Chefs Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts of Da Kiko Kiko, Hudson House, Playa Provisions, the Tripel, and Small Batch Ice Cream will be honored as Chefs of the Year at the debut of the Taste of St. Joseph’s Center food and drink festival on Thursday, Feb. 28, at Playa Studios. Twenty-one food and eight beverage sponsors will provide signature menu items and cocktails, in addition to guest chef demos, to raise funds for the St. Joseph’s Culinary Training program.

There will be Insta-worthy photo opps at the Tag Me photo booth and Dunkin’ Donuts donut wall.

Participants include Huckleberry Bakery and Cafe, which will be cooking up organic chicken pot pie with house-made biscuits. Other eateries on the ticket include Butcher’s Daughter, Tocaya Playa Vista, Blue Plate Oysterette and Pali Wines.  Art's Table will be serving Cuban style Tony Montana corn, Ashland Hill  has shishito mac and cheese on the menu and Margo's will be handing out burrata crostini with cherry tomatoes and basil.

The Culinary Training Program is a vocational training program that teaches formerly homeless and low-income individuals cooking skills that can equip them for jobs in the service and food industries. Students from the program secure externships in L.A. kitchens such as Bottega Louie, Petit Trois, Sunny Spot and the Ritz-Carlton.

St. Joseph Center in Venice is an independent non­profit that helps provide working poor families, as well as homeless men, women and children, with the resources and tools to become productive and self-supporting members of the community. It reaches more than 10,000 individuals annually through a variety of integrated programs.

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