Know Your Kitchen! Workshops: Learn New Skills, Sharpen Your Technique

by William Pilgrim

The Portland Restaurant Workers Association (PRWA) is proud to present Know Your Kitchen!, a nine part series of job skill training workshops at Bargreen & Ellingson’s test kitchen facility. Led by award winning chef Andrew H. Garrett, workshops begin January 3 and will cover everything from tools of the trade and knife skills to butchery and wine paring.

Following up on the success of the first Know Your Kitchen! series, the PRWA is hosting these workshops to help restaurant workers refine or acquire new kitchen skills. The Know Your Kitchen! series will be presented with the highest degree of professionalism, while still remaining accessible to the widest possible degree of restaurant workers. The workshops will provide workers with skills they need to advance in the restaurant industry, and allow already familiar workers to hone their skills.

Andrew H. Garrett, who will be leading the classes, began his career at 16 as a dishwasher at a pizzeria in California. Since arriving to Portland, Garrett’s been the Sous Chef at 23 Hoyt and currently is the executive chef at Cafe Nell. Garrett is excited to contribute to these workshops. He’s gained recognition through the People’s Choice Award as “Portland’s Original Iron Chef,” the Oregonian’s “Restaurant of the Month” and he continues to receive accolades in the local press for his work.

The Know Your Kitchen! workshops will cover everything from the basics to more advanced skills, catering to both novice and experienced workers. The workshops are made possible by donations from the PRWA, workshop instructors, and local suppliers. A $2.00 student contribution for each class is requested in order to cover the cost of course materials. Space is limited, so registration is required.

For complete details and to register, visit Know Your Kitchen!

Know Your Kitchen! Workshop Schedule:
Classes will be held each Monday beginning in January and ending in March:

  • Tools of the Trade, Product Identification, Vegetables and Cuts: Monday, January 3 5:00-8:00pm
  • Knife Skills 101: Monday, January 10 2:00-5:00pm & 5:00-8:00pm
  • Knife Skills 102: Monday, January 17 2:00-5:00pm & 5:00-8:00pm
  • Stocks and Sauces: Monday, January 24 5:00-8:00pm
  • Butchery: Monday, January 31 5:00-8:00pm
  • Asian Cuisine Ingredients: Monday, February 7 4:00-7:00pm
  • French Cuisine: Monday, February 21 4:00-7:00pm
  • Charcuterie: Monday, February 28 4:00-7:00pm
  • Wine Knowledge and Paring: Monday, March 7 4:00-7:00pm

Workshop Location:
Bargreen & Ellingson: Foodservice Supply & Design
3232 NW Industrial St.
Portland, OR 97210

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