Come to Mercado Esperanza, May 20
Come to Mercado Esperanza, May 20

The second Mercado Esperanza of the season will bring food, art and music to Joyce Kilmer Park (143 Joyce Kilmer Ave.) in New Brunswick from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 20. The Mercado features vendors and local entrepreneurs, artists and musicians. It is operated collaboratively by Elijah’s...

Here Comes … the Wedding Cake!
Here Comes … the Wedding Cake!

All eyes are on the bride and her gown when she walks down the aisle, but once the vows are taken and the festivities underway, another key element is – often quite literally – front and center: the wedding cake. Thanks to TV shows like “Cake Boss” and online “pinboards” like Pinterest...

Soufflés & Sorbets at Promise Culinary
Soufflés & Sorbets at Promise Culinary

“We eat with the eyes first,” declared Chef Aaron Vannetta after teaching a lesson on decorative plating  to Promise Culinary School students last week. The class was concluding a unit on sweet, light soufflés and cool and creamy sorbets – desserts that tempt the palate with their appeal to the...

Join Us for Food, Fun & Music, April 21 & 22
Join Us for Food, Fun & Music, April 21 & 22

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J – Elijah’s Promise will bring a weekend of outdoor music, food and fun to New Brunswick, April 21 and 22, with an Earth Day Fest at Promise Garden on Tabernacle Way and the spring opening of the new Esperanza Mercado on Joyce Kilmer Avenue. The Earth Day Fest at Promise Garden...

A ‘Meaty’ Lesson with Chef Rachel
A ‘Meaty’ Lesson with Chef Rachel

As Promise Culinary School students progress through the program, they tackle new units each week on various food types and preparation techniques involving both classroom instruction and kitchen work. Last week, Chef Rachel Weston, adjunct instructor and PCS graduate, led the students through...

Ammon Foundation Grant to Support PCS Student
Ammon Foundation Grant to Support PCS Student

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Ammon Foundation of Linden, the philanthropic arm of Ammon Labs, will help fund the tuition of an individual in addiction recovery enrolled at Elijah’s Promise’s culinary school this summer. The scholarship grant fulfills a mission of both organizations to help change...

More than halfway to graduation!
More than halfway to graduation!

With spring finally in the air, students at Promise Culinary School have completed more than half of the 19-week program on their way to graduation this June. For Jennifer, a single mom and domestic violence survivor, the road has had its share of bumps. “Right now, it’s getting a little harder...

Growing Food & Culture Businesses
Growing Food & Culture Businesses

Elijah's Promise is excited to partner with Rising Tide Capital to offer their Community Business Academy (CBA) to Promise Culinary School students and New Brunswick residents. As part of the Mercado Esperanza project funded through the Kresge Foundation and OFBINJ offered in partnership with...

April Kicks Off Hub City Sounds!
April Kicks Off Hub City Sounds!

Elijah's Promise is thrilled to partner for another amazing year with Hub City Sounds! This Annual Festival showcases local, nationally and internationally renowned performing artists and supports the local music scene featuring genres from funk, punk and Latin to jazz and much more. This year...

Students Learn Life Skills From Wegmans’ Pros
Students Learn Life Skills From Wegmans’ Pros

Promise Culinary School students recently traded their white aprons for street clothes and turned their focus from food to life skills, as they began the process of launching their professional careers with the help of a leadership team from Wegmans, one of the region’s most respected...

‘Cookie Day’ is a Sweet Success!
‘Cookie Day’ is a Sweet Success!

‘Cookie Day’ is one of the instructional highlights at Promise Culinary School. Not only can students show off their new skills, but they also are able to enjoy the sweets of their labor when the day is over. Every hands-on cooking class begins with a formal lesson about the foods they’ll be...

Fragrant Fruits in the PCS Kitchen
Fragrant Fruits in the PCS Kitchen

Walk into the busy Promise Culinary School kitchen on any given class day and you’re likely to be overwhelmed by the delightful aromas emanating from the students’ current project. That was the case recently when Jennifer and her classmates were grilling fruits that they had first brushed with a...