Gas­tro­nomic up­grade to club’s kitchen

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - FRONT PAGE - ALAN S. HALE ahale@post­media.com twit­ter.com/alan_S_hale

Corn­wall’s next gen­er­a­tion of chefs may very well be learn­ing how to chop, sauté and bake at Boys and Girls Club, now that their club­house on Henry Street has a brand new kitchen with mod­ern ap­pli­ances.

The kitchen was un­veiled at a cer­e­mony held on Thurs­day af­ter­noon in front of a gath­er­ing of the club’s young mem­bers, me­dia and rep­re­sen­ta­tive from GoEasy, which paid for the ren­o­va­tion.

The club’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Jac­quie Richards, said the new kitchen is a gi­ant im­prove­ment over what their long­time club­house had be­fore.

“There was a shell of a kitchen here be­fore, which didn’t even have stove – which makes do­ing things dif­fi­cult. All we had was a fridge, a sink and a lit­tle bit of cab­i­netry,” said Richards. “It re­ally limited us.

“We could not run cook­ing pro­grams here be­cause you had to cook food and bring it here.”

This was a big prob­lem for two rea­sons. One is the Corn­wall chap­ter of the club pro­vides food to 400 chil­dren ev­ery day at its eight dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions around the city dur­ing the school year. Now more of that food can be cooked on­site. The sec­ond rea­son is cook­ing classes have been the most highly re­quested new pro­gram from kids and par­ents at the Boys and Girls Club for the past few years.

“The kitchen opens up a whole new realm of pos­si­bil­i­ties for us,” said Richards. “Life skills is a big one; spe­cial­ity cook­ing pro­grams will be able to op­er­ate on week­ends … This al­lows us to be­come a teach­ing kitchen and bring kids in to plan a menu, make it and eat it. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less.”

With the ren­o­va­tions com­pleted, the club­house now has an in­duc­tion range with ven­ti­la­tion, a new fridge, plenty of cab­i­nets, a back­splash, mi­crowave, and so much counter space it can have stools along it to use as a ta­ble.

The new kitchen was built over the course of four or five days and was paid for en­tirely by GoEasy as part of their EasyBites ini­tia­tive— the goal of which is to ren­o­vate 100 kitchens at Cana­dian Boys and Girls Clubs by 2023 – the Henry Street club­house was num­ber 17.

Phil Thomas is the man­ager of the GoEasy store on Pitt Street and says he is proud to see the com­pany he works for tak­ing on this ini­tia­tive.

“This project is go­ing to cost $2.5 mil­lion across Canada, and what I like to see about it is that it’s in my com­mu­nity,” said Thomas. “It’s nice to see it come to a small town like Corn­wall.”

ALAN S. HALE/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREE­HOLDER

Mem­bers of the Corn­wall Boys and Girls Club check out their new kitchen, which was un­veiled at the Henry Street club­house on Thurs­day.

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