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.