Heat of the Kitchen

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Perhaps you’re wondering why we continually insist on telling you stories of Alice Cravens and Ida B. Wells. The reason is simple – she’s an incredibly inspiring woman. That’s it. Alice is one of those people that after a conversation with her ends, life’s priorities are shifted, and you’re left with a longing to do more. For Nopalize, that has meant a longing to share more of her story, and the story of Ida B. Wells High School’s Heat of the Kitchen program.

Chef Cravens, once worked at the iconic Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, now presides over a kitchen classroom of at-risk teenagers. For the last four years, Alice has taught team, life and professional skills to dozens of students in a simulated commercial kitchen. It is because of Alice’s work that we’ve been inspired to do “our part”, helping to create a garden, and now, (Nopa Manager) Heather Murphy is designing simulated hospitality training for these students – because Alice just has that effect on you.

Many thanks to Joshua Moore who produced this film on behalf of Nopalize.