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The Community Culinary School of Charlotte is thriving at Greylyn Business Park!

16 December, 2014

As seen here in the Charlotte Observer…

 

The Community Culinary School of Charlotte has always been a hidden gem. In the original location on Distribution Street, near Remount Road, the school shared space with Friendship Trays while it trained hard-to-employ people, many recovering from homelessness or addiction, for jobs in food service.

Now it’s got a whole new space, in the Greylyn Business Park on Monroe Road, and a new mission, with a cafe and bakery to add retail experience to the training program.

“We needed to branch out,” says the executive director, Ron Ahlert. “Customer service experience is needed.” The new cafe lets them serve customers every day.

The large teaching kitchen in back sports new stoves, ovens and high-end cooking equipment like a blast chiller, bought with the help of Electrolux, and more space for class work and job counseling. They’ve also added training for veterans.

In the front, there are bakery cases and daily lunch specials of soups and sandwiches.

The official grand opening will be the week of Valentine’s Day, but the bakery and cafe are already open for the holidays, if you need to pick up a quick lunch or a dozen pastries for your office.

“We’ll always be a training facility” says Ahlert. “But we can grow from this.”