The Warrior Catering Co.

The WCC is a social enterprise of Opportunity Knocks, aiming to create and support vocational opportunities for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our Warrior employees team up with our culinary team to work on all aspects of the operation, from menu planning, food prep, setup, food service, and breakdown.

The WCC offers a variety of high-quality, hand-crafted culinary delights for small to medium-sized events. All proceeds of the WCC go to support the programming of Opportunity Knocks.

We are excited about the growth prospects for this operation but remain conservative as we work on a scale relative to our resources in this area and a balance connected to core programming.

Booking Inquiries

For all inquiries and booking requests, please contact Opportunity Knock’s Culinary Director, Joseph Hart at joseph@opportunityknocksnow.org

Booking Inquiries

For all inquiries and booking requests, please contact Opportunity Knock’s Culinary Director, Joseph Hart at joseph@opportunityknocksnow.org

Meet the Warrior Catering Team

Joe Hart

Joe Hart

Culinary Director | Head Chef

For the past three years, Joe has been the Culinary Director at Opportunity Knocks. He is leading the Knockout Pickles and Warrior Catering Company social enterprises and is about to finish his degree at the College of Dupage culinary program. He is constantly amazed to see the growth of these enterprises and the Warriors employed in the program. He sees food and service not only as a way for our Warriors to gain employment but to also carry what they learn into their home environment.

Natalie Woodcock

Natalie Woodcock

Farm Director | Asst. Head Chef

Natalie’s role as Farm Director assists with connecting food grown on the OK Farm to our recipes. She has three years of serving experience and is an avid home chef interested in vegetarian recipes. Natalie is excited to be a part of WCC and it is important to her that individuals of all abilities have the opportunity to develop their skills in the workforce. She believes that food offers endless possibilities for developing these skills and contributes to one’s wellness and creativity.

Matt Cox

Matt Cox

Warrior Chef (left)

Recently moved to a new bachelor pad in Elmwood Park where he lives with his twin brother Erik. He recently graduated from the CITE program. Besides catering, he also works for the cleaning crew at In and Out Fitness. He lives life to have fun. His favorite part of being on the catering crew is giving out the food to people and seeing how much they like it. He also like serving and communicating to the back of the house on how things are going.

Erik Cox

Erik Cox

Warrior Chef (right)

Erik is from Elmwood Park and graduated from the OPRF CITE program in 2015. He works at Buona Beef Catering as well as Warrior Catering Company. His favorite part about Warrior Catering Company is hanging out with his boss, Joe Hart, and interacting with customers. Erik says that Warrior Catering has helped him learn how to be polite, dress professionally, and clean up after himself. Erik has also learned how to use a knife safely and feels that he can focus better since working for Warrior Catering Company.

 

Georgia Hunter

Georgia Hunter

Warrior Chef

Georgia lives in Oak Park. She has Down’s Syndrome and is a junior in college at Triton and studying Culinary Arts. Besides WCC, Georgia also works for Empowering Gardens and is a cashier at Trader Joe’s. Her favorite part of WCC is being able to help develop new recipes.

Jackie Finn

Jackie Finn

Warrior Chef

Jackie is from River Forest and takes pride in being a hard worker. Jackie has a second job at the Brookfield Zoo. Her favorite part about Warrior Catering Company is serving the food. Jackie loves her boss, Joe Hart. Her favorite recipes are the potato salad, pulled pork sandwiches, and grilled cheese. Jackie enjoys working with her friends and is happy to have a job where she can earn some money! One of Jackie’s other favorite hobbies is eating, so it makes sense that she is a Warrior Caterer!

WARRIORS AT WORK  |  BLOG

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SOCIAL ENTERPRISES at OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

Opportunity Knocks has two social enterprises which provide a revenue stream in addition to meaningful and gainful employment for the Warriors, Knockout Pickles and the Warrior Catering Company.

A social enterprise is a business created to further a social purpose in a financially sustainable way. At Opportunity Knocks, we created our social enterprise for two primary reasons:

  • To augment the revenue stream from our programs so that we would become more financially self-sustaining; and
  • To provide opportunities for Warriors to practice important vocational skills in a meaningful employment setting.

Like most things at OK, each of our businesses developed organically out of our Warrior-focused program efforts in the culinary arts. As planning, shopping and meal preparation are integral components of all our programs, it was a natural extension that our enterprise efforts would capitalize on these important life skills. It was also imperative that our Warriors would be involved in all facets of the business operation, from sales and marketing to production and distribution, so that such skills could be utilized in the pursuit of other vocational interests.

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