Bryanna Eartman, graduate of Class 2 has a redesigned her life through kitchens and cooking. Here she tells her story:
“I have struggled with addiction for most of my life. My story was a revolving door of jails, institutions, and the streets from an early age. While at a re-entry treatment center after prison I learned about Kitchens for Good. I jumped at the opportunity to further my skills in the culinary industry. Kitchens for Good taught me so much in the kitchen and drastically improved my culinary knowledge and skills. I took the most from the workforce readiness classes. Having never had a job before, it was so helpful to learn about how to get the job and keep it.
Within a week of graduating Kitchens for Good, I landed my first job at Bunz Gourmet Burgers & Shakes. I currently work for Jeff Rossman, a Chef nominated for San Diego’s 2016 Chef of the year. He has become one of my biggest supporters and mentors.
In the last year I have earned 2 promotions and raises. I am now the full- time lead/supervisor line cook for the night shift. I owe it all to Kitchens for Good.
They helped me take my self defeating thoughts of “you are a felon and no one will hire you” and replace them with “you are worthy of a career”. On my graduation day, my quote said “Redesigning my life through Kitchens for Good. Trading in addiction and jails, for passion and success. Never give up!!”. While this still holds true, my new message is, “Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, anything is possible”.
Shaun Flak is a veteran of the war in Iraq. After returning from war, Shaun struggled to adjust back to civilian life, suffering from PTSD and depression and eventually homeless. With some experience working as a waiter and bartender in his career, he knew he had a passion to be in the kitchen, and wanted to not only get a job, but make this his career. Shaun was one of the strongest students in the class, always volunteering to stay late or come in early to help out. He greatly appreciated the workforce readiness classes, as he had been a long time out of work. He showed clear leadership qualities and great attitude. Upon graduation, Shaun had three job offers at various kitchens, and after some deliberation, he chose to work at Scripps Hospital making $13.50 an hour. Just two months after graduating, Shaun has been promoted to Supervisor, making $24 an hour with full benefits. Shaun remains involved in Kitchens for Good as the chair of the Giving Back Committee of the Alumni Program.
Everything from Kitchens for Good was spectacular. Everyone raved about the food and your on-site staff was totally on-point (presentation was gorgeous as well!) There will be some very happy yelp/knot/wedding wire/etc reviews headed your way. Anything I can do to help promote and generate business for you guys, I’m happy to do.
— Offsite Catering Event
Thank you for a wonderful event. The service and staff were great.
Just wanted to thank everyone for all your hard work and dedication in creating a great 1st Noche de Ciencias at the Jacobs Center. The hands on activities were exciting/interesting/fun, the keynote speaker inspirational, parent workshop enlightening/educational, panel informative and as promised by the Jacobs Center. The food was amazing! It was amazing seeing so many students having fun and parents engaging in their child’s education! I’ll be sending out a meeting invite to celebrate our success and talk about lessons learned. Please bring receipts if you have items to be reimbursed. We have to make sure to turn in our report within two weeks to SHPE.
— Noche De Ciencias
A big thank you to you and your team for a great job this morning. Sorry we started late and we appreciate your patience! It turned out to be a great event.
— Frank, Rise San Diego
Thank you for making my birthday celebration a most memorable and special event. I loved all the personal and detailed service I was given. The food was delicious. Cooked and presented with perfection. My compliments to the chef, servers, and everyone involved. My guests complimented all the extra special treatment they received. Everything was done in a professional manner. I look forward to my next event.
— Tina Bernal, 75th Birthday Party
It is my pleasure to acknowledge and extend appreciation to the staff involved in mounting yesterday’s Women in Mariachi event. An estimated 700 people crowded the amphitheater to witness outstanding performances, including headline Mariachi Renya De Los Angeles. The program, branded under Jacobs Presents, was well produced and a tremendous success! In all, it demonstrated excellent coordination of our arts programming work involving the civic engagement, community affairs, marketing, events, and facilities teams. It was wonderful to see.
— Reginald, Mariachi Festival
I want to thank you and your team for a job well done. I was very happy with the outcome and the service was excellent.
— Ruby Ramirez, Quinceañera
We had the pleasure of hosting a graduation party at your facility for our son. Prior to the event, we engaged in the planning process and I am happy to say that it was a very positive experience. Our Event Coordinator was simply outstanding. He worked with us every step of the way and as an added value, he accommodated all of our “alternative universe” suggestions with comportment, patience, and most of all, understanding. He sensed that this event was extremely special for us and knew it was absolutely critical that the event went off without a hitch. The celebration was outstanding. The delivery of services was seamless and the food was great. The servers were responsive, and the decorum was tremendous. All those present were impressed. Please know that if we have other social events in the future, your facility will be first on our list.
– Ronnie L. Miller