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Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is delighted to announce that beginning Aug. 3, our Cafe operations will be powered by Edibolic Kitchen in an innovative new partnership that will also provide career training and job opportunities for our adults.

Learn more at our Grand Opening on Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cafe on the second floor of 1040 Whalley Avenue. The new cafe will be called Chaps Bistro. We will be serving breakfast and lunch beginning Tuesday. With seating for 20 to 25 customers at a time, Chaps Bistro will be a fully operational on-campus restaurant. open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. five days a week? The cafe will continue to have a core staff of our own CHSC adults, with Tarin Perry of Edibolic Kitchen serving as the on-site manager. Evening special events are in the planning stages, and Edibolic will also be available to cater special events for our adults, their families and our staff.

And stay tuned for exciting news for Cafe Connections in the SAIL building, which is temporarily closed but will reopen under Edibolic’s management soon with an enticing menu of healthful options, plus a frozen yogurt machine and smoothie bar!

Danielle Chiaraluce, Executive Director of CareerAbility, said she is especially excited about the training and employment opportunities the new partnership will provide.

“We know that many of our adults have an interest in jobs or training in the culinary field,” she said. “With the launch of this new partnership, we look forward to providing on-campus training, work experiences and skill building for our adults. CareerAbility looks forward to working with Edibolic to develop curriculum and instructional materials that encompass employability skills, functional academics, transition, job development, and job readiness. Edibolic has the professional experience to provide true meaningful employment and training opportunities for our adults.”

Edibolic Kitchen is no stranger to CHSC. When the pandemic hit, CHSC’s Wellness Director Ryan McEachern reached out to Edibolic Kitchen. Ryan wanted to find a way to have nutritious and delicious meals delivered safely to campus. What started as 50-60 meals per week quickly grew to about 300 meals per week! It remains at this amount ~ or higher ~ each week!

“Families, staff, and individuals love the fact that their favorite meals are made in a healthier and balanced way, while the weekly specials keep things fresh and interesting,” Ryan said. “Individuals not only love the taste, but these meals help them function on a day-to-day basis. There is something great for each meal of the day that includes
optimal calories for energy and weight management, protein from quality sources, vitamins and minerals from fresh veggies, and healthy carbs loaded with fiber. There are even KETO-friendly options for those that have dietary restrictions. Individuals on these plans have been able to get control of their weight, have access to quality foods when cooking isn’t an option, and also develop better eating habits. A few students even lost 15+lbs when paired with our 1:1 training and group exercise classes.”

About Edibolic Kitchen

Edibolic Kitchen is based in West Haven, CT and is a gourmet health food company that caters to health-conscious individuals. The company prepares and provides nutritious meals based on metabolic dietary needs and food preferences and is currently providing meals in 60 towns across CT. Check out a recent interview with owner Josh Wechsler on WTNH here

View Edibolic Kitchen’s website here

Josh Wechsler founded Edibolic Kitchen in 2012 after he saw a need to bring healthy food and nutrition to anyone trying to be fit. He graduated from the internationally recognized culinary school of Johnson & Wales, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Nutrition and an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts. Josh found his passion in the kitchen at the age of 16 when he realized that he needed to lose weight. His experimenting in the kitchen allowed him to discover healthy alternatives to the usual high fat, sugary, and processed foods.

Tarin Perry will be the on-site kitchen manager for the new partnership.  Tarin is a Veteran. She served in the United
States Marine Corps. She grew up in West Haven, CT & attended Stratford University, where she received her Associates of Applied Science in Health Sciences. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA, Dean’s List, President’s List, and Magna Cum Laude.
Tarin attended Conncat to pursue her Culinary dreams and graduated with a 4.0 GPA and on the President’s List. She   completed her externship with the prestigious Forks and Fingers Catering Company. Her passion is working within geriatrics.
She will be the On-Site Kitchen Manager with Edibolic Kitchen working at Chapel Haven

About CareerAbility and the new CHSC Cafe Training Program

CareerAbility staff have met with Edibolic Kitchen for several months to develop this exciting new partnership. You can learn more about this new initiative here 

Have a question? Reach out to Danielle Chiaraluce