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How Restaurant Week helps kids learn through the Urban Kitchen program

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YAKIMA, WA - All of the proceeds from Yakima's Restaurant Week are going towards a program called Urban Kitchen. It's a free 3-month business and culinary school teaching kids the basics of not only the kitchen but how to run a restaurant.

All of the restaurants participating are offering deals on their popular dishes, and they're inspiring Urban Kitchen students to create dishes just like theirs.

"I think it's just fun to see that the kids, they can see it and they say, 'oh, I can make that, or maybe I can learn to make that,'" said Julie Kirchhoff, Urban Kitchen's head chef.

The 15 students involved in the program right now are in the midst of putting on a pop-up restaurant that will open next week. The young chefs have created a German-Italian fusion menu, and will be cooking up all the dishes that evening.

"We spend a lot of time working through recipes and allowing them to let their creativity go wild," said Shawn Niles, founder and director of Urban Kitchen. "They are learning the fundamentals of cooking, but they're also able to take that creativity and just put it on a table."

If you haven't been able to make it out to eat at one of the many restaurants taking part in this, you still have time - it goes until this Saturday.

If you're interested in how you can help Urban Kitchen or maybe you want to sign your kids up, just visit this website:



YAKIMA, WA - Yakima's first restaurant week is underway where 11 restaurants are participating and giving back all their proceeds to Urban Kitchen. It's a free three month culinary and business school, open to kids ages 10- 21. It teaches kids the basics of not only the kitchen but how to run a restaurant as well. 

Founder and Director Shawn Niles works alongside Chef Julie Kirchhoff to show kids basic knife skills, how to differentiate flavors in foods and helps kids expand their palate and creativity when it comes to cooking.

With all proceeds from Yakima's Restaurant Week going towards Urban Kitchen, Shawn and Chef Julie urge you to go out to one of the 11 restaurants and order from their prefixed menu. If you can't attend but would like to donate or maybe sign your child up for the program, head on over to their website:

Restaurant week will be going on from March 23-31, 2018. All participating restaurants will offer a special menu that will reflect a 15-25% discount from standard menu prices.

Participating local restaurants in the Yakima Valley:

  • Apple Tree Restaurant

  • Birchfield Manor, ( 3/29 only)

  • Creekside West Bar & Grill

  • Norm’s of Yakima

  • Powerhouse Grill

  • Provisions Restaurant

  • Red Robin

  • Second Street Grill

  • Santiagos Restaurant

  • Yakima Steak Company

  • Valley Italian Pizza and Pasta

  • Additional restaurants are still signing up! To see more, visit the Facebook page: