16th Annual STAR/PAL Celebrity Waiter Luncheon

 

What a great last couple of weeks here at Kitchens For Good!  With several new and talented staff members, the Catering and Events department is in full force and going strong.  Last week we catered one of our favorite events of the year: Star/Pal, a 560 gourmet luncheon!

The event was a fundraiser organized by and benefitting Star/Pal, an amazing organization that empowers underserved youth to build a safer and more prosperous neighborhood by engaging with law enforcement and collaborative partners.  Kitchens for Good served over 560 meals for their annual event. While the menu and food was delicious, poached pear gorgonzola and candied walnut salad, with rice pilaf and lemon herb chicken, the most notable part was the service. We partnered with Star/Pal to facilitate a celebrity waiter operation, in which local San Diego celebrities, including Professional Athletes, Firefighters, Elected Officials and Newscasters served guests their food, in exchange for a donation. With stars like San Diego Charger tight-end Jeff Cumberland, NBA all-star Bill Walton, and City Council Member Myrtle Cole, guests really felt like they were getting the 5-star treatment.

 

 


We were complimented on our food service, quality and consistency over and over. It is a great feeling when you strive to do your best to make your clients happy and the result is so positive. We were very honored to be able to work with such an amazing organization and to help them make it a successful event!

KFG’s sales staff is continuing to grow our catering business through referrals and networking with clients such as Star/Pal.  We feel the best way to continue to grow our catering and events division is to continue to provide superior service and outstanding food to our clients. Strong relationships and a great reputation go hand in hand!

 

 

Being able to give back to our clients is what we are all about. Great feedback, happy faces and satisfied clients, with of course full bellies, is what makes it all worth while.

 

 

 

Kitchens for Good at the San Diego Wedding Expo


On Valentine’s Day, Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events had a blast showcasing our first-class catering and event services at the San Diego Wedding Expo at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort. The expo provided a day where brides and grooms-to-be browsed for ideas and looked to meet talented experts in an intimate and non-rushed environment to make their wedding dreams come true.

Offering a full tasting to couples in a pop-up style restaurant at our booth, our guests made reservations and treated to an exclusive and personalized dining experience with our catering staff.  As guests tasted our delicious appetizer and entree options, our catering staff discussed with them their particular wedding style – be it plated, buffet, action stations, or family style.

We showcased our decadent cheese, meats, and fruit buffet, as well as offered private tastings upon reservation. We served tastings of three of our most popular wedding dishes: Beef Short Rib with Red Wine Demi Glaze, Chicken Confit with Rosemary Demi Glaze, and a Spinach Portobello Sun-dried Tomato Cannelloni.

       

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Our guests enjoyed the taste of delicious food samples and we enthralled them by our immaculate presentation, delicious food, and affordable pricing. As we like to say, “Giving back has never tasted so good!”

 

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Creating beautiful and elegant food has always been our passion. From this same passion comes the joy of creating events that match in quality. From small to large celebrations, our chef’s and staff will create the perfect environment for your guests. Your guests will not only be engulfed in the beauty of our food and decoration but will also be happy to know your decisions have gone to support a good cause.

If you are a bride-to-be in need of a caterer, please contact us today for a tasting!

 

The Kitchens for Good Team

 

Written By Jessica Dearborn

New Day New Way Soirée

New Day New Way Soirée

On January 15, 2016, Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events, in collaboration with the City of Encinitas, was proud to sponsor the New Day New Way Soirée at the Encinitas Community Center. This free event was to promote the new healthy meals that Kitchens for Good is providing daily for seniors in the Encinitas community.

Five hundred guests including Lisa Schaefer with the Encinitas City Council and Supervisor Dave Roberts were all served tasty bites prepared by our chefs in our in-house kitchen located in The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. We highlighted local farmers, including Coastal Roots Farm and the Farm Lab, which provided fresh produce for our appetizers. We featured some delicious dishes that exemplify the gourmet and tasty meals that we provide in our daily lunches.  The menu included various food stations that comprised of a shredded baby lettuce and kale salad with carrot, cucumber, radish, tomato; a composed salmon dish with citrus glazed salmon atop of sautéed Swiss chard with herbed brown rice and quinoa; a stir-fry station with chicken, tofu, and assorted veggies.

Lining up for our chef’s creations!

 

Jennifer Gilmore, Supervisor Dave Roberts, Aviva Paley

 

Local band, Bull Twist provided live music while everyone chatted, danced, and enjoyed our delicious farm-to-table food.

 

We gave away customized raffle prizes that included picnic baskets for those who love to hike or spend the afternoon at their favorite beach.

 

Through this event, we debuted our new service we are providing at the Encinitas Community Center that is becoming a model for healthy meal services in the region.  Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events delivers exceptional meal services that prioritize client choice, nutritious food, and local produce.  Meals are made from scratch daily, with menus carefully reviewed to ensure optimal nutrition for the older adult population. Please join us every Monday through Friday at the City of Encinitas Community and Senior Center to enjoy fresh, tasty food that is served at 11:45 am. Make your reservation by calling 760-943-2258.

We hope to see you there!

Written by Jessica Dearborn

Harvesting Community Relationships

 

Fresh Produce Provided by Coastal Roots Farm

Fresh Produce Provided by Coastal Roots Farm

On Friday, October 23, 2015, Kitchens for Good Catering and Events, a full event and catering service company in San Diego, Ca, were proud to cater the third annual Let’s Go Local! Produce Workshop. The event was organized by Community Health Improve Partners (CHIP) and hosted at the Leichtag Foundation Ranch located in Encinitas, CA.

The Produce Workshop serves as a way for vendors, growers and produce distributors to feature their products and services to businesses, community members, local government and other entities. This event provides a unique setting to connect with and create business relationships, offer sources for healthier, local produce, build community and to explore new partnerships.

“Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) works throughout San Diego County to advance solutions to priority health needs through collaboration and community engagement. CHIP works to create a healthy, sustainable, and just food system because it is now clear that the health of the food system is inextricably tied to the health of people, our local economy, and the environment.”

The farm provided the backdrop as an inspiring environment that set the mood. By utilizing the already beautiful surroundings, it was transformed into a charming event space. There’s something to be said about creating an outdoor event that allows for community relationships to grow and enriching ideas shared.

Puff Pastries with Garlic Crème Fraiche and Local Cherry Tomatoes

Puff Pastries with Garlic Crème Fraiche and Local Cherry Tomatoes

To highlight the event’s mission, Kitchens for Good Catering and Events was provided with fresh produce (tomatoes, zucchini, chard and herbs) from Coastal Roots Farm, the community farm located on site at the Leichtag Foundation Ranch. The tables were set with a menu that complimented the day’s agenda—Crostini with Tomato Fennel Jam, Mint Pea Soup Shooters, Puff Pastries with Garlic Crème Fraiche and local cherry tomatoes.

Aviva Paley, Director of Programs for Kitchens for Good Catering and Events said, “We were pleased to be a part of this event as it is core to our mission to support the local farming community by buying local. Hopefully many of the connections KFG made with farmers at the event will lead to an ongoing buyer relationship for our kitchen endeavors.”

The Kitchens for Good offices, internal event spaces and kitchen are located in the Jacob’s Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego, Ca. We only serve locally sourced, fresh ingredients and offer high-quality meal options that bring catering to a whole new plateau. We infuse our passion for cooking with healthy, farm-to-table produce and enjoy catering events like this because it allows us to demonstrate our seasonal menus while supporting a cause we love.

Kitchens for Good Catering and Events is the social enterprise arm of Kitchens for Good, a non-profit whose mission is to “break the cycles of food waste, poverty and hunger through innovative programs in workforce training, healthy food production and social enterprise.”

San Diego Workforce Conference

 

CREATING COHESIVE PARTNERSHIPS

On November 5th the team at Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events had the pleasure of hosting the San Diego Workforce Conference – Identifying, Tackling and Closing the Skills Gap, presented by the San Diego Workforce Partnership. This full day conference and sit down luncheon took place at the Jacob’s Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego, California, in Celebration Hall, our banquet hall offering 6 break-out rooms, soaring ceilings, and full AV capabilities.

With breaking the cycle of unemployment and poverty so core to our mission at Kitchens for Good, we were thrilled to be part of such an important event. Five-hundred people gathered to participate in a discussion on an in depth look at newly released labor market information and regional workforce development initiatives underway across San Diego County, a topic that was especially beneficial for finding partners and forming strategic alliances.

The panel’s moderator was Tina Ngo Bartel, Director of Business Programs and Research at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. The topics discussed were: Identifying the Skills Gap, Tackling the Skills Gap and Closing the Skills Gap.

While attendees were enjoying lunch that was prepared by our skilled chefs in our in-house kitchen, the Honorable Kevin Faulconer, Mayor, City of San Diego “Welcomed the attendees and shared the City of San Diego’s support and commitment to connecting job seekers to our regional innovation economy. He also talked about his support of efforts to lower the youth unemployment rate. Mayor Faulconer is a strong supporter of CONNECT2Careers, our youth employment program. He spoke of his first job as a paper boy and how first jobs make a difference in career paths and work-readiness skills that can last a lifetime.” Heather Milne Barger, Vice President of Communications at San Diego Workforce Partnership said.

Aviva Paley, Director of Programs of Kitchens for Good, was one of the few selected to give a Lightning Talk to share with the crowd about its new Culinary Job Training Program and its plans to close the skills gap in this field. In four short minutes Aviva excited the audience about the possibility of kitchens to transform people’s lives and careers.

Aviva Paley, Director of Programs

 

The event’s menu far surpassed the attendees expectations which included some of our specialty foods: house rolls; grilled Mediterranean vegetables; a mixed-green salad with poached pear, gorgonzola cheese, candied walnuts and white balsamic vinaigrette; Origins Hummus with grilled pita bread; herb roasted potatoes; with lemon-herb chicken and Mediterranean beef tips, both served with grilled onion and peppers.

 

 

This event exemplifies the great use of this space for conferences and large meetings—with room to seat 500 people at round tables, state of the art audio visual, and gourmet event food that one participant tweeted as “The best event food I ever had!”

Tina Ngo Bartel said “The staff at Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events is easy to work with, very accommodating. Attendees gave raving reviews of the food. Everybody thought it was the best food at one of our conferences.” She also commented that “The food is affordable and helps a good cause.”

Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events is a full service catering and event company with our offices, internal event spaces and kitchen located in the Jacob’s Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego, CA. We serve locally sourced, fresh ingredients and offer high-quality meal options that bring catering to a whole new plateau. We infuse our passion for cooking with healthy, farm-to-table produce and enjoy catering events like this because it allows us to demonstrate our seasonal menus while supporting a cause we love.

Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events is the social enterprise arm of Kitchens for Good, a non-profit whose mission is to “break the cycles of food waste, poverty and hunger through innovative programs in workforce training, healthy food production and social enterprise.”

Written by Jessica Dearborn

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