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Worth Our Weight apprentices demonstrating their Knife Skills

March 24, 2018 @ 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

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Slow Food Russian River is sponsoring apprentices from Worth Our Weight so they can attend the screening of the film Knife Skills at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival on Saturday, March 24, 2018, 12:15pm (in the Shorts Program 3) Rialto Cinemas #7. (Details below)

After the screening the students of Worth Our Weight will give a demonstration of their knife skills and hand out samples of their creations, under the portico in front of Taylor Maid Organic Coffee, California Sister Floral Design & Supply, and Reframe Hair Gallery, 6790 McKinley St #180, Sebastopol. We thank these local businesses for their community support.

Worth Our Weight apprentices are young people from 16-24 who have faced major challenges in their lives, including foster care, difficulties with the law, homelessness, and significant family disruption. It provides culinary and food service training.

The film Knife Skills is an 2018 Oscar-nominated documentary about a Cleveland restaurant that trains and employs former inmates.

Worth Our Weight

WOW was founded in 2006 by chef Evelyn Cheatham. She was named a “Woman of the Year” by U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson on March 1, 2016.

The goal of the Worth Our Weight is to transform at-risk young adults into food industry professionals in a 12-week boot-camp type training and place them into jobs. We take twelve apprentices per session, who have faced major challenges in their lives, including abandonment, foster care system, legal difficulties, homelessness and significant family disruption. Apprentices can live at the W.O.W. house for a nominal fee or on their own.

The Worth Our Weight program includes training in professional cooking, sustainable farming, and life skills, developing their appreciation of high-quality food prepared by chefs and food service professionals.

We hold our apprentices to the highest standard of excellence and for many, this is the first time they have had that experience. These young adults rise to meet these expectations. Under the leadership of Executive Director Evelyn Cheatham, WOW emphasizes responsibility, accountability and teamwork, skills that produce success in any field apprentices may choose going forward.

Tuition for this award-winning culinary apprentice program is $1200. Some partial and full scholarships are available.

If you would like to sponsor an apprentice, your $1200 donation can truly change the life of the recipient!


March 24, 2018
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
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Slow Food Russian River
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6790 McKinley St #180
Sebastopol, CA 95472 United States
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