Brief: Community Connections opens neighbourhood kitchen

Community Connections Revelstoke opens The Neighbourhood Kitchen, an industrial space to make use of unused food bank items and partner with local businesses

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Finishing touches: Work is almost complete on a new community kitchen at the Community Connections building. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer staff

Community Connections Revelstoke Society has opened a shared commercial kitchen space for Food Bank meal production and food entrepreneurs. In a continuation of their efforts to support the well-being of Revelstoke, Community Connections has opened The Neighbourhood Kitchen located at the Community Connections Outreach Building at 416 Second Street West. 

The Neighbourhood Kitchen is a shared commercial kitchen space managed by Red Seal Chef Austin Luciow. Luciow will be making use of products not taken home by food bank clients and turning them into ready-to-eat meals. The kitchen will also work with rental customers and area producers to concentrate on local businesses. 

The Neighbourhood Kitchen is a place to learn about food production and for entrepreneurs and business owners to host a course and share their knowledge. Community Connections says opening this kitchen in partnership with the charitable food programs in town allows the kitchen to be accessible to the most amount of people.

“The 2014 Revelstoke Food Security Strategy identified that value-added products are an un-tapped area of our food system, so we are very pleased to be able to partner with business development organizations to help build local food processing businesses,” Melissa Hemphill, Co-Director of the Outreach Building, says in a press release. “Tying in this objective with our charitable food programs is a key to sustainability of the programs and will help to build a community within the food production sector.

If you would like to rent the kitchen to host a course for business needs or volunteer, contact the kitchen manager at kitchen@community-connections.ca.