Fresh Choice Kitchens


GVFB trains and supports community kitchen facilitators. We offer a variety of workshops and support to our network of trainers. Our workshops can be tailored to meet your community's needs upon request. Contact us for further information.

Our Workshop Schedule

For dates of our upcoming workshops, view our Community Kitchen home page.   If you would like to be added to an email list to be notified of our news and workshops, please  contact us to subscribe.

Workshop Descriptions

Community Kitchen Leadership Workshop

During this 6-hour workshop, community kitchen leaders will have the opportunity to find out more about community kitchens, different ways a group can work and how you can lead or start a community kitchen. Learn the history of the community kitchen movement and the effect it has had around the province. Hear about the different kitchen models that run successfully in our communities. Experience a community kitchen first hand!

Details: $45.00  Lunch will be provided.
Registration is limited to 15 people.
See photos from previous workshops.

Community Kitchen Roundtable

This free, 2-hour roundtable is an opportunity for community kitchen leaders to meet, share and hear about others' kitchen activities, challenges and successes. Come to our Vancouver office to participate in person or participate remotely via teleconferencing.
Details: Free to attend.

Train-the-Trainer Canning Workshop

This two-day workshop (7 hrs each day including lunch break) is for those who want to teach canning classes in their community.

  • Learn up-to-date safe canning practices as well as theoretical and practical techniques.
  • Review old and new canning equipment and tools.
  • Discuss the various canning products and ingredients on the market today.
  • Find out about canning and safe food handling resources available to you.
  • Discuss how to run a canning workshop that best suits your community's needs.

Participants must be:

  • Experienced in canning
  • Community agency representatives who will be running community canning classes

Details: $175.00 per person
Bring your own lunch.
Registration is limited to 10 people.

We can offer this workshop in other locations. Please contact us for more information.
See photos from previous workshops.

FOODSAFE Level One Courses

This 7-hour, provincially-recognized course is intended for community kitchen leaders who want to learn the basics about safe, food handling in a friendly, classroom environment. Qualified instructors answer all of your food-safety questions:

  • What should we be concerned with when handling food in our kitchens?
  • What are best, safe food-handling practices?

Our FOODSAFE Level One course is only offered in our Vancouver office twice a year.  For dates of our upcoming workshops, view our Community Kitchen home page.  For FOODSAFE Level One courses in other parts of BC, please visit the FOODSAFE website.

Details: Sliding scale $50.00 – $95.00 per person
Lunch not included - please bring your own lunch.
Registration is limited to 20 people.
Because of the certification process there will be a final test at the end of the course; therefore, this course is suitable for individuals who have a grade 8 or higher reading comprehension level.

Knife Skills

This one day workshop will describe the different types of knives as well as care and maintenance techniques. The instructors will demonstrate different methods on cutting various food products including fish, meats, and poultry. Discussions on ways to reduce food waste during food preparation is an integral part of this workshop. A full delicious healthy lunch menu will be prepared and shared by the participants!

Details: $45.00  Lunch will be provided.
Registration is limited to 15 people.

See photos from previous workshops.