Our Classroom Upgrade Thanks to Year 2 Bangkok Patana Students

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The Courageous Kitchen is a charity that believes the heat and fast paced nature of kitchens can forge leaders and build strong teams. The kitchen is a hands on classroom and our kitchen education includes basic cooking, food safety, and nutrition for disadvantaged youth. We also provide support for students to learn other invaluable skills such as English and math. In this quick update Dwight shares the progress on creating…

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Special Thanks to our NYC “I Eat Lao Food Popup” Attendees

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It’s still early in the days of Courageous Kitchen and we really appreciate everyone helping to let people know about the important work we’re doing in Bangkok. For this week’s popup event in New York, Dwight made a special thank you video (sidenote: apologies for the sweaty appearance, it really is burning up in Bangkok at the moment!) to both introduce the charity and thank everyone who has put in…

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Courageous Kitchen Granted Tax Exempt Status

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Big news out the kitchen today! We’ve officially been granted 501(c)3 tax exempt, public charity status by the US government. What does that mean? 501(c)3 refers to section of the federal tax code making some charities and foundations exempt from some taxes. US citizens and organizations making donations can claim them on their taxes, encouraging more people to give. More importantly, it is a prerequisite on many grant applications and…

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Spoon, Fork, and a Whole Lotta Heart

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We want our students and volunteers to know the most important ingredient in the kitchen is heart. That’s why we were proud to have Siri of the youtube channel Spoon, Fork, Heart to join a special cooking session where she taught two Thai recipes. “The chefs and foodies who make the biggest impression are the ones who love people, as much as they love food.” Siri isn’t the first friend…

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Food isn’t a Fun Topic for Everyone

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In the main community where Courageous Kitchen operates, people struggle to feed their families. It’s not uncommon in this poor neighborhood outside of Bangkok’s tourist sites to see families scavenging through the trash for leftovers that can be used to feed their families. “Food isn’t a Fun Topic for Everyone” Often, this includes children who can dig through trash piles without drawing ire or attention from those nearby. So when…

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A Safe Place to Fail is an Easy Place to Learn

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In a way, the kitchen is just like the real world. It can be a scary place to navigate on your own. Each of us need people who guide us into life’s arenas and illuminate us with wisdom that makes what was dark and and dangerous seem familiar and even friendly. “A safe place to fail is an easy place to learn…” That’s the goal of the Courageous Kitchen. We…

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