Students Learn a Lesson in the Kitchen and Community


CG Sophomore Janet Sakouvogui holds up a plate her sushi creations.

By: Sarah Tracy-Wanck, Youth Leadership for Community Food Security

Common Ground students partnered with Yale Psychiatry Wellness Initiative and Miya’s Sushi on January 28th to make sushi for a good cause. The dinner benefited The Emmanuel Baptist Homeless Shelter and was open to the public. Over 50 guests attended contributing $1,100, which will help the shelter continue to serve our community.

Students Sabrina, Jenny, Janet and CJ practiced their sushi making skills for three weeks prior to the event through an internship at Miya’s. They learned terminology, what tools to use, and techniques to make the perfect role, by the end they were creating their own tasty recipes.

The event allowed for a learning opportunity in the both the kitchen and in giving back to the community.  “It’s not enough to be able to make good food for those who can afford it,” summarized Bun Lai, owner and chef of Miya’s,  “We have to feed everybody, especially those who cannot feed themselves.”


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