Our Mission

Curt’s Café improves outcomes for young adults living in at-risk situations through work and life skills training.

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January 13th, 20th & 27th

Thursday Dinner & DialoguePICK UP A MEAL. “GATHER” FRIENDS & FAMILY. DINE & DIALOGUE!

  1. Order preset delicious meals by 2PM Tuesday for you and your friends. Email Amy at catering@curtscafe.org  and provide number of meals, contact info and which café for pick up.

  2. Pick up your meals Thursday at our Evanston or Highland Park Café from 3-6 pm. Please let us know if you need to adjust your contactless pick up time.

  3. Heat your meal, set the table and pull out your “Dialogue Sheet.” Enjoy!

 

JANUARY 20TH

Salmon and Shrimp Pasta with Mixed Vegetables & Garlic Bread, Greek Salad
VEGETARIAN OPTION: Vegetable Pasta

JANUARY 27th

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with Mashed Potatoes & Asparagus, Arugula Salad w/Balsamic Dressing
VEGETARIAN OPTION: Savory Quinoa Salad

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What's so good about 3%?

It is the recidivism rate at Curt's Cafe! Which means that since opening in 2012 only 3% of our students have returned to prison. State and National rates are both above 80%. We are so proud of our students and the futures they are building after completing our program.

What's New?

Everything about our food and our events, our mission, our students, poetry, social justice resources, culinary tips & healthy recipes

LEADING A GOOD LIFE

I listened to a speaker recently and was mesmerized as he spoke about Leading A Good Life.  He said, “the ingredient to leading the good life was not expensive, not hard to get, not available to only a few, not scarce and there was no talent required”. 

As a cook he had me at “ingredient”, but I listened closely, and it really made me think of my work at Curt’s Cafe.  He said all you must do to live a Good Life is fill your life with goodness, love, kindness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity – which are the real ingredients that makes Curt’s what it is. 

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Holiday greetings from the staff and students at Curt’s

As we continue to navigate through the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, we were able to reopen both cafes in June.  Through it all, 2021 was a successful year for Curt‘s Cafe. Over 50 new students participated in our program and many graduates returned – some just to check in and others needing additional support, which we provided. Our popular Dinner & Dialogue program allowed us to engage in meaningful conversations while the cafes were closed and we are thrilled that this program continues to thrive today.
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Curt’s 9th Annual Gala

Curt’s Café Virtual Party With Purpose
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2

6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Join us as we celebrate our students’ strength, resiliency and success in our first ever student led virtual event.

Cost: $100
Sponsorships available starting at $250

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Curt's Team

We are dedicated to providing quality training to underserved young adults and providing quality food service.

curts team

Thank You to Our Sponsors

2020 sponsors

David and Lizzie Graham

David and Frances Griffin

Beth Lewis Team, Cross Country Mortgage

 

The Big Dream

Came True Because Of You!
The Highland Park Café officially opened October 29, 2019

Curt’s Café Highland Park

Two years ago, a team from the organization, Open Communities, took on the goal of making social change in their community. Their desired method was to open a Curt’s Café in Highland Park (CC3). We hope CC3 will become the location of our next cafe, increasing the number of young adults Curt’s Café serves. The amazing and committed professionals at Open Communities have already worked for a full year introducing the idea to the community. WE OPENED THE CAFÉ ON OCTOBER 29TH WITH RAVE REVIEWS. WE LOVE OUR NEWEST COMMUNITY AND FEEL WELCOMED AND RIGHT AT HOME!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED TO THE OPENING AND ALSO FOR BELIEVING IN OUR STUDENTS AND OUR NEW COMMUNITY. If you would like to donate specifically to our Highland Park Café please write that in the memo section of the donation.

EVANSTON Hours

2922 Central Street | Evanston | (847) 868-8385
Tue - Sat
8am - 3pm
Sun & Mon
closed.

HIGHLAND PARK HOURS

1766 2ND STREET | HIGHLAND PARK | (847) 748-8086
Tue - Sat
8am - 3pm
Sun & Mon
closed.

DO YOU NEED HELP GETTING A JOB?

Curts Café is a workforce training program that offers learning opportunities in Workforce Development, Life Skills Support, and Experiential Opportunities.

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