Merici Kitchen Project – Kitchen Skills Classes

MERICI KITCHEN PROJECT –  October, November and December,  2019

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The Merici Kitchen Project provides a sequential series of training classes in a commercial grade kitchen which will help individuals not only foster independence but to also add the skills necessary for job placement in the food service industry at a level which has previously been unavailable to our client base.  Individuals who wish to acquire/improve skills for home application may also participate.   

 Classes include training in safe food handling procedures, knife skills, kitchen equipment use and safety, food storage procedures, prevention of contamination and cross-contamination, proper waste disposal and recycling, kitchen sanitation, accident prevention, emergency procedures, food preparation and work-related personal hygiene/health practices. 

“Soft skills” specific to the work environment such as social skills, self-awareness and self-management, clear communication, problem solving, critical thinking, job expectations, and understanding the importance of a positive work attitude, being on time and workplace ethics are addressed as well.    

At the conclusion of each class series, participants will receive a certificate of completion and performance summary.  

Information regarding class descriptions, session datescost, location, and registration can be found in the following links:

Kitchen Classes Registration Classes October and November 2019

  VOM Merici Kitchen Class Waiver

Scholarship application

 For more information please contact Jill Wood, Merici Kitchen Project Manager  at jillwood@villageofmerici.org  or  317 919-3361  or Chelsea Deel Kitchen Classes Trainer  at chelseadeel@villageofmerici.org   

All participants must complete the Kitchen Class Registration and Waiver Application. Click here for a copy. and bring to the first class session.  VOM Merici Kitchen Class Registration and Waiver

Participants are welcome to have their service provider attend for support as needed. No cost for coaches or DSPs.

All classes include focus on proper sanitation and food handling

Class 1 – Kitchen Basics – 5 sessions – Mondays October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11   2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Cost $50.00.  In this course, participants will learn to properly use common knives and create essential knife cuts on readily available produce.  Participants will also prepare two simple dinner recipes utilizing these skills. 

Class 2 – Kitchen Basics – 5 sessions – Tuesdays October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12   2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Cost $50.00.  In this course, participants will learn to properly use common knives and create essential knife cuts on readily available produce.  Participants will also prepare two simple dinner recipes utilizing these skills. 

Class 3 – Thanksgiving Treats – 1 session – Saturday 11/23  10:00 am – 2:00 pm  Cost $50.00.  In this class, participants will prepare apple bars, pumpkin pie truffles, and turkey-shaped cookies.  Embedded skills include measuring, mixing, following a recipe, monitoring baking and cooking times, using cookie cutter, and cutting bars.  Baked goods will be packaged in decorative containers.

Class 4 – Holiday Treats – 1 session – Saturday 12/21  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.    Cost $50.00.  In this class, participants will prepare two varieties of holiday cookies and decorate pre-baked sugar cookies. Embedded skills include measuring, mixing, following a recipe, following package instructions, decorating techniques, and monitoring baking and cooking times. Baked goods will be packaged in decorative containers.

Click here to register