Food. Friendship. Future.
BLOC Teaching Kitchen is a partnership with Kroger's "Zero
Hunger Zero Waste" initiative and operates in two locations- State St. in
Lower Price Hill and McPherson Ave. in East Price Hill.
The McPherson Ave. location offers the SOAK (Souls of a Kitchen)
Culinary Course, which is a free, 8-week program that trains students (ages
16-24) for work in the food service industry. Many of these students have
behavioral issues, learning disabilities, have dropped out of high school or
are ex-offenders. Participants are trained in food safety, sanitation, basic
knife skills, classic cooking techniques, commercial kitchen operations and
equipment use. They are also prepared for the ServSafe Certification. Students
learn respect, teamwork, self-confidence and professionalism as a recipe for
success. SOAK is lead by Chef J. Pitts, who has had great success training
students and finding them job placements in the culinary field. Chef Pitts
brings over 40 years of culinary experience to this program.
The State St. location offers classes for Western Hills High
School 12th grade students with special needs. There are also after
school programs and summer camps for teens (ages 13-16) and junior chefs 12 and
under. The kids learn about agriculture, practice culinary skills and catering.
There are weekly themes to make learning fun. Lead by Chef Steph, she wants
students to understand where their food comes from and how it’s prepared. It
doesn’t just magically show up in a drive thru window. Cooking is an art. BLOC Teaching Kitchen also partners with Santa Maria Community Services to align the needs of
our community by offering our program to referred students seeking training and
employment. Santa Maria helps provide stipends for youth, supplies, job
coaching outside the kitchen and help with with ServSafe certification costs.
For information about programs at the McPherson
Ave. Teaching Kitchen, contact Chef J. Pitts: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about programs at the State
St. Teaching Kitchen, contact Chef Steph: email@example.com