CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – Charlottesville and Albemarle County leaders are teaming up with a nonprofit to breathe new life into the once-bustling African-American area of Vinegar Hill. People looking to join the food industry now have a unique opportunity.
New Hill Development Corporation and Culinary Concepts hosted the Go Cook program on March 9. Its final element is a pop-up dinner to showcase the hard work of student chefs. The cohort trained for 5 weeks and are now showcasing their skills to potential start-up sponsors and employers. There will be more similar events for others in the future.
NHDC is a non-profit organization. It teaches hospitality skills and culinary concepts gives chefs hands-on experience.
“Some may want a career in cooking and others may just want to improve their skills because they are planning to start a business or have started a business,” said Yolunda Harrell, CEO of New Hill Development Corporation.
Charlottesville Deputy City Manager Sam Sanders attended the event.
“It’s absolutely a great opportunity to see the Go Cook program live and see how it benefits people who watch culinary opportunities,” Sanders said.
Harrell says the program aims to bring more labor opportunities to the community, especially for black entrepreneurs.
Applications are now open for New Hill’s Food Business boot camp. It’s a program a bit like Go Cook. Participants can win up to $5,000 in grants for their future business and participate in a showcase, similar to the March 9 event.
It was definitely an opportunity to see some great food on the table, to socialize with a few people, and to get to know some new people in town,” Sanders said.
The goal is to create financial mobility in Charlottesville, especially among black entrepreneurs. It’s all in efforts to honor the once vibrant Vinegar Hill area.
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