Sanborn House Gets Cooking!
Thanks to a grant of $5,000 from the En Ka Society, the Historical Society will take the first step in upgrading the kitchen of the Sanborn House. After meeting with John Sousa of Crabtree McGrath Associates, Food Facilities Planners, and Sue Clark, an experienced caterer and our former Facilities Manager, the Building Committee drafted a preliminary kitchen plan.
Work will begin on the â€œbuttery,â€ the service entry that once housed food deliveries and the ice chest. Last year the asbestos tiles were removed; this year contractors will install a new sub-floor and flooring, prepare and paint the room. This will provide storage space for both our own equipment and rentals dropped off by caterers for events. The funds will also allow us to purchase two large stainless steel worktables. The Society is working with the Winchester Board of Health on long-term plans and current practice so that events at the Sanborn House meet state requirements.
We received additional donations from our members who attended the Potluck Dinner at the Sanborn House in March. These will be set aside for plumbing improvements. Having an attractive, usable kitchen will improve our ability to make maximum use of the first floor rooms and contribute to the sustainability of operations. Additional contributions for this effort are always welcome.