I had the awesome opportunity to shoot photos at Project Feast’s Ubuntu Street Cafe in Kent, WA last week. Under the helm of seasoned local chef, Lisa Nakamura, these students are receiving a first class culinary education. Learning the art of cooking, working the line in a restaurant and learning English, among other life skills, Project Feast is setting new immigrants and refugees up for success and they pave a new path in the United States.
Project Feast’s mission? “Transforming the lives of refugees and immigrants by providing pathways to sustainable employment in the food industry, and enriching communities through intercultural exchange.” Sounds good to me.
At the end of our shoot, I was able to sit and enjoy family meal with the team and a few supporters of the program. It was inspiring to hear their first hand stories of hope as well of what life was like in their native land. English was still a struggle for many of them but they were making an effort to try. I have high hopes for this group and feel confident that under Chef Lisa’s direction, they will succeed.
You can dine at Ubuntu Street Cafe Wednesday through Friday, 11am-1pm. The cafe is located at 202 W Gowe S t Kent, WA 98032 | 253-236-5297