Second Harvest’s innovative Providence programs are building lasting solutions to hunger and poverty. Our work provides culinary and life skills training and opportunities to gain resume building work experience that changes lives one recipe at a time.
Our Providence Culinary Training kitchen and classrooms are located in the heart of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC’s warehouse, highlighting the connections between opportunity, health and good food. Providence’s social enterprises include dining-for-a-cause restaurants, catering, and a community meals program that provides healthy, prepared meals for children and seniors.
We invest in people to make individual lives better and make our communities thrive.
Providence Culinary Training (formerly Triad Community Kitchen) Second Harvest's Providence Culinary Training offers a 13-week, hands-on training experience, culminating in a one-week internship with one of Providence's employment partners, a group of establishments that includes many of our area's most beloved eateries.
Providence students comes from all walks of life. Some who enroll want to learn new skills and make new connections after a job loss. Some want to enhance their skills to pursue better paying opportunities. Others are charting a course out of a troubled past to a fresh start in life. All who enroll are supported through the unique and challenging Providence Culinary Training experience and in finding work following graduation.
Led by Chef Jeff Bacon, an ACF Certified Executive Chef and member of the American Academy of Chefs, Providence Culinary Training is a certified model program of Catalyst
Kitchens, graduating between 60-80 students per year.
Candidates are referred to our program by Forsyth Technical Community College, Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC, partner agencies of Second Harvest Food Bank and others.
Classes held during the first 12 weeks meet Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Certification in ServSafe® sanitation
• Basic culinary skills
• Basic baking skills
• Knife skills
• Kitchen safety
• Mass food production
• Cook-chill technology training
• Catering Production
Providence graduates are encouraged to obtain further training and professional development through continued study. Selected graduates have the opportunity to gain resume-building work experience in paid residency positions at Providence dining establishments. Residents work alongside seasoned professionals for up to two years, preparing them to move forward in their culinary careers and into leadership roles. Revenues from Providence's non-profit business ventures, which includes Providence Catering, as well as from Providence Community Meals, help to ensure Providence Culinary Training continues to be a place where the doors to opportunity are always open so that students can gain skills and confidence to change their economic circumstances and lives for the better.
How to Apply
Contact Lindsey Bledsoe, Client Advocacy Manager, at 336.397.7062, ext. 259.
Providence Community Meals
During training, students have the opportunity to support Second Harvest Food Bank's core food distribution program as they learn about mass food production and prepare ready-to-heat meals for Second Harvest Food Bank's partner programs.
Providence Catering Delight your guests with a meal they'll be talking about long after your event...and enjoy the icing on the cake: Events catered by Providence Catering transform lives, employing Providence Culinary Training graduates and residents.
“We use Second Harvest's Providence Catering because they’re among the best caterers we’ve found.
The fact that their services also support Providence Culinary Training, a program that's empowering
with life-changing skills, is an added bonus."
Jon Lowder, Executive Director, Piedmont Triad Apartment Association
Providence Restaurant Serving a unique twist on farm-to-form inspired cuisine in a relaxing, cosmopolitan ambience, Providence Restaurant is gathering place that feeds community and is always Serving Something Beautiful. All proceeds support Providence Culinary Training, where we lives change for the better...one recipe at recipe at a time. Rosey's Review, Forsyth Woman
Providence Kitchen at BB&T
Coming in the summer of 2018, Providence Kitchen will be a great addition to Winston-Salem's downtown restaurant scene as a quick and delicious option for breakfast and lunch. With Providence classics, like our Black Tie Burger, as well as exclusive, new items sold only at Providence Kitchen, our newest social enterprise venture is sure to please!
Building off the success of our Providence Restaurant's Residency Program, Providence Kitchen will employ 6 new residents to continue their culinary training. In addition to learning the front and back of the house, our residents will receive barista training at this location.