VIDEO: Celebrating our Latest Class of Culinary Job Training Graduates

2023 Winter Graduates from DC Central Kitchen on Vimeo. Today, we celebrated our latest class of culinary stars. Sponsored by the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation and Marriott International, this class of students challenged themselves from day one. From a chili cooking competition to a professional development field trip to an inspiring graduation […]

Marriott’s Historic Support Levels Up in our New Home

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation and Marriott International are two of our longest-running strategic partners. From donating safe and sustainable food for our meals to hiring our graduates to catalyzing our pandemic– relief efforts, Marriott has invested considerable time and resources in supporting our mission for more than three decades.  Over the […]

The COVID Response Stories We Never Told

In the three years since COVID-19 struck our city, DC Central Kitchen has adapted to one profound change after another. We’ve worked to be as transparent as possible about what we’ve seen, learned, and modified, using our platform to share the perspectives of people and communities hit hardest by the pandemic and honoring the trust […]

Save the Date: DC Central Kitchen Cafe Day

Join DC Central Kitchen on Friday, March 31st for DC Central Kitchen Cafe Day, celebrating the grand opening of our third social enterprise cafe in the lobby of DC Central Kitchen’s new headquarters at The Michael R. Klein Center for Jobs & Justice on Buzzard Point! This day-long event will also commemorate the first anniversary […]

Healthy Corners Community of Practice: An Expanding Network of Corner Store Leaders

When we launched our Healthy Corners program 11 years ago, we were asking small business owners for a precious commodity: trust. After more than a decade of earning and building that trust, there are now 53 DC corner stores stocking and selling healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables from DC Central Kitchen. In fact, good food […]

Field Trip: CJT Visits Marriott International’s Global Headquarters

On February 16th, our latest class of Culinary Job Training students had the incredible opportunity to tour the new Marriott International Global headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. During the tour, our students were able to visit Marriott’s Associate Growth Center, Executive Level Meeting Rooms, Planning Conference Rooms, and finally, the phenomenal Marriott Kitchen. Four long-time Marriott […]

First DCCK Cook-Off in the Klein Center Enchants Our Judges

February 15th marked an important day in DC Central Kitchen history – our very first Cook-Off in our new home! After seven weeks of refining both their knife and life skills, our latest class of Culinary Job Training students, sponsored by The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation and Marriott International, had the chance […]

DCCK Founder Robert Egger Visits The Klein Center

Last week, DCCK Founder Robert Egger stopped by the Klein Center for Jobs and Justice to see how our 36,000 square foot headquarters will help us double our meal production, create over 50 new jobs, and significantly expand our volunteer network. We’ve come a long way since the early days on Florida Avenue, and we […]