about the kitchen

Since Mundo Verde’s inception in 2011, healthy, real food has been one of our deeply rooted passions and commitments.  As our community has grown so has our ability to provide food education programming, beautiful garden spaces, connections to our local food system, and an increased focus on our school meals program.  

As part of the vision for our campus, Mundo Verde’s goal is to move towards an on-site commercial-grade self-prep kitchen that will allow the connection between our daily food service and our food education program to flourish. With the revenue from the Gala we will be able to install equipment for a self-prep kitchen and demonstration site that will be fully operational for the 2017-2018 school year!

The kitchen will elevate the quality of school meals, be used as an educational tool to align our already comprehensive cooking and gardening course work to meals, and act as a community connector to host evening meals, special events, and workshops.  We hope to create a space where food service professionals can be creative, celebrate the food traditions of our communities, and elevate food in our community and outside the walls of Mundo Verde.

Gala funds will allow us to purchase two combination ovens, a tilt skillet, a stove top, refrigeration, a hood ventilation system, and small wares needed to transition from a warming kitchen to a full-scale food operation.  The Gala proceeds will also serve as an investment in our food program that will eventually become more financially self-sufficient with more controlled per-meal costs and opportunities to generate income through community programs and dinners.

We are excited about bringing the smells, sounds, tastes, and learning opportunities of a full service kitchen to the heart of our main building.

Commercial-grade equipment + MV’s wellness + Food education programming + Chef

Combination Ovens: Combination ovens cook food using traditional oven heat and also introduce steam into the cooking process.  This system will help us steam our vegetables perfectly and create proteins that are better textured and more evenly cooked.  

Tilt Skillet: A tilt skillet will allow us to cook food in larger batches, such as homemade soups, pasta, greens, and many other items. This piece of equipment will help save us time and allow us to cook quickly!

Four Burner Range: A range is important to finish sauces and glazes for school meals. It will also be a key piece for programmatic usage – we’ll use it for cooking classes and demonstrations for families to showcase cooking that can be done using a simple stove top like the one in most homes.

Grease Hood System: The biggest installation needed to complete our kitchen is a ventilation hood system, which regulates the air in the kitchen.  The system controls exhaust and grease and vents them out, so the kitchen, the rest of the building, and its occupants remain safe. We will need to hire a general contractor to install this system and will collaborate with the D.C. Fire Marshall to ensure it is properly installed and sustainable for the future of our kitchen.

Reach-in Cooler and Freezer: Refrigeration is crucial to the success of a from-scratch kitchen, so we will be building out additional space for our refrigeration and freezers in our first floor and basement. This will require tiling the basement and creating additional safe prep space near our coolers.

Small Appliances:  While the large appliances take much of the space and attention, it is the small appliances that will allow for faster and easier prep. Some must-have small appliances include commercial grade blender, stand mixer, food processing machine, and immersion blender. Our students and community members will also use these items during cooking classes we plan to host on-site.

Kitchen Basics: Any chef will tell you that you can't cook if you don't have the right tools! We need spatulas, cookware (stockpots, saucepans, and sauté pans), baking sheets, ladles, strainers, mixing bowls, knives, and all the pieces that will help us stir, blend, and chop delectable meals within our kitchen.