May 24 7 25, 2002: Our New Kitchen


American Flatbread – Flatbread Kitchen

Dedication

Friday and Saturday May 24 and 25, 2002

Tonight’s menu and baking are dedicated to

 

Our New Kitchen

 

Welcome to our new kitchen. This place has been made out of the shell of a nineteenth century barn. It’s a nice old barn, and I’ve always liked it, but barns don’t make the best commercial kitchens, at least not anymore. For many years we have limped through, or more accurately, along, with what we had. I am enormously grateful that this long over due construction – the last room to be reconstructed in this bakery- has finally come to pass. Like everything else that happens here, this accomplishment is the result of many hands and minds- working toward a common goal of beauty and functionality.

            Here are some- I hope most, though I know not all- of the people, and their contribution(s). The senior staff endorsed the idea a year ago. About six months ago, Jim Edgecomb helped us with the architecture. Jim saw the project through to its completion, advising on every aspect, from foundation to surface materials to lighting. J. A. Morrissey Co. was the general contractor. The project came in on time, on budget, and every individual in their organization was a pleasure to work with. Thanks, Jeff. Bill Pring and his crew of plumbers got our water flowing right. Mike Eramo and his band of tile setters worked long days to get the tile in on time. Nevtec with Bob Bly and crew designed and installed the new copper-clad hood. Middlesex electric got us wired and powered. Gerry Jones got us unplugged and gave us courage to start. Roger Lanphear did the excavation work. I never got the cement guy’s name- but he came on time and got the job done. Everyone on our regular staff did something, but of particular note was Robin Morris, who helped us walk through the financing, and Andy Connell, who, as project coordinator, watched every detail. Gibb Geiger built out cabinets (I think that guy can do anything!) And Vt. Soapstone Co. fabricated our soapstone sinks and counters. Then there were the guys who built our butcher block counters… Oh, what a beautiful kitchen they helped us make! Now on to the food! Happy Memorial Day.

                                               

                                                                        Love,

                                                                                    George

 

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