Something Good in The Kitchen.

Hey friends, hey!

Have you heard about this amazing new spot in Columbus, The Kitchen?

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Love at first sight.

The Kitchen is tucked away in German Village (arguably my favorite area of C-bus.) It was started early in 2013 by two best friends who love to cook and have a good time while doing so. The concept behind The Kitchen is participatory dining (hello! So fun!) You purchase a seat for a specific night/menu and the staff walks you through cooking various parts of the meal. At the end of the night, you get to sit down at a banquet table with 25 new friends and enjoy the meal you all cooked together. They offer private events as well, for anything from a corporate outing to bridal shower. And if you aren’t so much into cooking, you could head over on a Taco Tuesday or Sunday evening dinner, for a more traditional restaurant experience.

My girl Kimmy and I went a few weeks ago as a Christmas/Birthday date. And I’ll admit, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. But I knew we had selected a great menu, so no matter what is was going to be delicious. Here’s what we walked into:

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We were immediately offered a huge spread of appetizers and an array of drinks at the bar. Once everyone arrived, about 25 guests, we went over some general how-to’s of the kitchen and reviewed the menu. Everyone then chose a station/course that they wanted to cook and we all got to work!

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Our new friends for the night…this was Damian’s first onion chopping experience…nailed it!

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After a couple of hours of cooking away, it was finally time to sit down and be served (the staff finishes up all the dishes, plates the courses and serves you.) Here’s our menu and how it all turned out:

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Appetizer:

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Soup (we cooked this course!)

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Main Course:

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And always my personal favorite…dessert:

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Everything was PHENOMENAL and fairly simple to make. The idea at The Kitchen is to cook with friends and have fun. There aren’t a ton of rules or cooking lessons, however all the staff members were more than willing to give us advice when we asked. It really did feel like a big dinner party. I think it’s a great date night or night out with the girls. My only problem now is that I want to go all the time…I haven’t seen a single menu that doesn’t look great!

Be sure to check it out for yourself at thekitchencolumbus.com. I guarantee you’ll enjoy yourself and learn a few things along the way.

 

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Operation Kitchen: The Seven Day Upgrade.

It’s done!!! At least for now. People keep telling me that there’s always something to work on in a house, and I officially believe it. I think I could always come up with a new project or something to replace. But, I think this week satisfied my home renovation bug for QUITE a while.

If you’ll recall, last week I wrote this post about the plan for the kitchen. At the time, the kitchen looked like this:

It was “fine.” But, it was nothing to get excited about. I love being in the kitchen, so it needs to be fun. So, without further delay, I give you my kitchen seven days later…

 

 

 

 

It’s so light! I feel like I’m walking into an entirely new house. I am beside myself with how well it came out. Here’s what we did:

-Removed cabinet from above the refrigerator
-Painted walls light blue
-Made and hung roman shades on both windows (my momma made these herself!)
-Painted cabinets white, replaced hinges and installed pulls.
-Hung spice racks (which are really picture ledges from Ikea for under $10!!)

Projects still to be worked on in the kitchen someday:
-I have two sets of Elfa shelves from the Container store to hang; one between the door and window (for canisters and baking goods) and one over the fridge to replace the large cabinet. I’m a little worried about how they’ll mount on walls (which seem to be really thin) but I REALLY want the storage space.
-Replace light fixture over the sink
-Make shade to cover window on the back door
-Replace kitchen faucet

BIG THANKS to my mom who worked diligently for a week, both on this project and my backyard. And to Daisy, who had to endure hours of being shut in the bedroom while we worked.

That was my week (exhausting but fulfilling)…how was your week??

Operation Kitchen Phase 1: The Kitchen Cart

While I was on staycation a couple of weeks ago, I decided to start working on my kitchen. I had been looking for a kitchen cart to replace the current stand left by the sellers. I was incredibly grateful they let me keep what was here, but I really wanted something that was a) on wheels so I could use it when cooking and b) had a cabinet component so I could store appliances in it. So after a pretty thorough search online, I found just what I wanted! And i came home to two VERY large boxes on my back porch…

Right? Well, I obviously got them inside, but trust me, it was a site to be seen. Anyway, after opening both boxes and laying out the pieces, I had this…

Oh my. I actually LOVE putting furniture together. It’s like a puzzle. And this was a pretty good buy; the directions were simple to follow and most of the pieces went together well. However, it did get serious a time or two…

After an hour or so of work {almost} all the screws went into place and I had a free-standing, rolling cart complete with cabinet, drawers and towel racks. I’m thrilled! Take a look at the before and after…

And to top it all off…I put the old shelf out in the front yard and it was gone in 15 minutes! My new favorite hobby is to see how long it takes giveaways to be picked up from the curb. Oh the small joys of living in the city!

Operation Kitchen.

This week begins Operation Get Rid of the Pink Kitchen. Now don’t get me wrong…I LOVE pink. Just not in my kitchen which is themed around this pretty little thing…

My baby.

Currently, my kitchen looks like this…

And here’s a little bit of the plan…

I’m most worried about painting the cabinets…but I’ve done my research so here’s hoping it goes better than I expect! Luckily my mom is coming to visit for the week and I’ll be keeping her busy 🙂 Updates to come for sure!

Happy week, friends!