Veteran Culinary Program

The Mission:
Support Our Veterans

The mission of Troop Café is to provide training and employment opportunities for U.S. Veterans with disabilities or disadvantages who seek greater independence. This culinary program is designed to help Veterans attain their personal, economic and educational goals. They can achieve economic and social independence through meaningful employment.

Part of our goal is to provide real life work experience to Veterans; adding fundamental skill sets to individuals, which in return, will lead to long term employment.

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I have had several bouts of homelessness. At the time I found out about the Culinary Arts Program at Troop Café, I was four days into getting an apartment as I had been living in my car.

Gerry Baxter – Culinary Program Valedictorian & Owner of “A Tasty Bite of Heaven”

Gerry Braxter served in the military from 1992-1994. After her discharge, she says she struggled with PTSD and numerous other health issues. However, she always held on to her love of cooking. Braxter is one of several dozen veterans who have benefitted from employment and training at Troop Café. The program, run by The Center for Veterans Issues, LTD., provides vets with on the job training to enter the hospitality field. Chef Derek Small, a veteran himself, leads the program.

The Veteran Culinary Program is a
Supportive Employment Training Program through
the Center For Veterans Issues, LTD.

Are you a Veteran needing support in you
and your families life?

Visit our website to learn more and to contact us!

We will prepare Veterans with the work and life skills necessary
for success on the job in the food service industry.

Graduates from Troop Café Culinary Institute will have demonstrated a strong work ethic, good attendance,
skills competency, a positive attitude and solid customer service skills.
Work and Life Skills such as professionalism, customer service, and teamwork.
Ware washing
ServSafe (with the possibility to gain a certification)
Kitchen vocabulary
Kitchen equipment and utensils
Cleaning chemicals
Knife Skills
Time and temperature
Line Service
Food preparation

"We need candidates that are well trained and conscientious team members that have pride and confidence in their work."

– Food Industry Employers

Troop Café


Veteran Graduate


Contact CVI about the Culinary Program