LAKitchen1The Culinary Trust’s Programs

We focus on three core areas:

  • Supporting innovative community-supported hunger relief:

    Our Richard Sax Food Action Grant. This grant is typically awarded to an organization in the city hosting the annual International Association of Culinary Professionals conference. In 2018, the conference will be in New York City. Applications for those grants will open in September 2017.

  • Encouraging Food Writing that Makes a Difference

    In addition to sponsoring awards of the same name each year, we also host two workshops annually to empower emerging and seasoned writers to tackle important issues in food. These are supported by our Growing Leaders grant. In 2017-18, these programs are:

    • Food in 2 Worlds: A weekend intensive to train writers to tell stories of immigrant food cultures via audio. Developed by the award-winning team behind Feet in 2 Worlds, this program is held at the New School in New York. Dates for 2018 are TBD.
    • The Food Op-Ed Program: The Trust provided monetary support for this program developed by the University of the Pacific in partnership with the Op-Ed Project. The goal: to provide training and support to encourage more op-ed pieces in major media on critical issues in food.
    • Food Writing Fellowships program began in 2016 in partnership with the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. The 2016 Fellowship cohort has been selected. The opportunities and timeline for the 2017 Fellowship program will be announced in the fall.
  • Empowering passionate leaders tackling important issues in food

    These programs are funded via our Jacques Pepin Educational Grants and Scott Givot Leadership Grants. These grants are awarded every other year.

Individual and Project Grants

Our cause-driven grant opportunities include start up and “step ahead” funding for programs and projects that address critical food issues, and those issues can be identified and defined by the applicant. Examples of critical issues The Trust will fund include food access and combatting hunger, food sovereignty, environment, food labor, child nutrition, cooking education, and recapturing the lost art of cooking for families and communities.

 The Culinary Trust is the philanthropic foundation of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, with a mission to provide culinary professionals the tools and opportunities to understand and act on critical issues in food.