News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

July 24, 2012

Inmates cookin’ up something for when they get out of prison

CARLISLE — Monday’s lunch special at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility featured root beer floats, fettucini, salad and bread sticks — made by nine offenders who have completed a 78-week food services program.

Those nine are the prison’s first graduates of the Aramark-coordinated food service Workmate class. They now have job skills that could benefit them when released from prison in the future.

“Doing this was something I found positive,” offender Danjo Graziano on Monday at the graduation ceremony in the prison chapel. “I can actually use this rather than sit around.”

Graziano and the eight others in the program now have five-year certifications for the  ServSafe program, which includes a National Restaurant Association test. They are also certified as apprentices by the Department of Labor.

By preparing three meals per day for the 2,100 people housed at the prison near Carlisle in Sullivan County, in a year’s time, the nine offenders will have prepared more than 2.25 million meals.

Those meals include casseroles, hamburgers and other breakfast, lunch and dinner food, in addition to the fresh favorites program that allows offenders to order pizza and other food through a commissary-type program. The newly certified kitchen team will also prepare the fresh favorites.

  “The food service industry needs experienced, well-trained professionals, which the courses help provide,” said Lisa Bock, Wabash Aramark food service director.

The classes, taught by assistant food service director Jason English, take students through kitchen basics such as hygiene, equipment and sanitation. Those students scoring 75 percent or better on a test advance to phase two, which is the retail basics of how to run a business. Those offenders learned about customer services, operations and marketing for the business.

The third segment of the class is the ServSafe exam, which Aramark’s Melissa Hess said is a $145 value, and not easy to pass. The national average score on the ServSafe exam is 82 percent, she said, and 75 percent is a passing grade. Two of the WVCF offenders got 96 percent on their two-hour tests, while the group as a whole averaged 88 percent.

Prison Superintendent Richard Brown said he is not surprised by the high scores of the WVCF group.

“It says a lot about you guys,” Brown said.

Graziano said he enjoyed cooking at home before he went to WVCF, and he has now learned to cook large quantities of food at one time.

“I’ve always enjoyed cooking,” he said. “When I came here, I didn’t have nothing better to do than get a job, so I decided to get in the program.

“I look forward to being certified with the state. Hopefully, a time will come when I can actually use this,” Graziano said.

His favorite meal to cook for fellow offenders is spaghetti. The secret to getting the pasta right is to let the sauce simmer for a while.

“You can’t just hurry and serve it up,” he said.

Being in the program has been a challenge for many of the participants.

English said the program started about five years ago, but it lacked structure and it was dropped. However, he was put in charge of it, and by setting goals and a timeline, the offenders worked their way through to success.

“If you know anything about the kitchen, you know they don’t last too long in there,” he said some of the offenders who have tried working in food service.

Graziano agreed that the program has not always been easy.

“There were times I didn’t think I was going to make it,” he said. But he is encouraged by the positive comments from fellow inmates.

“I’ve actually had guys come from other facilities and say they can’t believe how good the food is here,” he said.

Bock said that future employers will be impressed by the skills learned by the offenders. Those who won’t be leaving the prison for several years will also have the opportunity to mentor other men in the program.

Graziano is one of those who will be mentoring the next group of wanna-be chefs.

“When you see your co-workers and bosses taking it seriously,” he said, “it gives me the incentive to take this seriously.”

Reporter Lisa Trigg can be reached at (812) 231-4254 or lisa.trigg@tribstar.com. Follow her on Twitter @TribStarLisa.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
  • MET072514 invenadamson step.jpg ‘Minds-on camp’

    Sylvia Ann Adamson longed for privacy, so she invented a solution to that problem at “Camp Invention.”

    July 25, 2014 5 Photos

  • Linda Tincher.jpg Riley lion’s roar goes global

    Linda L. Tincher has become the first woman from Indiana elected to serve as an international director for Lions Clubs International. She was chosen earlier this month during the clubs’ 97th international convention in Toronto, Canada.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • MET072514 SPPRAK glasses.jpg Kindness ‘undercover’

    Hundreds of people gathered at Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium on Friday for a night of baseball, music, the “Green Man” and green shades.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Residents ‘stuff the bus’ with pencils, notebooks, backpacks

    After exiting a Wal-Mart store in Clinton, Roger E. Richardson stopped his shopping cart Friday in front of a large yellow South Vermillion School Corporation bus.

    July 25, 2014

  • Man faces 9 charges in homicide case

    A Solsberry man faces nine criminal charges related to a July 18 homicide and rape in rural Greene County.

    July 25, 2014 1 Story

  • maroon truck.jpg UPDATE: Rockville man dies after head-on collision

    A Rockville man has died from injuries he sustained this afternoon in a two-vehicle, head-on crash on U.S. 41 north of Lyford.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • red truck.jpg Head-on crash leaves Rockville man seriously injured

    A Rockville man was air-lifted to an Indianapolis hospital with serious injuries this afternoon following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 41 north of Lyford.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vigo County Jail Log: July 25, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Thursday and Friday, based on jail records.

    July 25, 2014

  • Measles case confirmed in Central Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS — State health officials have confirmed a case of measles in Central Indiana. The Indiana State Department of Health is working with local health departments and health care providers to identify additional cases of measles, and to prevent further transmission of the disease.

    July 25, 2014

  • Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

    CHICAGO (AP) — Fast food workers say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

    July 25, 2014

  • 4 doctors arrested after Indiana clinic raids

    CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say four doctors have been arrested on charges of improperly prescribing a drug used to treat painkiller addiction from several Indiana offices.

    July 25, 2014

  • holiday world thunderbird.jpg Holiday World plans new winged roller coaster

    SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (AP) — The Holiday World amusement park in southern Indiana is building a new $22 million roller coaster that it says will launch riders to 60 miles an hour in 3.5 seconds, with a 14-story loop and four inversions.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Indianapolis pulls future support for Amtrak line

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — City officials in Indianapolis have cast the future of an Amtrak passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago into doubt after deciding not to provide any additional money to subsidize that line.

    July 25, 2014

  • Pence leading annual governor’s motorcycle ride

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence is leading the annual governor’s motorcycle ride from the Statehouse through southern Indiana.

    July 25, 2014

  • State asks judge to delay right-to-work ruling

    CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana attorney general’s office has asked a judge to put on hold his order striking down the state’s right-to-work law.

    July 25, 2014

  • MET 072414 HOESS 01KOR.jpg Voices from Auschwitz: Ties that bind

    A message that has spread like wildfire across Europe can easily translate to America.

    July 24, 2014 4 Photos 1 Story

  • Minimum wage frozen after 5 years

    Thursday marked the fifth anniversary since the federal minimum wage was increased, a wage U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez contends should again be raised.

    July 24, 2014

  • MET072414 CANDLES shake.jpg ISU, CANDLES join to ‘illuminate the world’

    Indiana State University and CANDLES Holocaust Museum are joining forces to educate current and future generations about the Holocaust, genocide and related issues.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos 1 Story

  • MET072414 JA hadley.jpg 50 years later, still business as usual

    Junior Achievement of the Wabash Valley marked its 50th anniversary hosting a luau Thursday at the Ohio Building in Terre Haute.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Two semis collide; one driver injured

    A semi-trailer driver from North Carolina was airlifted to Methodist Hospital Thursday after his vehicle collided with another tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 in far western Vigo County.

    July 24, 2014

  • Valley talent returns for show tonight

    Local musical collective Lunes Domingo is scheduled to be back at The Verve tonight to perform the last installment of its 2014 series.

    July 24, 2014

  • Police find 2 meth labs in 1 house

    The Clay County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday arrested a Staunton man and a Terre Haute woman on felony charges of manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine.

    July 24, 2014

  • Police say man broke into prison building

    A man living at a Carlisle motel has been arrested for trespassing and criminal mischief after he allegedly kicked in a prison building door.

    July 24, 2014

  • Driver airlifted to Methodist after I-70 crash

    A semi-trailer driver from North Carolina was airlifted to Methodist Hospital today after his vehicle collided with another tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 in far western Vigo County.

    July 24, 2014

  • Lunes Domingo, Bear Foote Jackson at The Verve July 25

    Local musical collective Lunes Domingo will be back at The Verve on Friday, July 25, to perform the last installment of their 2014 series. Cost is $3.

    July 24, 2014

  • West T Water Works issues boil order

    The West Terre Haute Water Works announced this morning that a boil order is in effect until further notice for the community of West Terre Haute and Sugar Creek Township.

    July 24, 2014

  • Grease fire closes Terre Haute restaurant for short time

    A grease fire closed the Golden Corral for about three hours on Wednesday.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vigo County Jail Log: July 24, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Thursday and Friday, based on jail records.

    July 24, 2014

  • Bloomington helping with beer brewery’s project

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The city of Bloomington is helping a beer brewery with an expansion of its downtown restaurant and bar.

    July 24, 2014

  • Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks

    PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Haris Suleman knew that flying around the world carried risks. But like adventurers before him, the 17-year-old pilot from Indiana also believed dreams aren’t achieved without taking chances.

    July 24, 2014

Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity