One of the many benefits of moving Neuman’s Kitchen to Long Island City, besides the state of the art kitchen, is the opportunity to get deeply involved with local high schools and career training programs in our neighborhood.
This May, Neuman’s Kitchen hosted its first outreach class with some of the students from the Long Island City High School Culinary Program- a joint effort between the YMCA of Long Island City and local schools. Paul Neuman, our founder greeting the children with a welcome speech and the history of Neuman’s Kitchen. We spoke about the exciting day-to-day roles of an event planner and pastry chef, provided interview tips and talked about benefits of doing creative satisfying work.
Next we toured our brand new 10,000 sq foot kitchen pointing out some highlights such as our chill bath for cooling liquids, the massive walk-ins fridges and our custom in-house design and prop room.
Finally it was time for the “hands on” project of the day, a cookie and cupcake decorating class with participation of the students. Pastry chef’s Alycia and Charmelle supplied a great assortment decorations, different flavored buttercreams, and mini cupcakes and sugar cookies for the students to decorate. And decorate they did!
While working the students had time to talk to us about their future goals and ambitions and many expressed an interest in interning at Neuman’s. Finding young ambitious well trained staff is so important to our success and this is exactly why we feel being part of our community is so important. We can change lives by showing the students their options, and we look forward to future collaborations.