Speaker - Michael Curtin

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After graduating from Williams College in 1986 with a BA in Religion, Mike lived and worked in Osaka, Japan as a teacher, copywriter, and bartender at his neighborhood pub. Upon returning to the US, Mike began a 20-year career in the hospitality business, which included owning and operating his own restaurant, The Broad Street Grill in Falls Church Virginia, before joining DC Central Kitchen in 2004. Drawing on his experiences in the restaurant business, Mike has spent significant time expanding the Kitchen's revenue generating social enterprise initiatives. Under his leadership, DC Central Kitchen's Fresh Start Catering has expanded from traditional catering opportunities to include contracts to provide locally-sourced, scratched-cooked meals to schools in DC. DC Central Kitchen's Nutrition Lab facility, funded and launched under Mike's leadership, has allowed DCCK to take on more contracts, rapidly increase investments in purchasing from local farms, and improve production efficiency. Due to its many social service programs, the Kitchen now employs over 130 people, approximately 40 percent of whom are graduates of the Kitchen's nationally recognized Culinary Job Training Program, and social enterprise now accounts for roughly 65 percent of their total operating budget. Mike is a Chair Emeritus of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington and a Board Member for The Common Market in Philadelphia. He also is on the Advisory Board of DC Greens and Catalyst Kitchens, the Leadership Council of DC Hunger Solutions, and an Advisory Board member for the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School. The Kitchen has received numerous accolades under Mike's guidance, including: The Mayor's Environmental Excellence Award , the Washington Business Journal's Green Business Award for Innovation, and The DC Chamber of Commerce 2012 Community Impact Award. Mike is also a recipient of the 2010 Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership. Mike lives with his wife Maureen and their three children, Maeve, Michael III and Ciara, in Falls Church, VA.

1 Program

The Community of Food

10.21.14 | 00:26:17 min | 0 comments