Let KFG plan your Summer BBQ!

Want to throw a great Summer BBQ party for all of your friends? There is nothing more relaxing than hanging out by the pool or in the backyard in the warm California weather enjoying refreshing libations and sharing a great time. Not sure what type of cuisine to serve? We have your answer! Kitchens For Good can bring it all so that you can enjoy your friends, family and party that you are hosting! All types of comfort and BBQ food we are sure you will enjoy and… you don’t have to worry about the hassle of putting it all together. We will bring it, serve it, watch you and your guests enjoy it and clean it up!

 

Summer BBQ Tip - Leave the cooking to us!

Summer BBQ Tip – Leave the cooking to us!

Our First Catering Open House!

 

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Kitchens For Good hosted their very first Catering Open House! Since we are a fairly new Catering company, we wanted to host an event to spread the word about our amazing food, venue and mission. As soon as 5:00 pm hit, we had guests waiting to get checked in.

 
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We had three different display rooms. One of the rooms was a tropical/luau themed room, the other one was  a Kate Spade inspired Sweet 16/Quinceanera and last, but not least, the final room was a Shabby Chic Wedding Room.

In our Quinceanera room we had a wonderful venue that donated her time to become one of our preferred vendors!  Brilliant Treats would look lovely paired up with a Quinceanera  room.

 

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The Wedding Room was decorated with this beautiful LOVE marquee provided by SocialLights.
We also provided guests with a complimentary Mimosa station. Mimosa station are popular in bachelorette parties, bridal parties and birthday parties.

 

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We had a mixture of stations as well as tray passing. We tray passed chicken satay skewered with dipping sauce as well as ceviche spoons. Our stations included a mac and cheese station accompanied by various delicious toppings. Below is a picture of one of our students serving our pulled pork sliders.
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Planning  an Open House is not easy. From ordering linen, to picking out the food.A very special thank you to our sponsors and future preferred vendors. Kitchens For Good is very excited to build long lasting relationships. As you can see, Kitchens For Good is very versatile. We can help plan weddings, company parties, holiday parties, birthdays and anything in between. To request more information or book your catered event go to: http://events.kitchensforgood.org/contact/

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Tiffany A.
Blog Contributor
Author of Adventures of Tiff and Ollie

Tips on Planning the Perfect Quinceañera!

 

Planning such a special event such as a Quinceañera can be exiting, fun and also overwhelming as there are many things to plan ahead of time. Why do it all yourself when you can hire an event planner to help you with the details? However you decide to plan your memorable day, Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events has put together these helpful tips to keep in mind to plan your perfect celebration!

Find the Perfect Event Space!

At Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events our fully staffed kitchen and event spaces are housed in The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. We have three large event spaces on site with a banquet facility and a dance floor and also offer outdoor venues. If you’d rather hold your event at a specific location, whether it’s at your house, church, or even a park, we offer off-site catering as well.

Hire the Right Caterer!

We are dedicated in helping you plan the perfect menu for your Quinceañera. We use only the freshest ingredients, which are locally sourced that add full flavor and variety to any desired menu that is sure to satisfy everyone’s tastes! Always keep in mind that some of your guests may be vegetarian, have food allergies or are diabetic. If that’s the case, please let us know as we are happy to accommodate.

Select Your Decorations and Music!

You want to impress your guests and have a good time. Have you thought about your decorations? What about the style of music? Would you rather have a live band or a DJ? Do you have any unique touches you’d like to add? Hint: Don’t forget to consider the color of your dresses and outfits when selecting your decorations.

Find a Reliable Photographer for Your Quinceañera!

Capturing those special moments that you never want to forget is priceless! If you are on a tight budget, consider asking a family member or friend to take pictures for you. A fun idea is to have a photo booth in place so your guests can take snapshots! If you hire a professional photographer, let them know what you are looking for and be sure to have a contract in place.

And Finally…

Of course you can do all of this planning and preparing yourself, or you can let one of our trained event staff assist you. We can also connect you with the finest vendors in town. Contact us today for any questions you may have.

Congratulations on your Quinceañera!

Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events is the exclusive caterer for the Jacobs Meetings and Events (JME) located in San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods. Providing easy highway access and 400 free parking spaces, Jacobs Center is the perfect location for meetings, workshops, celebrations and grand galas. Kitchens for Good’s on-site planning and business services provide you with all that you need to custom plan, manage, and cater a seamless event.

Every event you book with Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events supports culinary job training for the unemployed and healthy meals for those in need.

PROJECT LAUNCH – What’s New In The Diamond

PROJECT LAUNCH: A RECIPE FOR OVERCOMING LIFE’S BARRIERS THROUGH WORKFORCE TRAINING

Photo Jan 28, 1 24 56 PMLast month, we introduced you to Project Launch, the culinary and hospitality workforce-training program offered by the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s onsite catering and events partner Kitchens for Good. Project Launch is a 13-week hands-on training program for adults who have experienced barriers to employment, including incarceration, domestic violence, substance abuse, homelessness, and aging out of the foster care system.

This month, meet two of the program’s inspiring students. Learn how they discovered their passion for cooking, how Project Launch is changing their lives, and what they hope to accomplish after they complete their training.

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Ja’mount Bradley

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Ja’mount Bradley

Ja’mount Bradley, 24, grew up in the Skyline neighborhood of Southeastern San Diego and still has close ties to the area through his grandmother. He was introduced to Project Launch by a case manager at Just in Time, a nonprofit dedicated to helping youth transitioning out of the foster care system achieve self-sufficiency and well-being.

Ja’mount has always been interested in food and cooking, which came naturally to him growing up. However, he struggled to find a job due to his criminal record. It was during his time in prison that he honed his interest in cooking into a passion and potential career path. Toward the beginning of his sentence, he hated the food served in prison and rarely ate. His cellmate then showed him how to make better tasting meals using basic ingredients that could be bought at the prison commissary, such as chips and noodles. Ja’mount’s cooking quickly caught on with the other inmates, and they praised his creative concoctions that included tamales made from Doritos corn chips and cakes made out of practically every sweet available for purchase.

Upon his release, he landed an internship at Cici’s Pizza. Within the first month, he was promoted from prep cook to lead cook, which boosted his confidence and desire to continue his culinary training. When his case manager at Just in Time asked if he would be interested in Project Launch, he jumped at the opportunity.

Today his dream is to open a hole-in-the-wall restaurant called Spreads, inspired by his creative cooking in prison. In addition to serving up delicious tasting “spreads,” his restaurant would only hire former felons. Having struggled himself to find a good job with a criminal record, Ja’mount hopes his restaurant can be a place that serves great food and one where the formerly incarcerated can find gainful employment. Until he can open his dream restaurant, Ja’mount is putting the skills he learned at Project Launch into practice at Bracero Cocina de Raíz. He was recently hired by the Little Italy restaurant which was rated one of the to 25 restaurants in America by the 2016 James Beard Awards.

Oliva Marquez

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Oliva Marquez

Oliva Marquez, 52, has been waiting for something like Project Launch her whole life. She used to play “cooking” when she was growing up but says now “it’s real.” Project Launch is also putting her on the path to a new career in San Diego’s booming culinary and hospitality industry. She was connected to the program through her case manager at the YMCA, a nonprofit that offers transitional housing for homeless women.

Oliva has struggled to find a job due to her lack of experience. She spent 19 years raising her daughter full-time, which left her unprepared to enter the workforce once her daughter was grown and had moved out. Project Launch has boosted Oliva’s confidence and expanded her cooking repertoire to include new delicious meals, such as rosemary chicken and vegetarian entrees. Additionally, the soft skills training included in the program has better prepared her to compete for in-demand jobs. Her mock interviews with Project Launch’s career coach, Katrina Meredith, have made her more relaxed and secure about what used to be a nerve-racking experience.

Like Ja’mount, Oliva’s dream is to one day use the training she received from Project Launch to open a restaurant. She is thinking Mexican cuisine but is open to serving different types of dishes inspired by the delicious and nutritious meals she learned how to make during the program.

While her dream restaurant is a goal for the future, today she prepares the meals she learned at Project Launch for her family and is receiving rave reviews.

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After completion of Project Launch, Ja’mount, Olivia, and the rest of the students will receive an industry certificate as well as job-placement assistance from Kitchens for Good for up to one year.

The first session of Project Launch will culminate with a graduation ceremony in April. The next session, with a new set of inspiring students, will begin on April 20.

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Written by Liz Farris, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
posted March 29, 2016
http://whatsnewinthediamond.com/2016/03/29/project-launch-a-recipe-for-overcoming-lifes-barriers-through-workforce-training/

November Plays

November 18th kicked off an theatrical weekend here at Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events as we had the honor of setting up for two fabulous plays: Much Ado About Nothing, written by William Shakespeare and directed by Rob Melrose, Artistic Director of San Francisco’s Cutting Ball Theater; and Gill Sotu’s world premiere of H.E.R.O.E.S. These two theatre performances were held in Celebration Hall, a versatile banquet facility with a stage, theatre lighting and sound, and capacity to seat 1000 guests. These events brought a wide cross-section of the local community to enjoy theatre in the heart of South-East San Diego.

Gill Sotu is a Jacobs Center artist-in-residence and award-winning poet. Set in the near future, H.E.R.O.E.S. tells the story of a desperate father doing the unthinkable in order to provide better opportunities for his children.

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Much Ado About Nothing is an Old Globe Theater production that is a part of their Globe for All tour. “Globe for All returns to bring free professional Shakespeare directly to diverse, multigenerational audiences in underserved communities around San Diego County.”

 

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Both performances were hosted by Jacob’s Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego, California as a part of their Jacobs Presents community endeavor. “From cultural performances and celebrations to hit jazz artists and renowned performing arts organizations, Jacobs Presents has something for everyone! Bring the family for fun free events or enjoy a special date night with dinner and drinks at one of our dynamic concerts.”

We were very pleased with both of the evenings turn out and performances! It was a pleasure to be able to partner with the Old Globe Theater, Gill Sotu and the Jacob’s Center in presenting these creative and talented productions for all to enjoy!

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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