Foodservice Job Training Programs 101

An introductory workshop for a behind the scenes look at what makes this program model successful.

Foodservice job training social enterprises come in many shapes and sizes.  What does success look like? How do established programs operate sustainably and serve their community through foodservice job training? 


This two-day workshop will inspire participants to explore how the world of foodservice job training social enterprise can make transformational change in their local communities. Walk away with the framework you need to champion this program model or grow your program’s social impact.  

This workshop will provide:

Idea validation to present to your stakeholders 

Get the information you need to envision what a job training program could look like in your community. From operations to social services, fundraising and program structure, we’ll give you a high-level overview to learn about what this training model requires to be successful. Leave with the tools and talking points you need to share the Catalyst Kitchens approach with your stakeholders. 

Insights into your program design  

Foodservice job training social enterprises come in many shapes and sizes. Would a catering program serving the formerly incarcerated be best for your nonprofit, or a contract meals operation for working mothers? We’ll review many different styles of this program model and what tools are needed to make yours a success. 

A review of different foodservice business models & how to incorporate job training 

Learn what kind of business could suit your organization’s structure and needs. For many nonprofits looking to start a job training program, operating businesses is a new concept and can be a scary endeavor without strong business backgrounds on the team. We will discuss the pros & cons of each business line in relation to this training model, including contract meals, catering, restaurant, and a café. 

Strategies on how to build your team’s capacity 

Discover your team’s capacity to grow and sustain a job training model by discussing the logistics of daily operations and optimal staffing models. It is important to find a healthy balance between business operational goals and the needs of students.

The financial model: balance nonprofit and business demands 

This training model is funded through a combination of business revenue and nonprofit fundraising. We will review the financial model and the importance of the double bottom line. Hint: your business does not have to be completely self-funded! Our Catalyst Kitchens team will give you the whole story. 

An overview of wraparound services needed for student success

Wraparound services are vital to a student’s success and include housing, transportation, healthcare, case management, recovery support, and more. This workshop will outline what wraparound services are required and provide strategies to incorporate these services into your program, whether your organization offers them internally or through external partnerships. 


Frequently Asked Questions:

Who should attend? 

Our Foodservice Job Training Programs 101 Workshop provides a great introductory training opportunity for board members, executives, and management new to the foodservice social enterprise model through exposure to a model organization. Each workshop is designed as an up-close learning experience with a host organization providing participants a behind-the-scenes look inside an established program model to understand what makes it successful.   


What is the cost?

Workshop admission per attendee is $500 for Catalyst Kitchens members, $625 for corporate partners, and $750 for non-members. Email us at for a members or corporate partner discount code. 


How do I get tickets? 

Keep an eye on our events calendar for upcoming Foodservice Job Training Programs 101 Workshops. 


Background of this workshop:

This offering was originally designed as part of our consulting service offerings for organizations preparing to launch a job training program. When in the process of launching (or restructuring) a program using this model, it is extremely helpful to visit with organizations that have been successful is running foodservice job training programs. For this reason, we decided to roll out this two-day workshop as an independent product. This workshop is designed to suit many organization types and provides a high-level overview of the job training model embedded in social enterprise business lines. While traditionally offered at FareStart in Seattle, Catalyst Kitchens intends to offer this workshop in various locations to showcase different program structures, business types, and populations served. 




Quotes from Previous Workshops

"This was worth the trip, we now understand what we can move towards this training model."

"All presenters were good and shared valuable information." 

"This made this difference in deciding to join (CK) and articulate how we fit into the network."