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Kitchen Notes – From Dave Leussler

Before he leaves for the day my friend Mark picks up three, warm, sloppy bags of kitchen compost from the floor. Watching him, I pray the bags hold long enough for him to get up the stairs, through the front doors, and out to our city compost bin. It’s always a gamble. So far we are winning.

I am deeply grateful to Mark who knows how important composting is, and cares enough about it to show up week after week and make it happen. Many have recommended composting, but only one has quietly dedicated himself to the practicalities and longitudinal commitment necessary.  

Cindy picks up a pen, rummages for paper, double checks ingredients, and arranges labels along our buffet table soon to be swarmed by hungry post-service eaters. She has: advised me on vegan/vegetarian options, questioned me on gluten-free brownie segregation and noted “Kids First” items. Today she had time to make the labels. Sometimes the swarm wins.

I’m deeply grateful to Cindy who both knows how important labeling is, and cares enough about it, to show up week after week (for years now) and make it happen. Many have recommended labeling, but only one has quietly dedicated herself to the practicalities and longitudinal commitment necessary.

Keith hauls a tower of sticky, tumbly bowls to the sink as Joe lifts the dishwasher gate to insert a ginormous metal pan and Madalyn collects ceramic coffee cups to fill a rack for the same steaming dishwasher her comrades worship. A filled cup rack weighs 50 times more than the stack of paper cups they are rescuing from a landfill today. 

I am deeply grateful to Keith and Madalyn and Joe who know how important washing dishes is in reducing our reliance on disposables.  They show up, have fun, and listen to me list the number of pots and pans they cleaned  today that were used to recapture donated veg that would otherwise join those paper cups and bowls fermenting in the sun.

Week after week. Month after month. They show up.

Many have recommended reusable dishes.  A few have quietly decided to act.  We could use a few more on our Kitchen Green Team if you have it in you. There are still spots on the schedule and a spot in my heart. 

Drop me a line.
Dave Leussler

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