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Tarrant Area Food Bank’s Community Kitchen Appetizer Party

Last week, staff from the WD attended TAFB’s Community Kitchen Appetizer Party. A culinary feast was displayed in the form of five food stations, offering succulent treats like Quail Lollipops, Mushroom and Boursin Stuffed Phyllo Cups, Pan Seared Scallops and Petite Kahlua Crème Brûlées. The attention to detail, both in the preparation as well as the plating of these delicacies was superb, and we were highly impressed with the level of skill displayed by the Community Kitchen students.

The Tarrant Area Food Bank Community Kitchen provides free culinary job training to prepare men and women from all backgrounds for work in food services. The Community Kitchen gives students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and give back to the community.

During the 16-week program, students:

  • Learn from the TAFB professional chef
  • Participate in demonstrations given by community professional chefs
  • Receive coaching in life skills and job readiness
  • Prepare meals that are delivered to partner charities
  • Showcase their new skills at on-site catering events for TAFB
  • Serve a two-week unpaid internship at a local food service institution
  • Celebrate their accomplishments at a formal graduation ceremony

Since its inception in 2007, 221 students have successfully completed the program. On average, more than 80% of Community Kitchen students have continued to be employed at least one year after graduation. Community Kitchen student internships often turn into full-time jobs.

Contact TAFB:

To offer an internship site or employment and/or for information about student applications and other aspects of the Tarrant Area Food Bank Community Kitchen, contact:

Barbara Higbee

Community Kitchen Manager

817-332-9177, ext.144

barbara.higbee@tafb.org

Warren Douglas has worked with the Tarrant Area Food Bank for the last year. We feel privileged to be able to work with an organization that is making such a large and important impact within our local community. Our current campaign in support of TAFB was awarded Gold at the recent annual AAF-Fort Worth ADDY Awards. 

*Photo: Photos courtesy of Ryan Harvey

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