iCater trainees are exposed to a wide range of experiences: working in a high-volume commercial kitchen, receiving cooking instruction and advice from professional chefs, and becoming certified in food safety.
Over the course of the program, trainees take mandatory classes such as Financial Literacy and Professionalism. They also complete the ServSafe certification, a requirement in the food service industry. These skills help ensure that program graduates are competitive applicants for employment.
Founded in 1990, iCater is Pine Street Inn’s social enterprise that offers training and employment opportunities for food services trainees, while providing high-quality, affordable meal service for corporate catering and congregate service providers. Trainees help prepare more than 2,700 meals each day for shelter guests and other customers.
Trainees also take part in the Visiting Chef series, where local chefs share their expertise and culinary journey through interactive food demonstrations, tastings and questions. The goal of each Visiting Chef demonstration is to introduce our trainees to practical experiences, as well as offer insights on how to succeed and grow in the culinary and food services industry. Examples of recent Visiting Chefs include Myers + Chang, Sodexo, and Legal Sea Foods.