Re: Oh no, it's that Kitchen topic again!
From: Sharon Hamer (
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 06:34:43 -0500
I hope the responses to this will be ont he list. We at Cambridge Cohousing
have an already built, but not yet used, kitchena nd dining room. Ginny brings
up some good issues that I would like to have the answer to.

Sharon Hamer................................hamer [at]
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Virginia Moreland wrote:

>    But we're not so sure about our needs for storage, food delivery,
> logistics and labor. We don't know how many nights per week we'll do
> dinner, but probably just two or three to start. Our friend recommends a
> walk-in refrigerator and tells us we'll need to have food delivered a
> couple of times a week. Our Common House is not even near the parking area,
> since we all wanted it to have a nice view of the pond and gardens, but
> there will be a firelane which could handle deliveries. Veggies will be
> grown on site, but as he rightly point out, we probably won't want to be
> carrying five-dozen potatoes up from the farm in a knapsack.
>    What's even more alarming is that he estimates it would take three or
> four amateur cooks a full eight-hour workday to produce one dinner. It's
> gotten us to thinking about finding a student at one of the local colleges
> (where there are hospitality management programs!) to trade free room and
> board for being chief cook, with the residents signing up as volunteer
> teams to assist. Anybody done anything like that?
>    General words of wisdom are always welcome of course, but what we'd
> really like is a few contacts at larger, established communities who'd be
> willing to talk to one of our members about these issues. Anyone have a
> contact at Nyland? I also seem to remember from the conference that
> Elizabeth Bailey (Greyrock Commons, I think) had collected a lot of kitchen
> data, but I've lost track of her email, phone, etc.
>    Thanks in advance.
> Ginny Moreland
> East Lake Commons and Gaia Gardens
> Atlanta (actually Decatur), Georgia
> ginny [at]
> (404) 622-8187
> In Atlanta, where it's already in the nineties.  Five weeks into the CSA
> season we got our first flowers and carrots today.  The dam is almost
> finished to create our pond, and the squeamish have to avert their eyes as
> some of the trees go down (as few as possible naturally.)

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