Wednesday, November 25, 2009

CKCA Student Chefs Serve 100 Meals At Masbia Flatbush

Flatbush -- In time for Thanksgiving, a kosher soup kitchen in the Midwood/Flatbush section of Brooklyn, operated by Masbia (, opened on Tuesday, November 24th with inaugural meals prepared by the students chefs at the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts (CKCA), under the supervision of CKCA Head Chef Instructor Avram Wiseman.

Approximately half a dozen culinary students from professional courses at CKCA ( donated their time following their classes. Masbia Community Kitchen lies directly across from the school, on Coney Island Avenue between Avenues J and K. The soup kitchen is located at the former Rimonim Restaurant, and is managed by Masbia's Aaron Sender.

Masbia and CKCA are working towards developing a strategy to cook fresh, hot meals for the Flatbush branch and possibly others on an ongoing basis.

At 4pm, when the community kitchen officially opened, CKCA students began serving meals they prepared at Masbia. Menu items included mushroom barley soup, roast chicken, rice with tomatoes, carrots with a pineapple glaze, and fresh fruit salad. The students and other volunteers served approximately 100 full meals to Masbia clients.

The Flatbush Masbia Community Kitchen is one of several Masbia soup kitchens to be opened in the New York area. The first Masbia soup kitchen opened in Boro Park last year, and recently another opened in Williamsburg. The next one will be located in Queens' Rego Park neighborhood. The project is under the management of Alexander Rapaport, executive director of Masbia.

The soup kitchen is now open to the public on Sunday through Thursday, from 4pm until 9pm. The address is 1372 Coney Island Avenue. For more information, please visit

Visitors and prospective students and volunteers are also welcome at CKCA, which is located at 1407 Coney Island Avenue. The next semester of professional training programs begins January 4th. For more information, please visit

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