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Oct 8, 2013
07:13 PMThe Connecticut Table
The Village Cafe in New Haven: Eat Well and Do Good in the Process
Mara Lavitt/New Haven Register
The All-American Burger with lettuce, tomato, ketchup and choice of cheese. Here with baked, beer-battered French fries.
Night owls will remember a Whalley Avenue watering hole called the Village Pub, but now it’s been transformed into an early-bird’s hangout dubbed The Village Cafe.
Run by the social services organization Marrakech, Inc., The Village Cafe is a 12-16 week, food-services training program. Marrakech clients learn everything from cleaning to customer service to the actual culinary skills.
“Marrakech, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation serving over 1,900 men, women, and children who face mental, economic, physical, and psychiatric barriers, through a range of programs designed to meet housing, employment, training, and community participation needs,” says the website. Besides the experience, clients get a beefed-up resume from their work at The Village Cafe. Since its beginning in 2009, over 20 clients have found work in the the food-services arena in the greater New Haven area.
But the best part about The Village Cafe is that it’s a great place to get breakfast or lunch, eat-in or take-out. Managed by Michele DuBois who oversees the kitchen and the front of the house, the Cafe is a cozy place to stop by for a bite.