P&P Caters the San Francisco Warriors "Season of Giving" Holiday Fest at the Bayview Opera House and Joseph Lee Recreation Center
|P&P student (sitting in the center with Y T-Shirt) gets a thumbs up from the Warrior|
Volunteers as they have lunch that was catered by the P&P students.
|P&P worked tirelessly preparing 250 whole wheat wraps with honey baked turkey and jack cheese, tomatoes and lettuce wraps made for the elementary students that were the invited guest of the Warriors!|
|This young lady was so excited about participating in this event in hopes to meeting her|
favorite player Clay Thompson. To her delight, she got so much more.
|The highlight of the event for me was watching our student meet her idol.|
Chef Yaku made it happen for her!It reminded me of how I felt when I met
my idol Berry Gordy of Motown Records. PRICELESS!
|Can you see why this young lady was in seventh heaven?|
Andre Igudola is another one of her favorites!
|Watching her drum up the courage to ask for their autograph was something to see.|
Once she got the hang of it, she was off and running.
Her Primed & Prepped Apron is now full of autographs!
|The Warrior Dancers were in the house helping to pass out lunches too!|
|Lunch is served. Each box also included 2-tangerines and a peppermint candy cane|
|Chef Yaku chatted with the young people to find out if they enjoyed their lunch. Thumbs Up!|
|During my brief encounter with Warriors Coach Steve Kerr, I found him to be a|
very humble and funny.
|These guys Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry were enjoying taking photos with the elementary school kids and|
rocking to some old school R&B music!
|Chef Yaku, P&P Instructor, Chyna Davis, P&P Student, Jason Mark, Warriors Special Event Coordinator, Me and Theo Ellington, Warriors Marketing Director. A special THANK YOU to Theo for making this happen for Primed & Prepped!|
P&P Decorate Gingerbread House at The Fairmont Hotel
|Michelle Gaul, Regional Director of Human Resources at Fairmont Hotel and P&P Advisory Board Member invited P&P students to help decorate the Fairmont Hotel Gingerbread House . This was such an honor be a part of a century-long tradition. The Chef hats were donated by the Fairmont and the Aprons were donated by our program supporter Lynette Cayson of Cayson Designs|
|Chef Yaku had a ball showing his son Angel how to place the green marshmallow trim!|
|Angel was definitely a little kid in a candy store! He couldn't believe that he could|
actually eat the gum ball, malt balls, marshmallows and the white icing that was
the glue for building the house. So much fun watching him!
So Much to See at the Fairmont Hotel
The P&P students were happy to see P&P inaugural student Lahrul Hayden at work.
Oscar Gonzales, Executive Chef was happy to have Lahrul come out and greet his fellow classmates.
Chef Gonzales gave an in-depth tour of the kitchen along with explaining the role of an Executive Chef.
A tour to the Tonga Room, one of their restaurants and Hurricane Bar!
|Winding down our fun and a fact-filled visit to a delightful dinner!|
The students were taking photos of the food and posting on Instagram!
Can't get them to put down those Cell Phones, so I joined in!!!!
|As you can see Chef Yaku was also snapping away! This is truly a sign of the times!|
Fairmont raised decluttering their storage space was greatly appreciated.
P&P Parent Holiday Dinner
|Chef Yaku carving the delectable Prime Rib that the students helped him prepare!|
|The students did a FANTASTIC job decorating and displaying the food|
|The students prepared mashed potatoes, garlic broccoli, deep-fried macaroni & cheese topped|
with pulled chicken and coleslaw. Dessert was Rice Krispie squares, fresh strawberries,
pineapple and marshmallows served with chocolate fondue.
|The students and Chef received rave reviews for a great meal.|
|Chef Yaku giving the students of Thurgood Marshall an overview of the P&P Program|
|The students were treated to a healthy breakfast and had a Q&A about the program.|
Two students joined the program!
|Chef Yaku gives a knife demonstration that all enjoyed watching. He is magical with a knife!|
|Elizabeth Quinones Gonzales, Thurgood Marshall Culinary Instructor, thanks for visiting to learn more about the P&P Program, we look forward to working with you and your students!|
Chef Yaku visits Thurgood Marshall Culinary Progam
|Chef Yaku paid the culinary students at Thurgood Marshall a visit and gave them|
a great lecture on a day in the life of a Chef.
The 7th Annual Black Student Union High School Summit Honoring Senator Mark Leon and Lamont Bishop
|The room was full of "High School" energy. Anyone that works with youth knows what I mean:)|
It was a great group of motivated students!
|One of our P&P graduates joined Chef Yaku to demonstrate knife cutting skills.|
|It was a great Q&A session where the students wanted to know more about the program.|
Two students joined P&P and one of them is now working with Whole Foods!
|Rounding out our session with Chef Phillip Gum.|
Not only is he a Chef but also the owner of JE Model Management, a talent agency.
He encouraged the students to get an education and to travel.
CCSF'S Chef Ng, Does It Again!
|For the past 3-years City College of SF Culinary Instructor, Ronald Ng,|
has graciously hosted P&P starting them off with dinner.
|The delicious dinner was prepared by the CCSF Culinary students|
|Chef Yaku takes a moment to share a few words of wisdom|
before beginning the tour
|Chef Ng spends a great deal of time touring their facilities, explaining the|
equipment and what is required of the students in their culinary program
The "Coffee Man" Visits P&P
|Elliot Katz, CFE, HAAC, Foodservice Coffee Consultant|
with over 45 years in the Foodservice Coffee business visited the
Bayview YMCA to make a generous coffee donation!
|When I told Elliot I would like to have Coffee in our kitchen he smiled and said,|
"I can help with that"! I've known Elliot for many years so it wasn't such
an off-the-wall request, he totally supports the program.
|We received a Curtis Pourover Brewer, 3-2.2 Liter Airpots, a Case of Regular|
and Decaf Coffee, Case of paper cups and a case of filters.
We are set to go, coffee anyone?
|Man J Kim, owner of Lori's Diner, Sears Fine Food and Golden Gate Bar & Grill has not only|
come out to lecture to the students, provide internships but donates financially every year to the program!
|To show my appreciation to Man J. Kim, I hand made these ties.|
When you see him you can ask him about Betty Boop!
P&P students arriving to class to prepare the delicious meal for our
Volunteer Fundraising Callers!
P&P Advisory Board member, Emanuel Brueh, Human Resource Director
with Park Central Hotel, bought along co-workers Sylvia Samantha, Human
Resource Coordinator with Stanford Court Hotel, Timothy Daube, Human
Resources Complex Manager with Hotel Diva, Christina Tang, Human Resource
Manager with Park Central Hotel and Cindy Phu, Human Resource Manager
with Parc 55. These guys didn't let up on the phone.
P&P is forever grateful for the funds they raised!
P&P students took time to introduce themselves and give a
description of the menu they prepared!
gifts they can win through the evening for reaching fundraising goals. Even though
they were not present other P&P Advisory Board Members also raised funds.
P&P Advisory Board Member, Kevin Carroll, Executive Director, Hotel Council,
was the first person to reach his fundraising goal. He won this portrait donated by
photographer Jon Rendell (also took the Cell Phone Party Photos) valued at
$250.00. The photo comes from the Stanford University show and also showcased
in Jon's year long blog called is This Frisco.
Antoinette Sobalvarro, Community Advocate and Mikael Wagner,
Principal, Promotions West, played the critical role of securing in-kind
gifts for the Volunteers, tracking money raised and so much more.
Missing was Don Brown, Concierge at Nema Apartments.
Chef Yaku KUDOS for instructing P&P in the kitchen creating
some amazing food.
WE DID IT AGAIN! P&P GRADUATION #3 May 12, 2016
|We are all so proud of the P&P students accomplishments!|
Showing off both his certificates of achievement from the P&P Program and
Senator Mark Leno's Office. Senator Mark Leno, thanks for being a big supporter of P&P!
provides private funds for P&P and Greg Collins, Executive Director of San Francisco Achievers.
Sitting at the rear table is P&P Advisory Board Member, Casey Neuburger,
Director of Human Resources at Hotel Nikko, Rashiada Nirobe,
Workforce Development Consultant, The Lillith Group and
Hassan Iravani, Regional Director of Lori's Diners and Sears Fine Food,
and a P&P parent. Students were placed on internships at the Fairmont Hotel,
Marriott, Grand Hyatt, Lori's Diner and Sears Fine Food!
SUMMER TIME FUN!
Chef Yaku prepares the students for a fun filled learning experience.
Yes, they must take notes!
Everyone is focused on the task at hand!
One of our rising stars! The students are given recipes and then left
alone to bring them to life!
P&P students work well as a team.
Meredyth Haas, former Director of Development at the Bayview YMCA and a
Pastry Chef was thrilled to bake with the students. Not only did they bake
cookies but they made the Ice Cream Cake for the graduation.
The students were excited about making cookies but more importantly eating them!
The cookies vanished each time a batch was taken from the oven. YUMMY!
I'm listening as Chef highlights the student's achievements as
During the summer session, 20 plus hours allows them to
graduate and receive a P&P Apron. Many come back to
the program during the school year to get more
training and experience.
Family and friends stand in line to enjoy the food prepared
by the graduating students!
P&P students were presented with Program Certificates of Achievement as well as a goodie bag
provided by Shakirah Simley, Community Program Manage,r with BiRite Market far
left standing next to me and far right, Sarah Arndt, Community Outreach Assistant, also
with BiRite. In each one of the sturdy bags was their book Eat Good Food, a Grocer's
Guide to Shopping, Cooking, and Creating Community through Food, a $25.00
Gift Card to BiRite and some delicious eatables.
Emanuel Brueh, Human Resource Director, Park Central Hotel, Cristian Rodriquez, P&P graduate, Casey Neuburger, Human Resource Director, Hotel Nikko, Michele Gaul, Regional Director of Human Resources, Fairmont Hotel and Marcelo Salinas, Executive Chef at Park Central Hotel. Members of Primed & Prepped Advisory Board were visiting City College of San Francisco. While in the cafeteria, we saw one of our graduates who is still very active in the program.
Primed & Prepped Program
January 3 - May 11, 2017
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
4:00 pm-6:30 pm
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PRIMED & PREPPED CONTACT KELLY ARMSTRONG AT THE BAYVIEW YMCA (415) 822-7728 OR EMAIL KARMSTRONG@YMCASF.ORG.