Steamers Prep Kitchen opened in early 2014 with the purpose of providing employment and training in a safe environment to people of differing abilities. Jack’s was outgrowing it’s little kitchen, and we found that we had the capabilities of employing more people with developmental disabilities, but we didn’t have the space! With a lot of elbow grease and help from a fundraising campaign, we were able to build a commercial kitchen directly across the street from Jack’s and Steamers Coffeehouse — aptly named Steamers Prep Kitchen.
What is a Prep Kitchen?
A prep kitchen is a commercial kitchen in which time and energy is spent ‘prepping food’.
Before our prep kitchen, we had to prep all of our food in our little kitchen—and space was tight! Now we have room to stretch out and in turn, employ more people with developmental disabilities. We hire and train people with all types of abilities to work in our commercial kitchen. We ‘prep’ all the food and make all of the baked goods for Steamers Coffeeshop and Jack’s bar and grill, as well as produce and process all the jam for “A Different Kind of Jam by Steamers.” Everything produced by Steamers Prep Kitchen is made from scratch, using the freshest ingredients, and is made with patience, care and love.
“What is the Goal of a Prep Kitchen?”
Our goal is to have the individuals we train in our prep kitchen obtain the skills of working in a commercial kitchen while they are here, so they can move on to kitchens all over Denver and Colorado. By working in our prep kitchen, employees not only learn safe knife skills, cleaning skills and cooking skills, but they also gain the confidence that comes with a job well done! This confidence translates into other parts of their life, improving their spirit and everyday lives outside of work. It is a wonderful thing to see and be a part of! So remember, every baked good you buy, jar of jam you buy or story that you share about Steamers Coffeeshop, Jack’s Bar and Grill or Steamers Prep Kitchen, YOU are helping to change lives!