Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Clovis Culinary Center Spotlighted for Positive Community Impact
GV-Wire-1
By gvwire
Published 3 months ago on
January 25, 2024

Share

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

The Clovis Chamber of Commerce will honor Clovis Culinary Center with its Community Impact Award at the annual Salute to Business luncheon on Thursday.

The event honors Clovis business leaders, volunteers, organizations, and entrepreneurs.

The culinary center is a community commercial kitchen and business incubator dedicated to helping food entrepreneurs launch successful businesses in the central San Joaquin Valley.

It serves start-up caterers, food truck operators, bakers, small manufacturers of specialty foods, legal street vendors, wholesalers who sell to retail markets, and others starting part-time food businesses by providing business counseling and market development.

“The Clovis Culinary Center is honored to be recognized by the Clovis Chamber of Commerce,” said Shawn Miller, a founder and ongoing board member for the kitchen, in a news release. “This particular award is meaningful because it means the Culinary Center has made an impact with its clients and customers in the community — which has been the goal from Day 1.”

Created 600 Jobs Since 2018 Opening

Since opening in 2018, it has served 130 clients, helped launch numerous successful food businesses, and created 600 jobs.

The Brioche Lady, The Grazing Table, and The St. Francis Homeless Project are among the center’s success stories, the latter winning a $10,000 award during the Pressure Cooker competition at the MADE Central CA trade show in 2022. Another client, Saint Goods, won second-place honors at MADE in 2023.

Other recent successes include Dads Cookies, which has grown to include three brick-and-mortar locations, and Miguel’s Salsa, which was recently named the No. 1 place to eat in the Central Valley by Yelp.

There are currently 80 clients working out of the kitchen, many from historically underserved communities. The center also hosts cooking classes, workshops, fundraisers, and private dinners led by its chefs and members.

The program is funded through the city of Clovis, federal Community Development Block Grants, and private donations. For more information about Clovis Culinary Center and its programs, visit clovisculinarycenter.com.

Other Salute to Business Award Winners

The awards luncheon, which is sold out, is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District-Liberty Ballroom. The event honors Clovis business leaders, volunteers, organizations, and entrepreneurs.

This year’s recipients:

Einar Cook Leadership Award: Florence Dunn, president, California Health Sciences University

Business Person of the Year: Helder Domingos, president/CEO, Westech Systems, LLC, and Sol-Tek Solar

Business of the Year: Wawona Frozen Foods

Community Impact: Clovis Culinary Center

Clovis Chamber Director of the Year: Corey Stone, Cedar Avenue Recycling & Transfer Station

Clovis Chamber Ambassador of the Year: Joe Tabangcura, Tabangcura Insurance Agency

RELATED TOPICS:

DON'T MISS

Boeing’s Financial Woes Continue, While Families of Crash Victims Urge US to Prosecute

DON'T MISS

Police Tangle With Students in Texas and California as Wave of Campus Protest Against Gaza War Grows

DON'T MISS

Meet the Valley Republican Predicting a November Win Over Esmeralda Soria

DON'T MISS

Wired Wednesday: Construction Workers on 2018 Fresno Unified Project Still Not Paid

DON'T MISS

Slumping California Risks Losing World’s ‘5th Largest Economy’ Title

DON'T MISS

Ukraine Uses Long-Range Missiles Secretly Provided by US to Hit Russian-Held Areas, Officials Say

DON'T MISS

Upward Bound: Edison High’s Garcia Headed to Johns Hopkins

DON'T MISS

Boxing Star Ryan Garcia Wants to Meet Netanyahu, Pledges Aid for Gaza Children

DON'T MISS

Fong Won’t Debate Boudreaux, but We Get Hot Topic Answers Anyway

DON'T MISS

Legislation Pandering to Tribal Casinos Is a Bad Bet for Fresno Cardroom Employees

UP NEXT

Police Tangle With Students in Texas and California as Wave of Campus Protest Against Gaza War Grows

UP NEXT

Meet the Valley Republican Predicting a November Win Over Esmeralda Soria

UP NEXT

Slumping California Risks Losing World’s ‘5th Largest Economy’ Title

UP NEXT

Ukraine Uses Long-Range Missiles Secretly Provided by US to Hit Russian-Held Areas, Officials Say

UP NEXT

Upward Bound: Edison High’s Garcia Headed to Johns Hopkins

UP NEXT

Boxing Star Ryan Garcia Wants to Meet Netanyahu, Pledges Aid for Gaza Children

UP NEXT

Fong Won’t Debate Boudreaux, but We Get Hot Topic Answers Anyway

UP NEXT

Legislation Pandering to Tribal Casinos Is a Bad Bet for Fresno Cardroom Employees

UP NEXT

About 1 in 4 US Adults Over 50 Say They Expect to Never Retire, an AARP Study Finds

UP NEXT

Biden Signs a $95 Billion War Aid Measure With Assistance for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan

Wired Wednesday: Construction Workers on 2018 Fresno Unified Project Still Not Paid

8 hours ago

Slumping California Risks Losing World’s ‘5th Largest Economy’ Title

9 hours ago

Ukraine Uses Long-Range Missiles Secretly Provided by US to Hit Russian-Held Areas, Officials Say

11 hours ago

Upward Bound: Edison High’s Garcia Headed to Johns Hopkins

Local Education /

12 hours ago

Boxing Star Ryan Garcia Wants to Meet Netanyahu, Pledges Aid for Gaza Children

12 hours ago

Fong Won’t Debate Boudreaux, but We Get Hot Topic Answers Anyway

13 hours ago

Legislation Pandering to Tribal Casinos Is a Bad Bet for Fresno Cardroom Employees

13 hours ago

About 1 in 4 US Adults Over 50 Say They Expect to Never Retire, an AARP Study Finds

14 hours ago

Biden Signs a $95 Billion War Aid Measure With Assistance for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan

14 hours ago

Ancestry Website to Catalogue Names of Japanese Americans Incarcerated During World War II

15 hours ago

Boeing’s Financial Woes Continue, While Families of Crash Victims Urge US to Prosecute

Boeing said Wednesday that it lost $355 million on falling revenue in the first quarter, another sign of the crisis gripping the aircraft ma...

8 hours ago

8 hours ago

Boeing’s Financial Woes Continue, While Families of Crash Victims Urge US to Prosecute

8 hours ago

Police Tangle With Students in Texas and California as Wave of Campus Protest Against Gaza War Grows

CA District 27 Assembly candidate Joanna Garcia Rose
8 hours ago

Meet the Valley Republican Predicting a November Win Over Esmeralda Soria

8 hours ago

Wired Wednesday: Construction Workers on 2018 Fresno Unified Project Still Not Paid

9 hours ago

Slumping California Risks Losing World’s ‘5th Largest Economy’ Title

11 hours ago

Ukraine Uses Long-Range Missiles Secretly Provided by US to Hit Russian-Held Areas, Officials Say

Local Education /
12 hours ago

Upward Bound: Edison High’s Garcia Headed to Johns Hopkins

12 hours ago

Boxing Star Ryan Garcia Wants to Meet Netanyahu, Pledges Aid for Gaza Children

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend