El Cajon Project

For over 25 years The El Cajon Project has been helping at-risk youth from the ages of 16 to 19 by bringing them into a culinary environment where they learn to better their skills and get a taste of what the culinary industry is all about. Read more...

3rd Annual Epicurean Tasting Event

Third Annual Epicurean Tasting Event!

Sun, Oct 21, 3pm–6pm
Alexander’s The Sea
4269 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Join El Cajon for an epicurean tasting event. Savor tantalizing dishes and enjoy exceptional wines from local wineries. Save the Date! Bring friends! Click here for more information


Slap Me $5 Campaign

El Cajon Project is launching a new campaign to help raise funds to do more for at-risk youth in the area. Please join our campaign by signing up to make an easy recurring donation of $5/month! Or donate another amount here.
El Cajon Project puts struggling students in the kitchen

El Cajon Project puts struggling students in the kitchen

San Jose Mercury News - By Alia Wilson, Sunnyvale Sun

As Ian Bautista walked up to Los Gatos' Oak and Rye restaurant to meet his new mentor and academic savior, chef Betty Ewing, one sunny day in January, the 17-year-old's nervousness was apparent... Read more...

Student Stories

Maya (College Living Experience - Monterey)

El Cajon Project is currently supporting and training several students from College Living Experience - Monterey, including Maya, seen here working at Restaurant 1833 in Monterey. Check out Maya's blog! - More student stories...