Description of Organization
The Mandala Café is committed to providing access, dignity and mutuality around issues of food and employment. The Mandala Kitchens Culinary Training Program offers free or low-cost 12-week Culinary Training programs to anyone wishing to develop food service skills in order to get a job in a commercial setting/kitchen. The Program explores the practical and theoretical aspects of culinary arts, with an emphasis on the practical so that individuals will be in a better position to get a job. This includes ingredients, techniques, equipment, portion control, weights and measures, and production procedures. Some of the administrative aspects of food service are also addressed: invoices/inventory, basic math, and food costs. The Program incorporates a mix of classroom, kitchen work, field trips, study, and practice.
In 2014, Mandala Café collaborated with Stone Soup Café and Unity Tables for a $17,500 Collaboration Grant.