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Sankofa Community Kitchen Members

Learn about the incredible food coming out of our community kitchen program.

The Sankofa Community Kitchen has a diverse range of members, from family-owned businesses to non-profits. The food coming out of our kitchen is as eclectic as the West End community around it.

Donnell’s Bakery

We are a family-owned bakery specializing in cheesecake and cookies. Wendell is from Kansas City, KS and always wanted to start his own business, and learned how to do that at a class he took at Commonwealth Kitchen. Nicole is from Boston, MA, she is currently employed at Boston Medical Center full time, but part time she is Wendell’s partner in the kitchen. Both have the passion and love for baking because they both watched and helped their mother’s bake in their younger years. They call themselves the Dynamic Duo because they don’t just bake, they bake just like their parents did with loads of love.

Donnell’s Bakery was established in 2018 based out of Jamaica Plain, MA. We are considered an online bakery only where our customers can request delivery through our website www.donnellsbakery.com

Our bakery is special because we bake with love and our products will always be fresh for our customers.

Distinguish Catering

Aspiring to be an entrepreneur at a young age, Jessica pursued her passion at the age of 22. She is a Johnson & Wales graduate in Food Service Management/ Entrepreneurship. Born in the United States, she is the first generation back in America with her parents originating from Monrovia, Liberia. She developed cooking skills and techniques through her heritage and aspired to create a new avenue.

The food she prepares is referred to as Afrocentric Soul food, which is derived from ingredients based from Liberia, with a southern soul food edge. She expands the edge by applying her culinary techniques to add a gourmet experience.

Brother and Moffat

Two brothers of African descent, immigrated to the United States from Lisbon, Portugal in 2004 looking to be part of the American Dream and the pursuit of happiness. They looked for work while attending high school and found jobs quickly as dishwashers and busboys at local restaurants. Coming from a rich culinary background, they took interest in expanding their skills in cooking.

They rapidly climbed the ladder from prep cooks to sous chefs. They worked in several restaurants and catering companies, from Brazilian Churraquiera to classic upscale Italian dining. They were fortunate to work with many talented chefs and acquired a wide variety of techniques, from fruit carving to sous vide. Their ability and culinary experience leave them comfortable preparing whatever their clients heart's desire. There are no limitations on what type of cuisine or cooking methods need to be achieved, this includes cakes and delicious desserts. They cater everything from weddings to private dinners. Brother and Moffat also specialize in healthy, calorie minded meals. They work in partnership with several local gyms and with professional athletes.

It has been a true pleasure and privilege for them to be given the opportunity to work with Sankofa Kitchen and West Elmwood Housing Corporation to make their humble dreams a reality. They truly are the American Dream.

The Center for Dynamic Learning

The Center for Dynamic Learning inspires youth to cultivate career readiness and workforce skills through science, art and theatre programs.

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