Last fall Claudia Gibson unexpectedly retired and closed her popular catering and luncheon operation in the kitchen space at the Rockfish Valley Community Center. The kitchen had been working for 12 years.
"This unexpected announcement created an immediate challenge for RVCC in terms of replacing the lease revenue, but also created an exciting opportunity for RVCC to re-envision this space and its use to better promote its community mission," RVCC Executive Director Stuart Mills explained in April.
RVCC now plans “to broaden the impact that this space could have in our community by expanding the number and types of culinary activities it could support," Mills told the community.
The plan now is to create a “community kitchen.” Mills would like it to be anchored by one full-time cooking tenant, or two part-time tenants. During the tenant’s off hours the kitchen will also be available for rental, under the tenant-chefs’ supervision, for community non-commercial use.
Mills says he has has already been approached by individuals who have interest in teaching cooking classes of various types and styles.
Others have have told Mills they might use the kitchen for seasonal canning. Some want "to support events that include meals, to support community fundraisers such as spaghetti dinners and cooking competitions, to permit preparation of foods for sale at local markets and to support numerous other uses," Mills said.
No full or part-time tenants are in hand yet, however. Mills says RVCC is seeking “community-minded permanent tenants who want to grow their own businesses, and hopefully help others do the same.”
Anyone interested in renting the renovated kitchen space is urged to contact Sara Taylor at the Center to review the renovation and equipment plans and to discuss lease terms. Taylor can be reached at via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 434-361-0100.
“We’re seeking community-minded permanent tenants who want to grow their own businesses, and hopefully help others do the same.”
–Stuart Mills, Rockfish Valley Community Center