A newly remodeled space at 2123 Avenue G. will soon serve as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County’s new commercial kitchen. This space, titled the Blue Door Kitchen, will serve two-fold: one, as a workshop for youth interested in a culinary career, and two, as a space responsible for serving 3,500 meals daily.
According to a release, this newly renovated space is part of an initiative to improve Club members’ meal experiences, enhance BGCGTC’s workforce development efforts, and support the nonprofit’s overall mission through cost-savings and social enterprise.
This $2 million project, funded by BGCGTC and private donations, involved remodeling an existing space into a state-of-the-art production kitchen that will produce healthy meals and snacks for thousands daily. The kitchen also supports one of BGCGTC’s newest workforce development programs — Culinary Connection, which introduces youth aged 13 and older to various cooking techniques and provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to work in a professional kitchen. Participants work under the tutelage of executive chef Chris Hallowell, who leads seasonal menu creation with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and scratch-cooking principles.
Daphne Barlow Stigliano, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County CEO and president, says the idea to create a modern commercial kitchen emerged from the challenges the organization faced when it tried to help kids succeed during the pandemic.
“Creating happy, healthy kids really starts with happy, full tummies,” Stigliano says. “Blue Door Kitchen allows us to deliver quality meals and snacks to the young people we serve every day. And because we can now do that very affordably, we will reinvest those savings to support the mission of our organization — which is to provide a positive environment, supportive relationships, and opportunities to nurture academic success, character, and leadership.”
Renovation efforts began earlier this year and were partly funded by Jackson-Shaw, a national real estate development company headquartered in North Texas, with support from the Amon G. Carter Foundation and private donations. The Ladies Auxiliary of Arlington also contributed a commercial truck to transport meals to BGCGTC’s Arlington locations. Three delivery vehicles will be scheduled to carry meals and snacks to 25 BGCGTC facilities daily.
“We are thrilled to see this dream become a reality for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County,” Michelle Wheeler, Jackson-Shaw president and CEO said in a release. “Our team is passionate about helping young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their potential. This investment also allows us to support the development of a pipeline of future talent in the hospitality industry that we serve.”
Blue Door Kitchen also equips BGCGTC with space to fulfill community food needs as they arise. Barlow says the organization plans to offer carry-out meal opportunities by fall 2023.
“To our knowledge, this type of venture has never been attempted by a Boys & Girls Club,” Barlow says. “I’m proud to say that our organization is capable of handling the complexity of managing the facilities and the volume of meals that this will entail. The young people and families we serve will benefit from this exciting venture for years to come.”
Some time back, Doris Lux, one of the owners of Market23, had an idea to provide a commercial kitchen space for area chefs and bakers who wished to sell their products at a wider scale. After suggesting it to co-owner Shirley Enquist, the pair set to make it happen.
“Doris had the idea off and on for months or years. Six months ago I said ‘Doris, I’m going to take the room we don’t use and make a kitchen,’ and she said ‘OK,'” Enquist said.
On June 20, the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting on the new space, dubbed “The Cook’s Corner,” in what used to be a storage space in the Market23 store.
“Getting started is expensive, a space where they can get started and they may move on to having their own restaurant or food truck or catering business out of their own building but this is a place for them to start. If it goes well we’ll expand,” Enquist said.
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The space, while smaller for now, may expand in the future if things head that direction, Enquist said. For the time being, it consists of several sinks, an oven and several appliances. Lux’s husband is an electrician, she said, so that was easy to get situated, but setting up plumbing took a little longer than expected. The multiple sinks, Enquist said, are what really makes the space a commercial kitchen.
“A commercial kitchen is a room full of sinks. You have to have separate sinks for everything, one to wash, one to rinse, one to sanitize, a different one for produce and a different one yet for handwashing,” Enquist said.
The commercial kitchen qualification, Enquist and Lux added, allows for area cooks and vendors to make a much wider range of products as things like dairy products do not qualify for Cottage Law and have to have a food inspector’s approval to make and sell.
“It’s got a lot to do with the food item’s ability to be set out on a table,” Enquist said. “Even at the grocery store, cream pies would be refrigerated, but fruit pies are not. There’s a lot of ifs, ands or buts to that.”
Lux said that this will expand on the mission of Market23 as a place for entrepreneurs who don’t have a space of their own to sell and now make some of their products.
“My philosophy at Market23 is always trying to help entrepreneurs, crafters and producers and this is part of that world that was nonexistent because of legal regulations,” Lux said. “This is to bring in another component into the business world of being an entrepreneur and doing your own thing.”
The inspiration, she said, came from people approaching her within her other profession as a business coach. They would have ideas for a food-related business and, not having the facilities or not being able to jump into such a large investment for a pilot project, she said, they would have to set the idea aside. Now, they have that option available.
“For a number of years I toyed with putting a commercial kitchen on the other side because there’s more space over there, just to help those people who wanted to have that food truck or cart or their grandmother’s salsa recipe, anything where they were ready to try it, wanted to experiment, but didn’t want the cost of doing a kitchen not knowing if it was going to stick or not,” Lux said.
The kitchen space will hopefully open around July 1, Lux said. They will have a key system that allows 24-hour access for those who may need to prepare late into the night or early in the morning, such as for catering or breakfast foods. The Cook’s Corner will require renters to have necessary insurance and will charge by the hour also based on how many times the space will be used in a month. Enquist said the space is pretty well-equipped for whatever someone may make.
“They could toast bread and bake a wedding cake,” Enquist said. “(They could) cook a prime rib, they could do anything they wanted to do.”
By Kate Dennett and Connie Rusk For Mailonline
16:56 14 Apr 2023, updated 19:31 14 Apr 2023
Amanda Holden has given a glimpse into her newly-renovated sprawling kitchen after putting her £5million Surrey ‘dream home’ on the market a year ago.
The Britain’s Got Talent presenter, 52, initially snapped up the lavish property in 2015 for £3.5million and hopes to see a £1.5million profit after revamping it in her style.
As she tries to sell the house, Amanda has given a glimpse inside her modern kitchen, complete with a white marble breakfast bar, floor-to-ceiling grey cupboards, and a dining area.
In one stunning snap, Amanda was seen showing off her incredible figure as she posed in a navy two-piece while cooking in the kitchen, which she renovated during lockdown.
She tucked her golden locks beneath a wide-brimmed straw hat and bolstered her striking features with a glamorous make-up palette.
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Amanda was seen enjoying a spot of baking as she stirred her ingredients in a bowl tucked under her arm, while profiteroles were seen on her breakfast bar.
She stood in front of a sleek mirrored wall and showed off her modern cabinets, which featured stylish gold handles.
The TV presenter also gave a glimpse inside her fully stocked fridge and once again showed off her baking talents as she held a lemon meringue pie in her hands.
She looked effortlessly stylish in navy denim jeans and a teal cardigan while putting her fridge on full display, which was bursting at the seams with delicious ingredients.
The built-in fridge was stocked-up with eggs, oranges, vegetables, milk, bottles of wine and delicious spreads as she gave an insight into her cooking routine.
Amanda also shared snaps of her modern ovens, which are also built into her stylish grey cabinets, as she popped in some food to cook.
Her gorgeous kitchen boasts a sleek white breakfast bar which seats at least four people on modern golden stools complete with white cushions.
The dining area features a grey round table which looks out on to her sprawling garden, with huge double doors soaking the room in natural daylight.
Amanda added further light to the room with an array of gold light features, which perfectly coordinate with the metallic splashes of colour around the kitchen.
Her three disco ball-style lights hanging over the breakfast bar are worth £850 each and were new additions when Amanda renovated her kitchen with the company Wilson Fink in lockdown.
The Heart Radio host also takes her love of food out into her garden, which features a teal garden table while she also has a drinks cart next to a daybed.
It is not the first time Amanda has shown off her stunning home renovations as she has proudly given her fans a look inside her ‘dream home’.
However, Amanda is currently struggling to sell the lavish property as it has sat on the market for a year since it was first listed while she still searches for a buyer.
She put the property on the market in May 2022 for £5million, with a source saying at the time that she was ‘really proud’ of her home makeover.
Not only does it boast a hot tub, outhouse and 30ft by 27ft living room, it also has several unique touches from a palm tree planted in honour of Sir Captain Tom Moore and a £30,000 drawing by the Connor Brothers.
The property features a modern garden with a decking area, sprawling lawn, boxwoods and ornamental grasses adding to the luxury feel.
Inside, meanwhile, Amanda hasn’t shied away from colour and bold designs.
In one of the three bathrooms, the walls are covered with antique framed photographs, while the huge living room is steel blue with a geometric print rug and gold accents and plenty of pineapple props.
The mansion, which includes five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a study, is located behind two sets of private gates which lead onto a private road towards the house.
She lives there with her husband Chris and two daughters Lexi, 17, and Hollie, 11, and frequently shows off the property on social media.
After buying the home, Amanda admitted to ‘badgering’ its former owner to sell it to them for years until they finally relented.
She described the property as her ‘forever home’ but put it on sale seven years after first purchasing it last May.
When she put first her house on the market, a source said: ‘Amanda loves her family home and is really proud of the work she’s done on it.
‘She’s had a real hand in the makeover and has enjoyed seeing her ideas come to life.
‘It will be a sad day when she moves out but Amanda can take comfort in the number of memories she’s created there.’
The couple also own a holiday home in the Cotswolds, which they have been renovating over the past year.
The driveway is big enough to hold several cars, which is convenient when Amanda hosts her showbiz parties.
Speaking about her home to House Beautiful, Amanda revealed it was important their Surrey property didn’t feel like ‘a show home’.
She said: ‘We have two little girls and don’t want them feeling that they’re treading on eggshells.’
Amanda admitted herself and husband Chris have so many clothes, they turned a room into a walk-in wardrobe – inspired by her favourite TV show.
She said: ‘I’m a huge Sex And The City fan and Chris did a Mr Big and turned a whole room into my wardrobe.
‘Except, he didn’t leave a pair of Manolos at the end… but he arranged everything else. It’s something I’ve always dreamt of.
‘There’s a remote-controlled mirror that goes up and down and lights up – it’s amazing.’
And the TV favourite also conceded she’s a clean freak, meaning every service on the ground floor can be wiped fresh.
Speaking to The Mirror, she explained: ‘I am house proud, but I’ve got two kids, two dogs and a cat, so it’s a family house. Everything is washable and wipeable.
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‘It’s so open plan my littlest can cycle her bike around. ‘I don’t have carpets on the ground floor – and this is disgusting – but I was doing an interview a while ago and my puppy pooed on the floor during the chat.
‘But you don’t worry if you have wooden floors. Two words: wipe clean.’
Amanda, who designed a homeware range for shopping network QVC, is so into interior design she believes it could eventually become a day job – if she ever loses her looks.
She added: ‘I want this to be a legacy. When my face falls off and all the telly work dries up, this is actually where I want to be.’
Vermont-based barware company announces a Kickstarter campaign to fund production for its newest creation, a countertop automatic clear ice-making appliance to create cocktail-quality ice at home
MORETOWN, VT / ACCESSWIRE / March 1, 2023 / Wintersmiths launched their fourth Kickstarter campaign on Feb. 28 to raise $150,000 for production of their newest product and reached their goal within about 60 minutes of launching.
Juniper is a complete countertop home ice maker/freezer which features a modern & durable compact design and is capable of making truly crystal-clear bar-quality ice, automatically. It can produce 12 large clear spheres, 12 large clear cubes, or 96 small clear cubes every 24 hours using any water source. Wintersmiths is building on the success of its previous three Kickstarter campaigns for the Ice Baller, Ice Chest, and Phantom, which collectively raised more than $800,000 from thousands of supporters. This new 60-day campaign for Juniper is set to end on April 29, 2023.
“One of the reasons we are so excited about Juniper is that it is something we have been dreaming about since we started Wintersmiths – a fully automated way to create crystal-clear ice. We spent the past few years perfecting the technology, working with potential manufacturing partners and building out a complete understanding of the logistics and timeline,” said Wintersmiths founder Chris Little. “Compared to directional freezing, our new Active Core Freezing process can create clear ice from ordinary tap water up to 75% faster and without any excess or wasted water – making it the ideal technology to harness for automation.”
The idea for Wintersmiths came to founder Chris Little after a business trip to Tokyo, where he experienced his first cocktail that used a single clear ice sphere instead of ice cubes. Seeing a gap in the market for devices that could make clear, spherical ice at a reasonable cost, and with their passion for invention, Chris and his brother, Patrick Little, set out to create their own. Using their combined skills in marketing and engineering, they discovered the science of directional freezing to help cocktail connoisseurs achieve colder, less diluted, and more beautiful drinks. Their products are capable of making clear ice in various quantities, sizes, and shapes and are used all around the world in thousands of homes and bars/restaurants.
Wintersmiths firmly believes that ice is a critical component to concocting an exceptional cocktail. Selecting the perfect ice for the perfect drink is equal parts art and science. In 2013, founders Chris and Pat Little launched the company and made crystal clear ice spheres and other shapes accessible to the market with their patented devices. For more information on Wintersmiths, visit https://www.wintersmiths.com/.
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Last week covered the first five steps as you rearrange your house (and your thinking) to rent one room to your first lodger. This week the preparations continue with creating the room to rent and making room in your kitchen so you can share it.
6. Re-imagine that spare room. I have tried renting furnished and unfurnished. Furnished is the way to go. You are renting a single room, not an apartment. Lodgers won’t need as many things to move into your house. You can charge more for a furnished room. Anything you buy for it will pay dividends for years.
Little John’s Restaurant, Inc serves thousands meals per week to people in need, but now it has a need of its own. At least a temporary one.
With its future Fitchburg facility at 5302 Anton Drive not set to be ready until later next year, Little John’s has found itself in “immediate need of a large catering or production style kitchen” to lease for 12-18 months after plans to rehome operations unexpectedly stalled last week, according to a Monday, Jan. 9 news release.
The nonprofit, known for their meal services which utilize rescued food excess, is seeking connections and recommendations of viable locations from the community. Little John’s current lease at 411 Prairie Heights Drive in Verona ends Feb. 10. Plans are to move current operations to Fitchburg by the end of this year, and be fully operational by the end of 2024.
To accommodate continually growing operations, the kitchen must be located within greater Madison, be at least 3,000 square feet with a venting system and ANSUL fire suppression, and ideally be move-in ready, though it would not need to include equipment. Additional floorspace of about 7,500 square feet is needed for production and packaging, however, due to the nature of Little John’s need, they will consider any similar space that does not meet the criteria, according to the news release.
“While we hate asking for so much on such short notice, we know that Little John’s mission and existence is built on community love,” said chef Dave Heide, founder of Little John’s, “And so we have faith in our neighbors to help keep Little John’s going through this rough patch.”
The restaurant is also in need of delivery vehicles such as vans or sprinter vans to lease or be donated (not to purchase), and is accepting donations to offset moving costs and in-kind donations of moving services and use of trucks with liftgate.
To help, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-616-9264 and leave a detailed voicemail. Donations by check made out to “Little John’s Restaurant, Inc” can be mailed to 5302 Anton Drive, Fitchburg, WI 53711 with “moving support” as the memo.
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This week’s Buzz Bites starts with the opening of a new commercial kitchen to give Fluvanna County entrepreneurs and and family nutrition education programs space to thrive.
Commercial KitchenRental applications will be accepted starting Monday for the new kitchen space in Fluvanna County Community Center. It is a collaborative effort between the County of Fluvanna and the Fluvanna office of Virginia Cooperative Extension that provides 300 square feet of commercial kitchen rental space to boost startups, small-business owners and entrepreneurs in the county’s food industry.
The kitchen features a six-burner commercial stove, large refrigerator and freezer, stainless steel serving line and prep line, a dishwasher and a three-compartment cleaning sink.
Learn more by going to www.fluvannacounty.org, or by calling Aaron Spitzer, director of Parks and Recreation, at (434) 589-2016 or Jennifer Schmack, director of Economic Development, at (434) 591-1921.
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Beer Run’s 15th anniversaryBeer Run has celebrated its 15th anniversary. Family members Josh Hunt, John Woodriff, Mary Ann Parr and Dennis Woodriff opened the beer and wine shop, restaurant and bar in December 2007.
Visitors dropping by 156 Carlton Road can find more than 800 different craft and imported beers, as well as a curated wine room that has a special focus on organic and biodynamic wines. In addition to a rotating draft beer list, there’s a large collection of local and regional ciders. The heated patio is a child-friendly, dog-friendly space for dishes made from scratch.
Get all the details at www.beerrun.com, which is where you can sign up for the monthly newsletter.