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Coaching & Evaluation Skills for Culinary Instructors & Student Trainers

Staff that train students in the kitchen are much more than instructors: they take on case management, life skills coaching, and mentorship responsibilities as well. 

How to Grow Strong Partnerships for Your Program’s Success

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March 26, 2019

Invest in your community and watch your program thrive; neglect your community’s needs and watch your program struggle. Invest time and resources in these four major partnerships for your program's growth and longevity.

Find the Profit in Nonprofit Social Enterprise

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March 18, 2019

Foodservice has razor thin margins; add a training program and those margins become even thinner. We talk about the importance of understanding true costs and allocating training expenses to accurately calculate profits.

Beyond the Kitchen: Coaching & Evaluation Skills for Front Line Staff

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March 14, 2019

Culinary training positions within our training model are not for the faint of heart. On the surface it is a straightforward role: your goal is to prepare culinary students for the kitchen - how to hold a knife, work on a line, and filet a fish. However, this role takes on an entirely new face when your student population is learning how to thrive in a workplace and push past their personal barriers during the program.

Four Top Strategies for Financial Sustainability for Catalyst Kitchens

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March 6, 2019

It goes without saying that financial sustainability is critical to the success of social enterprise job training programs. Since our model is a complex hybrid between private enterprise and public nonprofit funding, it is important to know where one ends and the other begins. What steps can you take to ensure your food service business and job training program are sustainable and thriving?

“Madd Love” Found in Massachusetts

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February 28, 2019

We were surrounded by “madd love” at the last Catalyst Kitchens Regional Summit. Our first regional convening of this kind in the Northeast, the Summit brought together 15 organizations from 5 states for two days of conversation and connection at UTEC in Lowell, MA.

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