I think the reason I love the Stone Soup story so much is the how the villagers had no idea what impact they were making on the recipe until they actually took part in sharing the amazing meal that served the whole community. I think that Grand Rapids actually has a leg up when it comes to that village. The village was resistant to welcoming change in the beginning, Grand Rapids is obviously the opposite.
I want to talk about some recent supporters that may or may not be aware of their impact.
During this session of Kitchen Sage, we are revitalizing the kitchen at St. Adalbert’s Parish. That means that we have a ton of work to do to a kitchen that has not been used in 10 years! We have to make sure that we update all licensing with the health department, make sure all the mechanicals are in order, of course we need to make sure the kitchen is secure, and is well stocked with all the tools we will need to cook up a storm! Thankfully, Msgr Stasker made sure the kitchen was already clean! Pretty awesome we were welcomed to a clean new home for Kitchen Sage, HUH?!!!
So first thing first, let’s get this amazing kitchen legal! So the first thing the junior chefs did was set up an appointment with our sanitarian from the Kent County Health Department. Of course I could have done this on my own, but at Kitchen Sage, every step is a chance for a lesson! So of course we had the kids hang out with Jeff Constantine, our sanitarian. Now the crew knows that the first step in starting any new hospitality venture is meeting with the local health department. Needless to say, the Kitchen Sage class was pretty impressed with Jeff. A big THANK YOU to Jeff for taking the extra time and engaging the junior chefs!