Common Table receives a Jacques Pépin grant

Catholic Charities of Louisville’s Common Table program has been awarded a Jacques Pépin Foundation grant.

The $10,000 grant will support the program that provides culinary training to individuals who face barriers to employment, according to a press release from the Jacques Pépin Foundation. During an eight-week program, Common Table students learn the basics of working in the food service industry and receive a Louisville Metro food service manager’s certificate once training is completed.

Rollie Wesen, executive director of the foundation, said the foundation is “proud to support” Common Table’s efforts. 

“Catholic Charities of Louisville’s Common Table students not only learn classroom culinary skills: Their social enterprise allows the students to put their skills into practice with the preparation of catering orders which continues to benefit their community,” he said in the release. 

Common Table will also receive JPF-branded aprons for students and a group membership to the foundation.

The Jacques Pépin Foundation is a grant-making organization whose mission is to support programs that create opportunities through culinary training.

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6 replies on “Common Table receives a Jacques Pépin grant”
  1. says: Victoria T

    In my opinion this is a very worthy recipient! Jacques I follow you on FB. You are a talented, generous person who is certainly making a huge mark on the world. Thank you for all you do. Love following you – you make my day! I am 75 from Ontario Canada, an avid home cook and looks forward to your videos! Have a wonderful day Jacques Pepin, a beautiful human being!

  2. Wishing those student’s great success 🙌 make the most of it Remember your cooking culinary is money in your pocket Thus one day you may do the same for a less fortunate person Always Remember the Great Cheff that made it possible for you now Wish I had that privilege Iam from South Africa

  3. says: Brenda

    Wow….How wonderful for student to receive and accept, plan a career in culinary.
    Having support and not worrying about life expenses. Will certainly help student to excel. Best Wishes.

  4. says: Loretta Marie New

    Que Dieu te benisse, Monsieur Le Chef Plus Emerite❣️(on behalf of my Mama in Heaven and myself)

  5. says: Gregory Skratch Scirrotto

    Thank you Jaque for sharing your joy and if wasnt for a culinary program sponsored by the state of New Jersey back in the 70s I dont know where I would be today! I’ve had the opportunity to work in just about every kind of kitchen from French classical,NY deli,top end steak house,Ive worked in many types of roadside diners usually own and run by none American chefs and if they hired you to work on their line …you’d better do things the they want them or they would say….”My way or the highway” and that seems to be the international slogan throughout the world in all kitchens! If you can except old-school values then the kitchen is where you belong atleast thats the way I look at! It took me many years to realize what old-school really was and now today I can honestly say that I’m 100% old-school…just like my mom was! My comments are for the members of The Common Table…they truly have their eyes gleaming toward the light and paying darkness no mind! Peace and blessings your way!

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