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Germaine’s Kitchen and Café

At the heart of our Food Response Network is Germaine’s Kitchen and Café (GKC). GKC offers a 16-week culinary workforce development program accommodating all the different learning styles, abilities and practices of our students. We have cultivated a space that allows them to grow their skill sets and gives them confidence to reach personal goals. In addition, our students serve hot meals to neighbors in need of access to nutritious food as a part of  the Hot meals for Unhoused Neighbors initiative.

 

Our culinary workforce development program and hot meals initiative

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 Café 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
  • Teamwork
  • Food Safety
  • Culinary Knowledge and Skills
  • Kitchen Math
  • Knife Skills
  • Equipment Knowledge

Classes are Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 am to 3:30 pm

Upcoming sessions:

Fall 2021: August 2, 2021 – November 19,2021

Winter 2021: October 25, 2021 – February 15, 2022

Spring 2022: January 31, 2022 – May 20, 2022

For more information and a tour, contact Chef Jon Wirtis at jwirtis@ccoregon.org

Interested in applying? Visit our Contact Page, and fill out your contact info along with a brief message about your interest in the program.

Articles

Fox 12 Oregon: Germaine's Kitchen and Café feeds community members in need

Posted By | Raeann Boero, Communications Coordinator
Germaine’s Kitchen and Café was featured on Good Day Oregon!

Holidays without Hunger

Posted By | Raeann Boero, Communications Coordinator
On Wednesday, December 8 , a small group from Catholic Charities of Oregon made a visit to Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst, a Senior Living Community in Lake Oswego, for their Holidays Without Hunger event.

Congratulations Germaine's Kitchen and Café Graduates!

Posted By | Raeann Boero, Communications Coordinator
Special congratulations to our first cohort of students graduating from Germaine’s Kitchen and Café culinary training program. We could not be prouder! During their 16-weeks in the program they have learned professional culinary skills such as food safety, knife skills, sanitation and more! They’ve also been building professional skills including time-management, resume building, and customer…

Meet the students of Germaine’s Kitchen and Café, Workforce Development Culinary Training Program

Posted By | Raeann Boero, Communications Coordinator
Germaine’s Kitchen Café (GKC) is a workforce development culinary training program. GKC students learn essential skills that will put them 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…