May 26, 2020

Dear CCSC Family –

Thank you so much for your continued support – It means so much to so many.  Although Mecklenburg County has started phase two limited re-opening of restaurants, CCSC will continue doing take-out only at this time. We want to keep everyone as safe as possible, and we look forward for the time when we can all be together without fear or worry. CCSC is very grateful for our new and loyal supporters who have sent donations and ordered take-out over the past months. We could not keep our doors open without your help and support, and we are extremely thankful for our CCSC family. Stay safe and healthy – CCSC staff, students, alumni and Board.


CCSC’s Café is open for TAKEOUT ONLY, offering curbside service, from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday, at 9315-D Monroe Road, 28270. We want to serve you, so call us at 704-375-4500 to place your order.

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Fried Chicken Sammie – Buttermilk Fried Chicken Breast, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, on a House-Made Brioche Bun with Spicy Sriracha Mayo, served with House-made Fries

CCSC Workforce Development Training  – increasing upward mobility through stable employment

Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) is a non-profit organization that provides workforce training and job placement assistance in the food service industry for adults who face barriers to successful employment.

986 graduates since 1997

“Serving More Than An Appetite”



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Founded in 1997, Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) provides Workforce Development training and job placement assistance for adults who face barriers gaining and maintaining successful employment. Our training provides a solution to achieve social and economic objectives – breaking the cycle of poverty while increasing upward mobility of disadvantaged groups. We do more than hand someone a fish – we teach students how to clean, cook and sell fish!

CCSC’s holistic program addresses the whole person – mind and body. CCSC is the only workforce program in Mecklenburg County incorporating Culinary Arts, Job-Readiness skills, and Life Counseling into its curriculum. Having a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor on staff is a powerful tool that contributes to our recovering students’ successful transitions.

Encore Catering, a division of CCSC, and our Café serve dual purposes: to give training and experience to our students/alumni and to generate revenue for the School’s Workforce program. CCSC also offers Chef’s Table dining, Team Building activities and public cooking classes.

By graduation, CCSC’s objective is that students have living wage jobs with career potential, and that our training provided each student with the skills, tools, mind-set and opportunity to thrive.

CCSC has been providing Workforce Development Training for over 22 years, with 986 graduates to date! We hope you will stop by to meet our students, enjoy a meal in our Café, and see Workforce Development in action.

9315-D Monroe Road Charlotte, NC 28270

– Chef Ron Ahlert, Executive Director


Dear Community Culinary School of Charlotte Family –

We continue to closely monitor developments surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. As always, the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and those we serve is of the greatest importance to our organization.

On Monday, March 16, at the recommendation of the Health Department, we sent our students home until further notice. It’s our intention to provide support for our students and our alumni staff, many of whom are in fragile financial circumstances, in the interim. We will make a decision about resuming training based on future guidance from experts and public health officials.

And, following Governor’s orders, our Café is open for TAKEOUT ONLY, offering curbside service, from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm Monday – Friday. We want to serve you, so call us at 704-375-4500 to place your order.

Encore Catering and our Café provide training and employment opportunities to students and alumni, while generating revenue for the School. In 2019, 36% of our gross revenue was self-generated through Encore Catering, our Café and other internal programs. The balance of our budget is realized through grants, and contributions from supporters like you.

Many of our community members have asked in recent days how they can support our organization and our students during this time. As always, a financial donation to CCSC is the single best way to help.

Your financial support, particularly at this time, will ensure CCSC can bridge the gap and continue to support our staff and students as we await a return to our normal operations.

With gratitude,

Chef Ron Ahlert, Executive Director