|Common House dinners||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: The CoHousing Company (cohocohousingco.com)|
|Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 15:06:47 -0500|
Interesting to read the common dinner comments and glad to hear yet another confirmation of the importance of the visual connection between dining and kitchen. Since we continue to design several new common houses every year, we are very glad to hear any and all feedback on how common houses are working out there. RE: COMMON DINNERS At Doyle Street we have been doing common dinners three times per week religiously since we moved in almost seven years ago. They are undoubtedly the heart and soul of our community and an overwhelming success. Our trick was to establish the expectation of 3x/week, early in the planning process. We have held to a system where everybody cooks equally, we don't care how often you eat. Dinners are on regular days on a "Sunday-Tuesday-Thursda"y or "Saturday-Tuesday-Friday," etc. schedule, so you can count on them. I strongly recommend regular dinner days and a systemized cooking rotation. All of us are very busy and if cooking was voluntary, I can only imagine that few of us could find time to fit it in. With a system here everyone cooks; it is just one of the things to do. Those that don't eat very often are convinced that keeping the equal cooking system keeps the dinners a priority. Kathyn McCamant The CoHousing Company "Architectural Design and Consulting Services towards the formation of CoHousing Communities" email: coho [at] cohousingco.com web site: www.cohousingco.com tel. 510-549-9980, fax 510-549-2140 1250 Addison St. #113 Berkeley, CA 94702
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