On Friday, April 20th, Charleston Wine + Food's Executive Director, Gillian Zettler, presented an Award for Outstanding Community Partner along with a check for $30,000 to One80 Place Training at their Donor Appreciation Breakfast.
One80 Place Training is a
5-week crash course culinary program that teaches basic kitchen skills and readies individuals for a job in the culinary industry.
Overseen by Angela DuPree, Director of Training, One80 Place Training features guest chefs that teach enrollees culinary skills like egg cookery, knife skills, mise en place and more. The 5 week course concludes with an externship in a local restaurant where enrollees get on the job training. Since last April, 95% of program graduates have been placed in jobs.
The program has grown organically and garnered much support from the local restaurant industry. Chefs can engage with the program by becoming guest lecturers, providing an externship opportunity, becoming a mentor or providing a job.
One success story that was shared at the Appreciation Breakfast was that of Stefan DeArman, affectionately called "The Revered." Roland Feldman, owner of Smoke BBQ and Stefan's employer, shared that it was at Toasted during the festival that he first met Stefan. As soon as the band came on, he lit up and started signing. His joy was contagious, Feldman explained. The two also shared The Reverend's new cornbread business and some of the attention they have received for it. Read more about his latest venture here
Charleston Wine + Food is excited and honored to support One80 Place Training. This program not only gives so much to our community, but makes our staff feel excited to produce an event that can support a way to change people's lives for the better.