more than 65 local family farms to provide scratch-cooked recipes designed by our expert team of chefs and dietitians with the help of thousands of student taste-testers.  However, since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, this DC Central Kitchen social enterprise has navigated one unprecedented challenge after another.  “It was almost like starting a whole new meal… Read more »

Improvising for the Community

For three decades, DCCK has been headquartered just four blocks from the U.S. Capitol in the Federal City shelter. In January, this proximity to the seat of American democracy brought a sudden shock to our ongoing emergency relief efforts. Because of the insurrection of January 6 to the ensuing, lengthy lockdown of streets surrounding the… Read more »

Meet Rasheem.

This past January, DC Central Kitchen was excited to welcome Rasheem Rooke to our team as Director of Workforce Development. Rasheem brought with him an impressive background of supporting DC residents, including a leadership role at the College Success Foundation where he holistically supported DC students navigate their college experience and earn their degree. His experience and passion… Read more »

DC Central Kitchen’s culinary graduates step up to meet local needs on Thanksgiving

For three decades, our signature Culinary Job Training program has provided hands-on education and real-world experience to DC residents facing barriers to employment. Our CJT graduates traditionally go on to work at DC hotels, fine dining establishments, and fast-casual eateries but two graduates, Connie and Dawain, have launched their own charitable organizations inspired by their experiences at DC Central Kitchen. Together, their organizations provided turkeys and groceries this last Thanksgiving to more than 130 local families.  Meet Connie  Connie Williams completed the… Read more »

DC Central Kitchen Partners with World Central Kitchen and Dreaming Out Loud for Mobile Feeding Initiative

DC Central Kitchen has distributed over two million meals and more than one million pounds of fresh fruit and veggies to children, families and seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic in response to the rising food insecurity rate in Washington, DC.  But we’re not alone. Two of our longtime partners, World Central Kitchen and Dreaming Out Loud, have together served another 1.5 million… Read more »

Chef Paolo Dungca of Peter Chang Restaurant Group wins DC Central Kitchen’s 17th annual Capital Food Fight

Chef Paolo Dungca took home the top honor last night at DC Central Kitchen’s signature fundraising event, Capital Food Fight. In the first-ever virtual format of this celebrated fundraiser, local chefs Angel Barreto of Anju, Paolo Dungca of Peter Chang Restaurant Group, Peter Prime of Cane, and Shannan Troncoso of Brookland’s Finest Bar and Kitchen went head-to-head in a thrilling culinary battle hosted by Occasions Caterers and streamed virtually for guests and sponsors.   This year’s Capital… Read more »