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Culinary arts and hospitality job training program for women in transition.




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Food Systems & Culinary Arts Program

At Cornucopia, we’re growing social and economic justice for women while feeding our community elders fresh, nutritious meals and supporting local farms.Modeled after the successful FRESH Food initiative created by Vermont Works for Women, Cornucopia provides a supportive vocational training program for women in transition. Participants will receive instruction in basic culinary arts and hospitality, while cooking meals for community meal sites and other programs.


Who can attend?
The program is designed for women who are transitioning from unsafe or unsustainable living conditions who need extra support in developing marketable job skills. This may include formerly incarcerated women, women leaving abusive partners, women in recovery, and other life-changing situations.
The program may qualify for work experience for Reach Up, Voc Rehab, and similar programs. Participants will be referred by their case managers or advocates who will continue to provide support in removing barriers to employment.

What’s involved?

First, participants will enroll in a 4 week general job readiness program. This will cover basics such as interview skills, resume writing, and will introduce participants to the travel and tourism industry in the Northeast Kingdom. Trainees will then move into the 13-week culinary skills program, cooking nutritious meals for area seniors while learning: Kitchen essentials, safety and sanitation, knife skills, nutrition, baking & cake decorating, kitchen math & measuring…and more!


Contact Cornucopia at  802-487-9380  or to learn more!



 Cornucopia is made possible with generous support from


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Trainees Needed

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Kitchen Trainee

30 hours/week
The Kitchen Trainee will work as a member of the kitchen team and will support kitchen operations
and procedures to help ensure quality production of food products. Our facilities consist of a
commercial kitchen and dining room in Newport, Vermont. The Kitchen Trainee reports directly to
the Chef/Instructor and is supervised by the Chef/Instructor and the Project Manager.


Day to Day Operations
  •  Assist with high volume food production
  •  Conduct consistent, prescribed sanitation practices throughout the day
  •  Assist with identifying methods that contribute to the manufacturing of healthy food/meals
  •  Assist in maintaining inventory and upkeep of kitchen equipment
  •  Assist in keeping kitchen stocked with daily necessities such as paper towels, hand soap, trash liners, etc.
  •  Assist with receiving, stocking, rotating and labeling product
  •  Document kitchen objectives and achievements on a daily basis
  •  Assist other trainees as requested
  • Other duties as assigned

Special Projects

  • Assist at Open Houses for potential clients and funders
  • Prepare for and serve at on and off-site catering events
  • Identify and shop for bulk food products
  • Create, analyze and document recipes and menus
    The Kitchen Trainee will be expected to meet with her supervisor(s) on a regular basis for on-going review and evaluation.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required:

  • Ability to communicate with supervisors and other trainees in a friendly, pleasant, professional manner
  • Ability to walk and stand for prolonged periods, and lift heavy objects
  • Ability to assist with a wide range of kitchen duties while practicing consistency and efficiency
  •  Ability to read recipes and menus and follow directions precisely
  • Ability to work well under pressure and adhere to specific time requirements
  • Ability to analyze and problem solve
  •  Organized, self-motivated and self-directed on work tasks
  •  Willing to learn and practice new culinary techniques, vocabulary and methods
  •  Possessing a sense of humor, tact, and diplomacy will be helpful in a busy work environment
    Cornucopia Kitchen Trainee Job Application

 Volunteers Needed

Umbrella’s Cornucopia program seeks volunteers to assist with our weekly senior meals in Newport. Volunteers are needed between 11:30 and 1:30 every Friday to help set up, serve, and clean up the meal. The meal site serves approximately 50 area elders every week with a nutritious meal prepared by Cornucopia’s chef and culinary arts trainees, and provides a welcome opportunity for socializing. Meals are lively and fun – a great place to volunteer! Contact Vaunne at Cornucopia @ 802-487-9380.


Job Opportunitees

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There are currently no job opportunities available.