Light House Bistro was one of 18 organizations from across the country chosen to participate in the 2019 REDF Accelerator program. One fellow from each of these 18 employment-focused social enterprises was selected to participate in a 7-month training that advances their learning and deepens their peer connections.
General Manager, Beth Rocca, was chosen as the Accelerator fellow for Light House Bistro. In November 2018, she attended the first Accelerator program training module in Chicago, IL. While at the training, Rocca began building powerful peer networks and participated in a specialized curriculum focused on strengthening social enterprises. “Being a part of REDF is an exciting new step for Light House Bistro,” shared Rocca. “In order for our social enterprise business to continue to change lives in our community, we need to thrive among other for-profit businesses. The Accelerator program will not just give us the opportunity to learn more about how social missions are changing lives across the country, but will also give us valuable insight into the unique best practices and challenges that a social enterprise business like ours must navigate.”
Beth Rocca - General Manager
Beth Rocca brings thirty years of culinary experience in the preparation and serving of fine foods. Her training at L’ Academie de Cuisine, outside of Washington, DC, gave her the skills and desire to expand her horizons throughout the restaurant industry….
Denny Dingus - Executive Chef
With over 15 years of culinary experience and having worked in restaurants since he was 14 years old, Chef Denny has developed a love and respect for the industry. He earned a Culinary Certificate from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and worked under Chef Derek Stevens at Eleven Contemporary Kitchen….
Chip Thomas - Sous Chef
Vincent “Chip” Thomas was born in Annapolis, Maryland. Chef Chip participated in the Light House B.E.S.T program and graduated in 2015. He has since worked in several restaurants in Annapolis, working his way from line cook to management. Chip received at scholarship this year to attend AACC with the goal to further his education in the restaurant management field…
Congratulations to Light House - Homeless Prevention Support Center Culinary Employment Training Graduate and Light House Bistro Sous Chef, Vincent! Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County selected Vincent to be awarded their 2018 Scholarship through the Maryland Tourism Education Foundation (MTEF). Thank you Visit Annapolis and MTEF for your continued support and for helping Vincent further his culinary education!
Phil Burgess - Correspondent
The 50-seat Light House Bistro is more than a restaurant. It is also what some people call a “social enterprise” — a business enterprise that has social goals embedded in its business objectives.
Several months ago, I discovered the Light House Bistro at 202 West St. along with several of my bonus years friends — and a few younger ones, too. We now go to the bistro every Saturday morning for breakfast, arriving around 9:15 a.m… Read More
Dear Light House Community,
We are deeply saddened by the tragic event at The Capital newspaper office yesterday where five lives were taken: Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, and Wendi Winters. Our hearts go out to all the families and to our entire community which is shaken by this loss.
The Capital Gazette team works tirelessly to report on stories and issues that impact our organization and community. We honor those we have lost and the entire Capital Gazette team for their service to our community through true journalistic integrity….
We will be featuring our Pork in a "Pot" and our Cowboy Cookies! See you there!
We were so lucky to be a part of the screening of “Knife Skills” last night at the Parkway Theater in Baltimore. It was so nice to cater along side City Seeds and Paul’s Place! A room full of people giving second chances and really making a difference!
Come Out for First Sunday and stop by The Light House Bistro for Brunch! Fiesta Omelette...black beans, home made salsa, cheese, sour cream and cilantro pesto. CHURRO Pancakes!
Light House Bistro was featured on ABC news...2 Good 2 Be True!
Light House Bistro, the restaurant in Annapolis that serves as a training program for homeless people, is shifting its hours. Six months after the Light House shelter opened the restaurant in its former location on West Street, restaurant director Elizabeth Kinney said the shift comes in response to customers.
The program, which has trained 40 people in restaurant job skills, will now be open for breakfast and lunch daily. The dining room will be closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights for private events and cooking classes.
“Have a meal or a meeting with us and help sustain our social enterprise that trains and employs people determined to move from homelessness to stability and a promising future,” Kinney wrote in an email Friday.
The restaurant opened in March after three years of planning after the shelter moved to Hudson Street. The Light House determined the hospitality and culinary industry provides the best "second chances" to its residents.
Check us out in the September issue of The Business Monthly!
"Dining at Light House Bistro is a value-added proposition: Customers not only enjoy fine food in the state capital’s arts and entertainment district, they support a social enterprise effort to provide living-wage employment to individuals experiencing homelessness…Light House Bistro houses an Advanced Culinary Training Center with a full teaching kitchen and real-work opportunities for graduates of The Light House's culinary arts job training program – Building Employment Success Training (B.E.S.T.)."