So, as we said in our previous post, we’re in the new kitchen now. The school district spent a lot of money so that we could have a new, clean space to learn about healthy cooking and eating. Here are some of the super cool things in this new kitchen:
We’ve got beautiful cabinets and counters. Here, John Marquez is getting ready to put some quiches in the oven.
This commercial-grade oven can get super hot. It’s also a “convection oven,” which means it circulates the air around so that things cook faster.
There are shiny new hoods over each cook station to whisk away steam and cooking smells.
We’ve got open shelving, so that we can see what’s where.
We’ve got room for industrial shelving for spices so that we can see everything. Plus, a second video monitor!
We’ve got a walk-in fridge. Here’s our assistant teacher Kristin showing it off!
We are so happy to be in this new space. When you walk through the door, it just makes you feel good to be here. But there’s still one problem: We have this beautiful new space and all this equipment, but we still have the old stoves and ovens we had when our class was in a temporary trailer. Don’t get us wrong: We cooked some awesome lunches on those old stoves. But they’ve got problems: They’re electric, so you can’t adjust the stove temperature quickly. The ovens don’t get too hot, and they don’t heat evenly. You can make decent food on these stoves, but not the best. You just don’t have enough control.
Here’s one of the old stoves. They’re OK, but not great.
Chef Cindy says that we can learn more if we have stoves and ovens that are more like the ones professionals use. She’s found a supplier who will give them to us “at cost.” That means he won’t charge us extra so he can make a profit. Still, buying the ovens for all of the cook stations will cost about $10,000.
Chef Cindy told us that at some schools, parents have organizations that make it possible for them to donate money so that schools can buy extras like these commercial stove that we need. We don’t have anything like that at our school. Many of our parents work really hard. They might have two or three jobs to make ends meet. They don’t have much extra money. They don’t have much extra time. So what do we do?
Chef Cindy says it doesn’t matter how much money you have. What matters, she says, is how hard you’re willing to work. Never say you can’t; just say you’re willing. We believe in our class and we believe in our new classroom. We’re going to raise the money that we need!
We’re going to have a grand opening party for our classroom on May 7, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
It’s going to be a celebration, and it’s going to be a fundraiser.
We’re going to divide up into several cooking teams and we’re going to cook up our best recipes. We’re going to invite several hundred people. We’re going to show them why they should support our class in this way. We’re going to show them how we are going to make a difference.
Chef Cindy says the supplier is willing to deliver the ovens now if we pay him by July. She says she’s putting her credibility on the line. She asked if we’re with her in this project. We cheered and shouted, “Yes!”
Chef Cindy said, “OK.” Then she went to call the supplier.
Here’s Chef Cindy calling the supplier. You can see what the new stoves look like from the picture on the cover of catalog.
We can’t let Chef Cindy down. We can’t let ourselves down. So save the date!
New Kitchen Open House
Mount Diablo High School
Home Economics Building
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Drop by, see our new space. See how we’re changing ourselves and our community. Eat some delicious food. Make a donation! If each guest makes a donation we can reach our goal.