Thursday, May 15, 2014

La Cucina Moves to Culinary Center

Anna Florio, who lost her Reading Terminal Market lease at the end of March to operate a cooking school in its demonstration kitchen, has moved to the Dorrance H. Hamilton Center of Culinary Enterprises, part of the non-profit Enterprise Center at 310 S. 48th Street.

La Cucina at the Market will offer similar programs at the center to what it offered at the market, according to Florio. These include cooking skills classes and a venue for kitchen-centric team-building events and private parties.

As it happens, the Center for Culinary Excellence has another former RTM vendor as its director: Delilah Winder, who operated the soul food restaurant at the market and other locations. The Culinary Center supports both established and start-up food businesses and food processors in need of commercial kitchen space and technical assistance. The Enterprise Center, founded in 1989 by the Wharton Small Business Development Center, provides access to capital, building capacity, business education and economic development opportunities to high-potential, minority entrepreneurs.

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