by Jordan Quidachay
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
‘The Kitchen Community’, as it is known collectively, is a series of restaurant venues founded by Hugo Matheson, Kimbal Musk, and Jen Lewin. Founded in April 2004, ‘The Kitchen’ was opened as a community bistro of sorts in Boulder, Colorado and the restaurant has since then found its way onto 5280’s top 25 restaurants of the region. Just a year later in ‘05, [Upstairs] opened their doors as Boulder’s community cocktail lounge followed by The Kitchen [Next Door] in 2011 providing the Boulder community with pub style food and atmosphere. The Kitchen Community’s latest addition: The Kitchen Denver, slated to open its doors to the public March 20, 2012 and also where I find myself among the restaurants opening back-of-house dinner crew..or family I should say.
Family. Community. Passion.
These were the words that constantly resonated through the unfinished office space above Blake Street that morning during The Kitchen Denver’s new-employee orientation. The hierarchy of management spoke to about 100 or so brand new employees of the restaurant’s history and philosophy. The philosophy: Community through food.
Food truly is not just sustenance for one’s body. It is memories forged around the dinner table with family and loved ones. It is love and laughter being shared in the company of others. Food is happiness. Food is magic. The founders and every member of The Kitchen family believe this with their hearts and souls. They believe that through good food, a special moment is created, a memory forever cherished. Thomas Keller said, ‘A great meal is not one that fills you up. A great meal is a kind of journey that returns you to sources of pleasure you may have forgotten and takes you to places you haven’t been before.’ Ahhh, the power of food.
And tomorrow, I begin my journey with my newly acquired family members at The Kitchen Denver. Nails are trimmed, shoes are polished, knives are sharpened and I look forward to all the new and exciting opportunities and experiences ahead.
In Veritate Et Caritate