Posts Tagged: Culinary Job Training

Volunteers launch campaign to sponsor Class 100

Have we mentioned we have the best volunteers in the world? Of course we have, but let’s say it again to underscore this verifiable fact. Recently, our volunteers launched a campaign in support of the upcoming 100th free culinary job training class at Second Helpings. To celebrate this milestone, the volunteers have committed to sponsoring… Continue reading.

Welcome our new chef, Felicia Grady!

Second Helpings extends a warm welcome to the newest addition to its family. Chef Felicia Grady begins this week as the new Culinary Job Training Instructor. With culinary schooling and training as a graduate of the Chef’s Academy and experience at Flanner House, Lighthouse Mission, and Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), Chef Felicia brings a wealth… Continue reading.

Food Network cooking demonstration at Oakley’s Bistro

On Thursday, May 18, celebrated Indianapolis Chef Steve Oakley will compete against Bobby Flay on his long-running Food Network show, Beat Bobby Flay. Thirteen year-old Sabrina Richard is already a veteran of the Food Network as a guest judge on Beat Bobby Flay and a contestant on Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-off. She and Chef Steve… Continue reading.

Happy 19th Birthday, Second Helpings!

Yesterday marked the 19th anniversary of the official opening of Second Helpings in 1998. However, three years of work had already transpired by the time Second Helpings opened its doors. It took three years for a spark of an idea to take life, gain support and traction, and finally be realized. Today, we celebrate all… Continue reading.

Tales from the Table: Marlon Sims

For his first 40 years, Marlon Sims had a good life. “I grew up in a good family in Gary, Indiana. I had a wife and three kids and everything was going well. After 40 years of this though, I turned to a life of crime.” Once in jail, Sims knew he had hit rock bottom…. Continue reading.

Tales from the Table: Brian Thomason

Second Helpings has some incredible long-term volunteers who have whipped together delicious dishes, delivered thousands of meals, or dutifully sorted through huge piles of bread. It also has some amazing newer volunteers who have found a passion in serving at Second Helpings, and quickly and willingly volunteer in any way. As we turn the page… Continue reading.

Tales from the Table: Charlie Chapel

Cooking with her grandmother in the kitchen in her hometown of Chicago formed some of Charlie Chapel’s earlier memories. As she grew older, she began working in business and office management but never forgot the lessons her grandmother taught her. When her daughter moved to Indianapolis with her father, Chapel rethought living in Chicago without… Continue reading.

Give the gift of self-sufficiency: A letter from culinary instructor Scott Lawson

Like many students, my road to Second Helpings was a long one. After 30 years in California, I found myself in a new city, the “Crossroads of America,” facing a crossroads of my own. Searching for my purpose, I discovered Second Helpings through an Ivy Tech student who attended the Culinary Job Training Program and… Continue reading.

Tales from the Table: Ken Hall

Seven years ago, BMO Harris Bank began providing banking services to Second Helpings, and Second Helpings became a permanent fixture in Ken Hall’s life. Learning about Second Helpings through his job, Ken began to help with the culinary job training class, teaching them basic banking and financial literacy skills. Through and partly due to Ken’s assistance… Continue reading.