October 9, 2017

Cake Fair Founder Inspires Culinary Students

Author: Erika Spence

Knock on doors. Take chances. Look for new experiences.

This is just some of the advice Kevin O’Reilly shared with students in Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s Culinary Training Program. O’Reilly is the founder & CEO of Satin Fine Foods, Inc. and The America’s Cake Fair, which is hosting its second celebration of cake at the Orange County Convention Center later this month. He recently met with students to share his story of culinary success in hopes of inspiring future food industry employees. Read More …

November 3, 2016

Dino-Mite Experience

Author: Idalia Nunez

Culinary Training Field Trip to Landry's, T-Rex, and Rainforest CafeWe would like to give a GIGANTIC THANK YOU to Marty Sherman and his team at Landry’s Restaurants for recently hosting our culinary students.  Jen Connell, Mr. Reefe, Jeff and Chef Gene shared their experience, gave the students a tour of the T-Rex and Rainforest Café kitchens and an excellent lesson on high volume and high quality cooking.

We were all treated to a DELICIOUS lunch that included T-Rex Café’s out-of-this-world chocolate extinction dessert.  One of the many highlights was eating lunch under a meteor shower and seeing the scuba diver inside the fish tank. After lunch, the students had the opportunity to apply for open positions at both T-Rex and Rainforest Cafés. Read More …

March 29, 2016

Catering for Good Team Helps Honor Central Florida Trail Blazers at Orlando City Hall

Author: Guest Blogger

2016 Mayor Buddy Dyer's ReceptionRecently, Second Harvest Food Bank and our Catering for Good team helped to honor the 2016 Central Florida Trail Blazers at the 4th Annual Black History Month Reception at the Orlando City Hall. This event was presented by Mayor Buddy Dyer, Commissioner Regina Hill, Commissioner Samuel B ings, and Onyx Magazine, and included passed hors d’oeuvres prepared by our chefs and students of our Culinary Training Program.

This event was a great learning experience for our students and provided additional life skills about the importance of honoring those who help fight hunger and support our community in various ways. Read More …

April 2, 2014

Culinary Training Program Anniversary

Author: Dawn Viola

Culinary Training Program teachingThis week marks an important milestone for Second Harvest: One year ago, on April 1st, we welcomed our first group of students into the Culinary Training Program. To date, we have graduated 28 students, and are currently working with our fourth group, scheduled to graduate June 13th. We have 100% employment placement rates upon graduation, and job retention rates well above the country’s average as compared to similar programs across the United States.

Early on, it was recognized that life skills training would be a key component to the success of our program and students. One of the exciting trends we are seeing is that as we increased the number of hours of life skills training for our students, the job retention rates also increased; this speaks volumes on so many levels. As we move forward into our second year, we will continue to build a strong community of culinary industry partners. Read More …