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Press Release – Fair Food Matters Can-Do Kitchen Grand Opening

July 19, 2011

From a Fair Food Matters press release…..

Fair Food Matters’ Can-Do Kitchen to host grand opening in new location

The Can-Do Kitchen, the region’s only food business incubator, will host a grand opening on Saturday, August 6, from 2-7 p.m. The event, free of charge and open to the public, will take place at the kitchen’s new location: 511 Harrison Street, Kalamazoo (in the same building as the People’s Food Co-op).


A program of Fair Food Matters, the Can-Do Kitchen offers would-be food entrepreneurs a low-risk, low-cost environment to test their products.


It also is designed to function as a community asset, a place where adults, teens and children gather for classes and meetings on cooking, canning, nutrition and other food-related topics – with a focus on serving the underserved.


A number of current Can-Do Kitchen clients will provide treats at the grand opening, including Ageless Pantry (iced tea), The Green Lunch Box (kids’ lunch box meals), The Gathering Bread (dry bread and dip mixes), and The Adventures of Barb & Tammy (granolas, fruit/nut mixes).


Two local chefs will use the kitchen’s two-station food preparation area in a “chef showdown.” Howie Peak, executive chef of the soon-to-opened fuel (“Kalamazoo’s only completely vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurant”) and Allen Worman, executive chef of Mangia Mangia will shop in the adjacent People’s Food Co-op for fresh ingredients, then face off beginning at 3 p.m. for “best presentation,” “best use of mystery local ingredient,” and “most entertaining to watch.” Visitors are encouraged to vote at around 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.


Can-Do Kitchen staff and volunteers will also offer tours of the new space and answer questions about food entrepreneurship.


Although the new space has been operational for nearly two months, Fair Food Matters hopes to complete a capital campaign to raise funds to purchase appliances, fixtures and utensils for the kitchen. The campaign stands at 80 percent of its goal ($131,658 raised toward a goal of $165,410). Supporters of the Can-Do Kitchen are encouraged to help close the final gap of $34,265 before August 6 with a tax-deductible donation.


The Can-Do Kitchen grand opening takes place the same day and time as the grand opening celebration for the People’s Food Co-op (, which will feature local music, kids’ activities, food samples and more.

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