Sustaining our community through access to fresh, job skills training and hot nutritious meals
Our culinary workforce development program
Welcome to Germaine’s Kitchen Café, a Gluten Free Culinary Arts program of Catholic Charities Oregon. Here, our program delivers a variety of essential skills helping our students and participants on a path to success in a professional kitchen or foodservice operation. Our program offers in-class instruction on the fundamentals and foundations of cooking along with the very important job/life skills and hands-on learning in just 16 weeks.
Our program is pace based to accommodate all the different learning styles, abilities and practices of our students, allowing them to grow their skill sets and giving them confidence to reach personal goals.
As a part of our program, our students prepare hot meals for our unhoused neighbors in Southeast Portland.
Hot Meals for Unhoused Neighbors is an initiative at St. Francis Dining Hall, along with other distribution sites and sanctioned camps, that focuses on food preparation and distribution efforts to feed those who are experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity. As part of that initiative, Catholic Charities of Oregon provides approximately 1,000 meals a week for unhoused neighbors in Southeast Portland.
If you need food assistance, please contact us here.
Apply now for culinary training at Germaine’s Kitchen and Café!
Germaine’s offers a 16-week paced, individualized culinary training program. Students will develop job readiness and the teamwork skills needed to work in food service or a related field. The program includes hands-on training and one-on-one support in a newly-remodeled gluten-free commercial kitchen in SE Portland.
Germaine’s Kitchen and Cafe provides specialized learning opportunities for people with a range of learning abilities. Students learn skills for success at work and in the community.
Students gain the following core competencies in a professional kitchen setting:
- Customer Service
- Time Management
- Personal Responsibility
- Food Safety
- Culinary Knowledge and Skills
- Kitchen Math
- Knife Skills
- Equipment Knowledge
Classes are Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 am to 3:30 pm
Fall 2021: August 2, 2021 – December 2, 2021
Winter 2021: October 25, 2021-January 28, 2022.
For more information and a tour, contact Chef Jon Wirtis at email@example.com