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Kitchen on menu at Shatford Centre
By Scott Trudeau
Special to the Western News
All of the ingredients are coming together for a community legacy project at the Shatford Centre.
Jane Shaak, executive director of the centre, said the Shatford Learning Kitchen will feature lifestyle classes and food demonstrations and provide a variety of programs, classes, events and activities to the heritage site.
Shaak said the project is a partnership between the Okanagan School of the Arts (OSA) and the Rotary Club of Penticton. Installation costs for the kitchen are estimated at $220,000. Rotary has committed to contributing $110,000 with the remainder coming from the OSA, which has raised more than $55,000 so far.
Kitchen plans will include holding culinary art classes operated through the OSA, and lifestyle and wellness classes for meals related to heart disease and diabetes. Shaak said the kitchen will also be used for special occasions (reunions and community celebrations) and be available for rental to farmers for food processing such as canning, dehydration and preserving, and rentals to caterers for fundraisers.
“It’s also for students that are taking classes at the Shatford,” she said. “When we have, let’s say a one-week program – this is what used to happen long ago at the Okanagan School of the Arts – we had a cafeteria for our students. It’s kind of like for meals and breaks for students that are attending school here.”
Shaak said raising funds for the project has gone well since it began in the spring of 2013.
“This is kind of the push to get the final funds in and get going on it,” she said.
Donor recognition opportunities range from $500 to the $20,000 level as well as significant naming opportunities for amounts greater than $20,000.
Shaak said the kitchen will be a true community builder because everyone in the community will have opportunities to use the facilities at the heritage site.
“What’s cool about it is, everybody loves it,” she said of the Shatford Centre. “It’s been brought back to life by people who like coming here.”
Installation of the kitchen will help the building become more sustainable because it will provide a welcoming place where food and people come together in the spirit of community, said Shaak.
“I think there’s a whole bunch of people really excited about it,” said Shaak. “It is something that’s going to be a real benefit to the whole community, it’s a legacy resource and the kind of facility that will be for many generations, it’s going to make a world of difference.”
For more information regarding the kitchen project call 250-770-7668 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals and organizations wishing to contribute can make cheques payable to Okanagan School of the Arts and drop them off at 760 Main St. Tax receipts will be provided for amounts greater than $20.