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Spring in the kitchen incubator business could be renamed "farmer's market application season." This time of year, many of the wonderful small food artisans you enjoy all summer at farmer's markets around the city look for a place to prepare those goodies.  Many turn to a kitchen like ours, or try to wedge themselves into a restaurant when it's closed, a Park District Field House, church basement, what have you. 

LEED Certification - Home Stretch

Our certification process with the US Green Building Council is nearing completion.  When all is said and done, it will be about 2 1/2 years start to finish.  We are on track to receive a LEED Gold rating, the second-highest level of sustainability in building construction projects.

Sea 2 Table

Yesterday we hosted a chef's tasting of sustainable seafood choices, courtesy of Sea 2 Table.  Based in Brooklyn, Sea 2 Table links chefs with sustainable fisheries.  Good times in the kitchen, as chefs tasted crab from Washington State, and black drum from Louisiana among others.  Guests included Stephanie Izard, hard at work on her restaurant to open in

Pastry Surprises In Store


More Sustainable Events

I had the honor of speaking to ISES, the International Society of Event Specialists this week.  My topic: how to host more sustainable events.  This group's annual "Day of Education" was terrific. 

Who dat?

I love playoff football, and I've been rooting for the New Orleans Saints all the way.  We visited New Orleans last month, and that town IS BACK is a big way.  I love the team's relationship with the town, and the story is so moving.  The people living in New Orleans are there because they chose to return and rebuild.  Here's a wonderful 4 minute video from ESPN writer and Louisiana native Wright Thompson.  It's terrific! 

LEED Construction Credits Submitted!

Finally! Today we successfully submitted our final documentation for our LEED construction credits.  This process began over two years ago.  This photo of our wall of doors is one of the most recognizable sustainable features of our building.  All rescued from landfill, they are a stunning example of 'one man's trash is another man's treasure.'

Zina to speak at ISES Day of Education: 2/2/10

I'm priveleged to be speaking at the Chicago Chapter of ISES Day of Education on February 2nd.  ISES, the International Special Event Society, the professional special events organization.  I'll be giving a talk on how to make special events more sustainable, and learning a great deal from a large group of event professionals under one roof.

Welcome 2010!

I don't think I've met anyone who isn't happy about saying goodbye to 2009.  It was a tough and challenging year.  But no matter how tough times have been, the New Year always feels optimistic to me, full of promise.  

Putting 2009 to Bed

I always have a renewed optimism this time of year.  A fresh start.  It doesn't always serve me or the Kitchen, as I can turn into a nutcase racing to finish up projects before the big ball drops in Times Square.

But boy does it feel good to offload the big stuff. This week sees us finalizing our permanent financing for the Kitchen. (THANK YOU, Jim Eccher and Bob Briski of Old Second National Bank.) Our LEED certification is ready to submit, just waiting on some technical corrections from the USGBC.  We've started our search for a pr firm too.

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