St. Michael Special School

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The new Emeril’s Culinary Center at St. Michael Special School opened in Fall 2008. It has two apartment style kitchens, and a commercial kitchen.

“We love you, Chef Emeril.” - Students of St. Michael

Teaching Independence to Special Needs Students

St. Michael Special School, a cause dear to the heart of Chef Emeril Lagasse for over 20 years, received funds to renovate its Life Skills Academic Lab and Kitchen Classroom into Emeril’s Culinary Center. In the bright new learning space, enhanced vocational training will increase independence and confidence in the students, who will develop the life skills necessary to become self sufficient living on their own. The lab is outfitted with two apartment style kitchens as well as with professional cooking equipment.

Ground broke on this renovation on March 10, 2008 and construction was completed for Fall 2008. With an additional grant, ELF provided equipment and furnishings as well as guidance on creative culinary lessons and on additional programming needs.

At Carnivale du Vin 2012, Emeril Lagasse Foundation honored the memory of late Principal Jane Silva, and held a special fundraising campaign among the guests. A significant fund was raised to renovate the school’s performance space for the special students, or “Blue Roses,” as Mrs. Jane called them, to shine.