About Us

 
We are two friends, one steeped in the world of farms and food, the other in the world of medicine, both with a desire to eat fresh, healthy, and local. For a while we’ve been dreaming up a place where we can build community around food, by preparing meals together, by eating together, by learning together, and by supporting one another in the journey towards our very best relationship with food…together. As busy moms, we also want to create a source for quick meals that we know are locally sourced and healthy.

 

There are so many reasons that getting a healthy meal on the table is a challenge, and that challenge is different for each person out there: sometimes it’s time and energy, sometimes it’s from a lack of inspiration or knowledge, and sometimes it’s access and affordability. Whatever your reason, RCK is here to support you in your journey towards your ideal relationship with food.

Our innovative facility works to address as many of these challenges as possible through:

  • locally-sourced prepared meals for those short on time and energy
  • cooking classes for inspiration and knowledge
  • our Feed it Forward program provides free meals and classes to increase access and affordability

We also provide:

  • event space and kitchen rentals for community members
  • a cozy space during the day for folks to work or meet
  • a lending library of cookbooks

 

MEET AMY AND SUSAN

Amy Gifford

Food is Love.  At least in the house where Amy grew up.  So many of her happiest memories involve food, from long-distance phone conversations with her grandmother about Lebanese-inspired recipes to standing next to her mother, hands in ground beef, learning the coveted secret to the perfect meatball.  Still today, one of Amy's greatest pleasures is feeding people, especially her family, good food.  For Amy, good means cooked from scratch, using fresh, whole ingredients grown nearby.  In her home cooking, her professional life working with Vermont Food Education Every Day, and now at Richmond Community Kitchen, Amy places the highest value on using ingredients that have integrity to prepare meals with love.  She can't wait to share them with you!

 

Susan Whitman

Some of Susan's earliest memories are of cooking.  From her mom baking Swedish rye bread (the counters would be full of loaves for both family and friends) to making jelly "puffs" with her sisters and cousins at her grandparents cottage, food was comfort.  She learned to cook for a crowd in the high mountain huts in New Hampshire and now enjoys exploring the local food scene with her husband and two boys.  In her career as a Physician Assistant and now as an Integrative Health Coach in private practice, she sees firsthand how eating well and being part of a community impacts our health and wellness. She is excited to offer easier ways for busy folks to get a healthy meal on the table.

 

 

RICHMOND COMMUNITY KITCHEN

WELCOME TO THE TABLE