A family that cooks together

At DC Central Kitchen Cafe’s November graduation, the audience watched as two generations, a father and a son, came together to celebrate new opportunities and a love of cooking. James, a DC Central Kitchen employee and graduate of our Culinary Job Training program, watched his 18-year-old son, James (Trey), take this big step, too.  … Read more »

DCCK employee and graduate awarded scholarship to kick-start counseling career

Each year,  we  award  one outstanding DC Central Kitchen employee and graduate with our North  Star scholarship  to  help them reach new career goals.  This year, we were honored to recognize Manouchka Bolden, who enrolled at DC Central Kitchen in the fall of 2018 in search of one word – “change.”   As a mother… Read more »

Staff profile: Crystal

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw was once quoted saying: “The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” That concept is embodied by one of our staff members and Culinary Job Training (CJT) graduates, Crystal. Crystal is… Read more »

The best DCCK grad story of the year

In the days that followed our 100th graduation this summer, one notably inspiring story made its way around the organization. Earl was a student of Class 100 who came to DCCK from a halfway house after spending 13 years in prison. You can’t miss him in a room — over 6 feet tall with a big… Read more »

Breaking the cycle, one family member at a time

DC Central Kitchen specializes in second chances—and that’s why many of our culinary students come to us late in their adulthoods, after decades of personal struggle. Relatively few young adults are ready for the professional and emotional rigors of our program, but 24-year-old Piccom Dews defied that trend. In less than a year, Piccom has,… Read more »

Staff profile: Crystal Marshall

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw was once quoted saying: “The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” That concept is embodied by one of our staff members and Culinary Job Training (CJT) graduates, Crystal… Read more »