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Taste the Hope

New City Kitchen

Our Purpose

New City Kitchen is a social enterprise providing employment training and placement in the food service industry. We also provide catering and lunch services to Portland businesses. 

Our motto is "taste the hope." We provide smart second chances to people who have demonstrated they want to work and have what it takes to succeed in the workforce. Using a sustainable platform, our trainees develop the deeper skills training and work experience necessary to secure employment in the private sector.

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Our Story

New City Kitchen grew out of CUSINA, a cooking class that began at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Portland. From the very beginning, we saw people with great cooking skills, some of whom had previous experience working in commercial kitchens, who were asking us, "Can you help me get a job?" In 2011, New City Initiative launched New City Kitchen to help people with employment challenges find work in the food service industry.

For Referrers

If you are a social service provider and would like to refer a client for an interview with New City Kitchen, download our information sheet and application. If you would like to receive monthly emails with upcoming training dates, please email us.  

For Employers

Are you an employer looking for help in the kitchen?  Make New City Kitchen your one-stop staffing solution! Through our "short-term work internship" program, we'll pay for one of our graduates to work a few training shifts in your kitchen to make sure they're a good fit.  For more information, including contact information, download a description of our internship program.

So far in 2015, over 89% of our trainees achieved employment upon completing our program. 

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