History


 Founding Executive Chef and Director Linda Vogler

Founding Executive Chef and Director Linda Vogler

A new state of the art commercial kitchen was idle after 1 p.m. each day. Thousands of pounds of fresh produce were going to waste. Homeless shelters and soup kitchens needed to cook nutritious meals for residents. Individuals needed training for good jobs.

Bonnie West at Community Food Rescue had lots of food coming in. Tia McCutcheon at Friendship Trays had a big commercial kitchen that was idle in the afternoons. A big “what if” led to the creation of the Charlotte Community Kitchen, which later took the name Community Culinary School of Charlotte.

Founded in 1997, the School has grown from Class 1, with two students in a one-room section of unfinished warehouse bay, to Class 50 that inaugurated a new teaching space on Monroe Road. With the graduation of class 54 in  August 2016, 846 at-risk adults had completed the program.

 

 

 

 

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Class 56 baking cookies for an Encore Catering order. Stop by to check out cookies, muffins and other tasty delights in our bakery case! Also visit www.CommunityCulinary.org for our full Café menu. ... See MoreSee Less

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CCSC was the featured non profit in Charlotte Knights' Community Corner last night at BB&T Stadium. Chef Ron and Homer were gettin' the word out about our Workforce Development program! visit www.communityculinary.org for more info. ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago  ·  

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In their last week of training, Class 56 students are being timed tested: baking turnovers and preparing soup stock for catering. Please visit our Café from 8 am – 2 pm to enjoy a tasty meal! Visit www.CommunityCulinary.org for our full menu. ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago  ·  

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Class 56 students study for their ServSafe Certification with Chef Ron. They will sit for their exam this Friday – we wish all Great Results!
Please stop by to enjoy a meal at our Café. Check out our menu at www.CommunityCulinary.org.
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5 days ago  ·  

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Mona, of Class 56, is prepping vegetables for today’s Café offerings. Stop in to enjoy our Specials: Chicken Gyro – Grilled Chicken with Cucumber, Tomatoes, Onion, Lettuce and Tzatziki sauce, or Hand Cut Pappardelle with Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Grape Tomatoes, Sweet Peas and Parmesan! See full menu at www.CommunityCulinary.org. ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago  ·  

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CCSC wants to thank Matthews Women's Club for their support of our Workforce Development Training Program. We were honored to be included in their grant ceremony, meet Matthews' Mayor Jim Taylor and the other grant recipients.
We hope to see all of you soon at CCSC's Cafe for breakfast or lunch!
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1 week ago  ·  

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CCSC wants to thank Matthews Women's Club for their support of our Workforce Development Training Program. We were honored to be included in their grant ceremony last night, meet Matthews' Mayor Jim Taylor and the other grant recipients below.
We hope to see all of you soon at CCSC's Cafe for breakfast or lunch! visit www.communityculinary.org for full menu
Matthews Fire & EMS, Matthews Free Medical Clinic
Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts, Matthews HELP Center, COS Kids, Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Foundation for Girls, Matthews Police Department, Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care, Matthews Historical Foundation, Historic Downtown Matthews
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Class 56 students prepare pinwheels and quiche for Encore Catering and our Café. Call Elise at 704-790-8646 for your next catering event, or stop by our Café for a tasty meal! www.CommunityCulinary.org ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

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Class 56 students are baking sweet Hawaiian Bread! Order yours through Encore Catering at 704-790-8646 or visit their website for more tasty ideas: www.EncoreCatering.org. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

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