The Kitchen Community (TKC) has some amazing supporters who make it possible to reach 250,000 students in nearly 450 underserved schools across America. One of the greatest partnerships is with The Kitchen Restaurant Group which includes Next Door Eatery, The Kitchen Bistro, and Hedge Row. The Kitchen Restaurant Group has supported the work of TKC since we started in 2011 and we could have not impacted so many children without their generosity. Kimbal Musk and Hugo Matheson, co-founders of The Kitchen restaurants, and later TKC, believe in real food for everyone.
Collectively, The Kitchen Restaurant Group is the largest corporate donor to The Kitchen Community. One way the restaurant group supports TKC is through their soft openings. Every soft opening the restaurant group hosts gives the staff time to perfect their training in order to provide you, their guests, with the amazing real food and service that we all know and love! What you might not know is that all of the proceeds from these soft openings goes to support the work of TKC!
This year, the restaurant group has opened three new restaurants in Colorado including the opening of Next Door Eatery in Longmont and Stapleton as well as Hedge Row in Cherry Creek. The soft openings this year have generated $38,320 to support Colorado schools! This equates to granting a deserving school that has been on our waitlist their very own Learning Garden!
The most recent soft opening at Next Door Eatery in Longmont brought in $12,195 for our work in Colorado. These funds will provide three schools in Colorado the ability to have TKC program support throughout the entire school year.
In Colorado, TKC has built 55 Learning Gardens that transformed the schoolyards into thriving outdoor classrooms. The majority of our builds are along the Front Range, and our website showcases where these schools are located. The Kitchen Community garden team supports schools year-round with programing in order to help the school integrate the Learning Garden into the classroom.
The Kitchen Community wants to thank each and every person who came out in support of Next Door Eatery in Longmont and TKC. As you continue to support your neighborhood Next Door restaurant, you continue to support a healthier world for our children!