Honoring Emily Griffith on Her 154th Birthday : Emily Griffith Technical College

Honoring Emily Griffith on Her 154th Birthday

Honoring Emily Griffith on Her 154th Birthday

Emily Griffith Technical College’s Annual Free Soup Giveaway for Students and Community Happening on Thursday, Feb. 10

In honor of Emily Griffith’s birthday, students from Emily Griffith Technical College’s Culinary Arts program will be making beef and barley soup to-go for students and the community to enjoy for free. The soup will be served outside of Emily’s Cafe at the main campus located downtown at 1860 Lincoln Street from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. First come, first served.

Emily Griffith founded the Opportunity School, which eventually became Emily Griffith Technical College, in 1916 as a school for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn and gain new skills. The school was open 13 hours a day, five days a week in order to accommodate student schedules. After a student fainted during class one evening, Emily and her sister, Florence, began bringing in soup for students. Emily believed that the student fainted because he was hungry, and if one student was hungry, there were probably others who were, as well. For years, Emily brought soup for her students daily. “A bowl of soup is served in the basement from 5:30-7:30. Free. This saves you time,” was written on a blackboard inside the entrance of the school. 

“We’ve been giving away free soup in honor of Emily’s birthday since I came on board 24 years ago,” said Chef Tim Inzano, instructor of the Culinary Arts program. “Our students in the Culinary Arts program will be making and packaging the soup to-go, and we’ll be handing it out to students and the greater community.”

Soup is first come, first served. Walk up or drive up. Attendees must wear a mask. Soup will also be served to students of the school only at the Emily Griffith Osage campus. 

What: Emily Griffith’s Annual Birthday Soup Giveaway  

When: Thursday, Feb. 10 from 10:30 to 12:15 p.m. on Main Campus and 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. on the Trades Campus

Where: Outside the Emily Griffith Main Campus, 1860 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203 and in the second-floor student lounge of the Emily Griffith Trades Campus, 1205 Osage St, Denver, 80204.

The Culinary Arts program gives students hands-on experience cooking a wide variety of cuisines and dishes. Students also learn the ins-and-outs of the restaurant and hospitality industries, and how to run their own business or food truck. The program features lectures and demonstrations from experienced chefs, so students have the opportunity to learn from the best. Plus they are able to practice their skills in Emily Griffith’s state-of-the-art commercial kitchen. 

Emily Griffith Technical College has touched so many lives in Colorado, helped to start thousands of small businesses, and has consistently jumpstarted individuals into new careers. Emily Griffith is an institution that continues to power Colorado’s economy and workforce even more so during the pandemic.

Make our favorite soup at home! 

Beef Barley soup

Makes 16 cups or 10 bowls

1 ¾ cup barley

1 ¼ cup onion, diced

½ cup carrot, diced

½ cup celery, diced

2 tbsp oil or beef fat

1 1/2 lbs diced beef (inside round) or ground beef

¼ cup flour 

4 quarts beef  stock



  1. Cook barley in boiling water until tender, about 45 minutes. Drain barley and set aside. 
  2. Add the oil to a large pot on medium heat, when hot, add the onions, carrots and celery and cook until tender. 
  3. Add beef to the pot and start to brown.
  4. Add the flour to the pot in order to make brown roux. Stir and cook until thickened.
  5. Add in stock and stir together. 
  6. Add barley to the pot and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes until it reaches your desired consistency. 
  7. Serve. 

Recipe provided by Chef Tim Inzano and our Culinary Arts students. Learn more about the program here