LA Kitchen: Revealing the power of food

Recently, Susan and I traveled to Los Angeles to see culinary workforce training programs in action. The visit to LA Kitchen was fantastic! Robert Egger, staff and students were gracious hosts. It was day one for Class VI and we had the privilege to spend it with them, including my favorite – family meal! Listening to participants share their backgrounds and why they were there

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Food Hub Renovation Progresses

The food hub renovation is taking shape. Demolition to remove walls between the two buildings has been completed. The electrical panel has been installed and connected by OPPD. And as with most buildings circa 1900 undergoing an adaptive reuse process, a few surprises surfaced. We discovered four separate water and gas lines in one building. Damaged wood from pockets of termite infestations and charring from an apparent fire was removed and replaced.

The masonry subcontractors have been busy cutting concrete, building elevator shafts, and constructing stairwell casings.  The first rounds of inspections have gone well. So far, so good with the construction progress. The shared use and production kitchens are on track to be ready by fall 2016.

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Four meters in one building

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New electrical panel

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Future processing space passageway

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View from expansion space towards elevator

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Fire damaged wood removed

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Exposed concrete beams