Pizzeria Locale eatery to support the next generation of chefs

News Date: 
Thursday, April 20, 2017

May 3rd fundraiser supports Culinary Quick Start training program

For the month of May, Pizzeria Locale will be serving up a special Carbonara pizza created in partnership with renowned and very popular Chef Alex Seidel of Fruition and Mercantile. To kick off the month-long menu feature, Pizzeria Locale will host a fundraiser to benefit young chefs. Here are the details:

  • Wednesday, May 3, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway
  • To benefit Emily Griffith Technical College’s Culinary Quick Start Program

When customers dine at the Broadway location and mention the fundraiser at the register, 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to help groom the next generation of chefs, students enrolling in Culinary Quick Start, with funding for uniforms, high quality knives, and additional scholarships.

What is Culinary Quick Start?

The comprehensive training program is four weeks long and FREE and supports basic culinary training for both young and older adults. Denver’s vibrant restaurant industry is on fire, but there are not enough qualified people to oversee the stovetop fires, prepare the food or execute some of the basic culinary techniques required to keep the growing number of metro area commercial kitchens operating effectively and safely.

The unique collaboration trains people to become a line or prep cook and after only four weeks, students are guaranteed a connection to more than 100 restaurants, which currently have job openings. Some of these restaurants were involved in developing the curriculum so it meets industry standards and some popular area chefs participate in the training.

“We’re excited to partner with the Emily Griffith Technical College to support a program that inspires and grooms the next generation of chefs,” said Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, co-founder of Pizzeria Locale. “As the Denver restaurant industry continues to grow, programs like Culinary Quick Start will continue to provide basic training and skills to young chefs that will not only help the local hospitality community, but also provide lifelong skills for the students.”