Catalyst Kitchens Blog

Champions for Youth
Shining a Light on Catalyst Kitchens Youth Programming

Early employment experiences give youth exposure to the workplace and can set them on a path towards a living wage career. We are hosting a Youth and Young Adult Training Workshop in May designed for youth programs to pave the to success.

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

March 14, 2019

The chef trainer position within our training model is 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

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

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.

Looking Forward to 2019 with Catalyst Kitchens

February 5, 2019

A Letter from the Director, Renee Martin

"As we begin this year, I want to share a bit about what we learned in 2018 and provide you with an overview of what we have planned for the year ahead.


“Empowering People. Feeding the Hungry.”

December 5, 2018

The Maryland Food Bank is a major force throughout Maryland and distributes enough food to provide more than 37 MILLION meals throughout the state annually. In 2010, they decided they wanted to do even more and started FoodWorks, a 12 week culinary training program with job readiness and placement support. They have prepared 200+ graduates for culinary employment since the program’s inception.