About YouthWorks Catering Services
The YouthWorks catering service is a business outgrowth of our culinary arts training, in which young people work part-time providing food and service for local events.
Chef Carmen Rodriguez, former New Mexico Chef of the Year, leads the program, along with his wife Penny, to share expertise in cooking preparation, catering logistics, and front-of-the-house skills.
Their work with Youthworks is one example of their lifelong commitment to giving back to their community.
For more about Chef Carmen and his journey from young migrant farm worker to award-winning chef, click here.
Scroll down to read more about our catering team, what their clients say about them, and the work they’re doing to prepare themselves for a better future.
Contact Us Today
The YouthWorks culinary arts team is ready to cater your next event. For information about menus, pricing, and scheduling, email Penny Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 505-989-1855.
Youthworks culinary students prepare Valentine’s Day sweets under the direction of Chef Carmen Rodriguez, who leads the YouthWorks culinary arts program.
For the Valentine’s Day sweets sale, Amanda and Matt are learning the fine points of creating chocolate-covered strawberries, Mexican wedding cookies, and chocolate truffles.
Proceeds from the sales help support culinary arts training for young men and women to prepare them for work in local area restaurants.
We were honored to have the YouthWorks Culinary Program, under the direction of Chef Carmen Rodriguez, participate in the 2018 Legislative Reception. Thank you for your generosity of time and amazing food.Mae Martinez
The YouthWorks culinary arts team was one of seventeen local food providers serving hors d’oeuvres at the 2018 Chamber Legislative Reception.
Under the direction of Chef Carmen Rodriguez, the YouthWorks culinary team served Teriyaki Chicken Tacos with Red Chile to hundreds of guests gathered at the Santa Fe Convention Center.
Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, this January 29 event is the largest legislative networking event of the year. Guests from around New Mexico attend to network, connect, and advocate for New Mexico business.
Chef Carmen Rodriguez, manager of the YouthWorks culinary arts program, and Owner-Chef Ahmed Obo, of Jambo’s Café, take a break to compare notes at the Chamber’s Legislative Reception.
The culinary staff of YouthWorks has always demonstrated a friendly and helpful manner, great work ethic, and attention to detail, which is so important in a museum environment. The menu is always varied, generous and delicious!
Chef Carmen Rodriguez leveraged his slot at the Food Depot’s 2018 Souper Bowl to give YouthWorks culinary students a chance to put their skills to work in a very public setting.
Ashley and Kevin, shown above with Chef Carmen, spent the day putting the finishing touches on and helping serve Pato con Palomitas, a crowd favorite at the Food Depot’s 24th Souper Bowl.
At this annual Food Depot fundraiser, more than two dozen chefs compete for “best soup” honors in multiple categories. Proceeds from the event help support the Food Depot’s mission to eliminate hunger in Northern New Mexico.
Chef Carmen, the owner/operator of MiSanta Catering along with his wife Penny, is leading the YouthWorks culinary arts program, sharing his expertise in cooking preparation, catering logistics, and front-of-the-house skills.
For more information about YouthWorks Catering or to schedule their services for your next event, contact Penny Rodriguez at YouthWorks.
The New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors has been delighted with the service of the YouthWorks culinary staff for special events, and we are delighted to participate with YouthWorks in its mission to support the youth of Santa Fe.Andrew J. Wulf
Fifty New Mexico History Museum docents feasted on a special menu based totally on local New Mexico products.
Winter Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
Achiote Pork & Chicken Tinga Tamales
Red and Green Chile
Natillas & Buenuelos
Chef Carmen is offering guidance to the YouthWorks culinary program, sharing his expertise in cooking preparation, catering logistics, and front-of-the-house skills.
For more information about YouthWorks Catering and the services they offer, contact Penny Rodriguez.
Developing Culinary Skills to Feed Hungry Children
YouthWorks culinary students work in the Verde kitchen, preparing nutritious meals for the after-school meal program.
This effort, a collaboration between the Food Depot and YouthWorks, will feed children who might otherwise not have enough to eat after the end of the school day.