Building Pathways for Success
El Nido has built a learning kitchen to provide pathways to success for the next generation! We’re no longer a culinary class without a kitchen. After months and months of planning, fundraising, heaps of red-tape, and hurdles, we are now a culinary class with an AMAZING state-of-the-art kitchen. We’ve come a long way from the days of using a small portable stove!
At our recent Garden Gala, we celebrated the completion of our Teaching Kitchen. Please enjoy this Behind the Scenes video, showcasing the newly completed kitchen, culinary academy, and Gala honorees, the Kaplan family, and Eddie Navarrette with FE Design and Consulting.
Culinary Job Training
Our culinary job training kitchen will be a crucial source of support for Pacoima, a Los Angeles community in great need. Budding chefs will learn healthy nutrition and how to prepare fresh, wholesome foods on a budget. El Nido’s “Garden to Table” Culinary Arts classes emphasize health focus and horticulture skills, and trains clients in the culinary and business aspects of restaurant management. Classes will offer certifications for employment while students master culinary arts, kitchen hygiene and food safety.
Teaching the Youth Life Skills
Our Business Academy students will use the kitchen to teach youth skills in finance, marketing, product development, nutrition, and entrepreneurship, and learn business concepts through planning the launch and operation of a future community café that will serve as a job training program for youth and young adults.
New stove, appliances and tile floor in our nearly complete Culinary Skills Training Kitchen!
Thank You to Our Donors
You were instrumental in stocking the kitchen and getting classes started! We are honored to recognize your contribution, and hope you enjoy this glimpse into how the training kitchen is already changing lives. The following generous donors helped make this vision a reality:
Major Gifts Provided By:
The Ahmanson Foundation
Dr. Edward Dreyfus & Barbara Dreyfus
Tom and Emily Kaplan
Max Factor Family Foundation
Michael J. Connell Foundation
Eddie Navarrette and FE Design and Consulting
W.M. Keck Foundation
Additional Donations Graciously Provided By:
Susie and Stuart Berton
City of Beverly Hills
Meghan and Carter Calhoun
Timothy and Lidia Castle
Linda and John Coleman
Derrick S. Foy, Enterprise
Diana and Pirate Harris
Daniel Inman, Espresso Supply, Inc.
Mike Lanz, La Marzocco USA
Desmond Lim, Charlie’s Fixtures
City of Los Angeles
Charles Wyatt, The Dish Factory
Sandy and Ken Yamashiro
Please contact us at (818) 830-3646, or email [email protected]