Food And Drinks

Detroit Food Academy offers holiday gift boxes to support culinary arts programs


Cooking is just as sensory an experience as it comes. The taste, smells, sights, and touch, even the satisfying sounds of a slice or crunch, can be invigorating.

It could then be difficult for an organization like the Detroit Food Academy to continue its curriculum, a curriculum that is being enforced online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The non-profit organization teaches Detroit teenagers between the ages of 10 and 24 in culinary arts and uses cooking as a means of economic mobility as well as health and wellness education.

But the Detroit Food Academy has gone ahead and cooked with their students online rather than in person. The organization says the shift has resulted in more virtual panels and question-and-answer sessions with industry experts and virtual business trips to complement the online cooking classes.

To support its entrepreneurial programming, DFA has launched the Small Batch Big Change Gourmet Gift Boxes Christmas gift box program.

“In these uncertain times, community support is more important than ever to building financial resilience and ensuring the continued presence and impact of DFA on the lives of young Detroiters,” said Jen Rusciano, executive director of the Detroit Food Academy.

“Each purchase directly supports youth programming and employment while building an important component of our journey. It provides Detroit youth with hands-on experience and training to help them start their careers.”

Each gift box contains five Mitten Bites, a nutritious snack bar and a glass of Slow Jams, a brand of local jams and jellies. Custom combinations are available for larger orders.

The money from the Small Batch Big Change offering supports employment and career opportunities for DFA students and alumni that can start at $ 15 an hour and reach $ 18 an hour. Options include access to workshops and industry certifications.

Mitten Bites and Slow Jams are offered through Small Batch Detroit, a social enterprise affiliated with DFA.

Visit the Detroit Food Academy or Small Batch Detroit online for ordering information.

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Dusty Kennedy