Las Trampas supports adults with developmental disabilities to discover their capabilities and to lead full lives in their home, at work, and in the community.

Las Trampas Cooks: Ingredients for Success!

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What could be better than sharing a home-cooked meal, chosen and prepared with care by a friend or colleague? Each month, the 10 students participating in the Day Program’s Las Trampas Cooks program choose a meal each month based on a theme, and work with staff throughout the month make that meal a reality for each other as well as other Day Program participants and staff members.

In 2018, the monthly themes are based on countries of the world, often chosen based on where a student’s family is from, so participants learn about food and culture they may not otherwise get to experience.

Smiling man with glasses gestures toward a supermarket shelf.Shopping: Once Las Trampas Cooks chefs have chosen their meal for the month, they help staff research recipes, compile a shopping list, and hit the stores! Participants go to multiple stores in the area (Safeway, Costco, Sam’s Club, Smart & Final, Trader Joe’s) and compare prices on the ingredients they will need for the month’s recipe.

Meal Preparation:
Participants are involved in all aspects of creating the meal. As much as possible, they use fresh ingredients rather than packaged. Participants work with program staff to learn about the textures, smells, properties, and uses of the ingredients they are using, as well as learning about kitchen safety, and food service.

Enjoying a meal together:

On Las Trampas Cooks day, Day Program participants and any Las Trampas staff who are on campus are invited to share the results of the group’s hard work. Spending time together eating a delicious meal prepared by friends is a great way to spend lunchtime!

Clean Up:An older man in a red cap and green shirt washes dishes in a sink

You’re not done cooking until you’ve cleaned up! Participants learn that leaving the cooking area “cleaner than you found it” is as important as all of the other aspects of planning and cooking a meal. When the kitchen is clean and supplies are put away, we are ready to start planning for next month.

Las Trampas Cooks is a fun and delicious way to gain life skills, explore new foods, and learn more about the world. Here are some of the meals we’ve shared so far this year. We’ve included some of the recipes we’ve used, and we invite you to cook along with Las Trampas Cooks!

A young man with a striped shirt and glasses, a young woman with long brown hair, and a young man with a blue and white shirt and glasses sit at a table enjoying their food.March: (Italy) Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread, Strawberry Shortcake
April: (Japan) Teriyaki Bowls, Gyoza, Cherry Parfait
May: (Mexico) Mexican Chili, Sweet Corn Cakes, (Unfried)Fried Ice Cream
June: (U.S.A.) Sloppy Toms (Turkey Sloppy Joes), Potato Salad, Baked Peach Crumble
July: (Greece) Gyros, Greek Salad, Sparkling Santorini Jello



How to Apply

Successful candidates must meet the following basic employment requirements:

  • Successfully complete first-aid/CPR training within the first 30 days of employment
  • Possess a current and valid California Driver's License
  • Ability to pass a criminal background clearance through the Department of Justice
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment physical, tuberculosis screening, and drug screening
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to effectively use a computer and associated productivity software programs
  • Ethical and professional standards
  • Problem-solving, critical thinking, and personal accountability

  • To apply for one of these positions, download and complete a job application and submit it along with your resume to broffman@lastrampas.org.

    Employment Application (MS Word)
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