|RE: kitchen equipment||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Tue, 17 May 94 13:30 CDT|
Monika Stumpf asked: Is it better to buy residential or commercial equipment (stove, oven, dishwasher) for the kitchen? Sharingwood currently using a remodeled basement for our community kitchen while we design and build our common house. Our current appliances, which are regular domestic stock serve on average 23 people. Our planned commonhouse will use similar domestic equipment (we are moving up to a gas stove but keeping the current dishwasher) for its first phase. As the second phase of our community is built (another 12 homes) we will upgrade to commercial dishwashing and are designing our kitchen to easily upgrade. The advantage for us for using regular domestic appliances is that we got them all free. Our current refrigerator for example is a nice side by side unit but only holds limited leftovers. Every Friday night is leftover night and anything leftover after that gets composted. We intend to put just enough freezer and refrigerator capacity in the new commonhouse to meet one weeks worth of storage. We will upgrade our appliances when the dinner population reaches 40 or so, which won't happen until the second phase of homes is built. One note about planning. Although having adequate facilities is important, one thing I keep noticing about the current built communities is that less than half actually eat group dinner. So out of 25 households you may only have 12 that actually eat dinner. Given this, and also based on our own community experiences we are planning our kitchen and dining to comfortably accommodate 60 out of the 90 potential residents here. Our guess is that we will actually only have 40 regular eaters. I would be interested to learn what detracts people from joining in community meals. In our community members choose to not participate in group dinner because: (in order) 1. Prefer to eat with family 2. General loud environment (too many people) 3. Prefer to eat at different time 4. Dietary specialty can't be met 5. random personal schedule 6. Cooking anxiety (if you eat regularly there is subtle pressure to sign on to cook). Of course most people have more than one reason. One interesting dynamic that we have observed in ourselves is that those who came from large family environments tend to enjoy community dinner, those who came from small family environments tend to not participate.
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