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Setting the table for opportunity

Catering service to provide ServSafe certification to aspiring young chefs
Chef/Owner Matt Zacek of Z’s Catering and BBQ in North Liberty. Zacek opened his business to provide aspiring young chefs real-world kitchen experience and ServSafe certification through catering events in the Corridor. His first six-week course, as part of the Worth Our Weight 2 program, will begin in January 2019. (photo by Cale Stelken)

NORTH LIBERTY– Matt Zacek always had a passion for cooking, but for decades never realized it beyond a family pastime.
“I’ve always had this ability to take an empty pantry and make a meal out of it,” he remarked. That is until about five years ago while watching an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The show featured a non-profit restaurant in California called Worth Our Weight, which serves as a culinary apprentice program for at-risk kids.
“It really struck a cord with both my wife and I as something we would really like to do,” Zacek recalled.

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