Capital Food Fight
The Capital Food Fight is a fundraiser initiated
in 2004 by DC star chef José Andrés.
On November 15th top local and visiting chefs battle it out
at an all-star culinary event whose proceeds benefit DC
Central Kitchen. Food Network stars Dave
Lieberman and Mark Silverstein co-host
while Anthony Bourdain and Kojo Nnamdi
judge the battling chefs including Ken Oringer of
Clio, Vikram Garg of Indebleu,
Roberto Donna of Galileo and Bob
Kinkead of Kinkead’s.
About DC Central Kitchen:
DC Central Kitchen is not a "soup kitchen."
Instead of satisfying someone’s hunger for one day,
they help them satisfy their hunger for life. In response
to unsuccessful efforts elsewhere, DC Central Kitchen developed
a comprehensive model known as a Community Kitchen and continue
to refine that model today. Their cohesive approach to solving
the interconnected problems of poverty, hunger, and homelessness
has led them to become a leaders in their field.
For seventeen years, DC Central Kitchen has
been “Feeding the Soul of the City” by recovering
unused food, providing free, nutritious meals to shelters
and other local social service agencies, training homeless
men and women in the food service industry, and offering hope
through empowerment. DC Central Kitchen uses the existing
ingredients of our society to satisfy hunger, promote self-sufficiency,
and change lives.
Programs of DC Central Kitchen:
The Kitchen focuses its holistic efforts
into nine inter-connected main program areas.
1. As part of the Food Recycling program,
the Kitchen collects and re-prepares more than one ton of
surplus food every day from area food service businesses.
2. The Meal Distribution program provides
meals to community non-profit programs throughout the DC metropolitan
area, saving them money and allowing them to focus on their
own unique and worthy missions.
3. The Kitchen offers a nationally recognized
12-week Culinary Job Training program for unemployed adults
who are either homeless or receiving public assistance. It
is a cohesive effort to teach culinary, professional, and
life skills to individuals seeking self-sufficiency and financial
4. Healthy Returns initiative offers healthy
meals, quality snacks, and nutrition education to disadvantaged
youth through partnerships with DC area social service agencies.
5. The Kitchen operates a full-service catering
company and employment development project: Fresh Start Catering,
which not only provides outstanding catering service to clients,
but excellent employment opportunities for graduates of the
Culinary Job Training Program.
6. New Beginnings, a high-quality food service
provider and employer of Kitchen graduates, offers clients
menus catered to specific dietary needs. New Beginnings provides
more than 1,600 age-friendly and dietary-specific meals everyday
for youth centers and meal programs for the elderly.
7. Through First Helping, the Kitchen provides
citywide, street-level meal services, referrals, and counseling
to people who are homeless. They have also initiated a low-cost
community voice mail program to help homeless individuals
maintain contact with family members, employers, and service
8. DC Central Kitchen puts its model to work
on university campuses through The Campus Kitchens Project
SM, providing a unique service leadership opportunity for
young scholars. Since opening the pilot Campus Kitchen at
Saint Louis University in October 2001, seven more locations
are thriving at Dillard University in New Orleans, Northwestern
University outside of Chicago, Marquette University in Milwaukee,
Gonzaga University in Spokane, Minnesota State University
in Mankato, Augsburg College in Minneapolis and Gonzaga College
High School here in DC.
9. Developed by DC Central Kitchen, Kitchens
INC (In National Cooperation) is an Internet-based network
that serves as a preeminent resource and best-practices database
for civic-minded individuals across the country as they develop
and establish community kitchens.