Culinary Internship | CUESA

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Culinary Internship

CUESA (The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs.

CUESA seeks seasonal interns to support our Culinary Programs and major fundraising events.

Overview

The Farmers Market Culinary Intern will work with CUESA’s Culinary Programs Manager at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and in the CUESA office in the Ferry Building. Internship responsibilities are based on season and will include helping produce culinary demonstrations at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (Market to Table), helping organize CUESA’s annual fundraisers (Summer Celebration, Sunday Supper), general kitchen management, recipe development, and participation in educational and research projects relating to sustainable agriculture and seasonal foods.

Hours: Flexible, based on time of year. Need to be available most Saturdays

Pay: Unpaid (however, hours can be flexible to allow intern option of having a concurrent paying job)

Ongoing: Market to Table Demonstrations

CUESA’s Saturday Market to Table cooking demonstrations are conducted by restaurant chefs and cookbook authors to highlight seasonal products from the farmers market.  The program aims to inspire shoppers to eat seasonal, locally produced food and to help them learn more about their food and how to prepare it.

  1. Coordinate with chefs and farmers leading up to demonstrations.
  2. Create production plans and timelines for their demonstration, including recipe formatting and scaling, ingredient sourcing, and mise en place specifics.
  3. Act as culinary lead the day of the demonstrations: manage prep work, production, and cleanup by interfacing with the Culinary Programs Manager, culinary volunteers, and visiting chef teams; shop for ingredients in the market; and lead kitchen set up and break down.
  4. If needed, introduce the chefs and interview them during their demo.

Ongoing: Tour Guide

CUESA periodically hosts a Culinary Market Tour to increase market shoppers’ knowledge of available produce and how to cook with it. 

  1. Assist with farmer and seller check-ins.
  2. Assist with gathering materials for attendees (CUESA flyers, frequent shopper cards, recipes, etc.)
  3. Interact with farmers, sellers and attendees by guiding the tour or assisting with the tour.

Fundraiser: CUESA’s Summer Celebration

Sunday Supper is CUESA’s annual fundraiser held on a Sunday evening in June.  Planning begins in February.  The event consists of a walk-around tasting in the Ferry Building Marketplace for 500 guests.  Over 40 local chefs participate, along with California wineries, distilleries and breweries.  The intern will assist with the following responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate with participating chefs.
  2. Help source in-kind ingredient/product donations.
  3. Complete special projects related to the event.
  4. Be a culinary lead the day of the event.

Fundraiser: CUESA’s Annual Sunday Supper

Sunday Supper is CUESA’s annual fundraiser held on a Sunday in October.  Planning begins in May.  It is broken into two events: an appetizer reception for guests and a sit-down four-course dinner for 400 guests.  Over 30 local chefs participate, along with California wineries, distilleries and breweries.  The intern will assist with the following responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate with participating chefs and interface with Paula LeDuc Fine Catering.
  2. Help source in-kind ingredient/product donations.
  3. Complete special projects related to the event.
  4. Be a culinary lead the day of the event.

Planning and Development

This includes:

  1. Update Culinary Database and send out solicitation letters for the next year’s demonstrations.  Create the following year’s demonstration schedule.
  2. Research for the following year’s festivals.  Past festivals include the Citrus Celebration, Cherries Jubilee, the Tomato Festival, the Harvest Festival, and the Salmon Celebration.
  3. Organize the CUESA kitchen: replenish stocks and pantry- after a busy year of programming, the kitchen needs careful attention!

Other Projects

The intern may be assigned other research, culinary, and educational projects as needed.

To Apply

For more information or to apply for this internship, please contact Carrie Sullivan at 415-291-3276 x109 or carrie@cuesa.org.

 

About CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn More »