Cookbook to help fund town kitchen
PETERBOROUGH — The town’s Recreation Department is hoping to completely renovate the kitchen at the Community Center on Elm Street, with the goal of having a commercial grade facility that can be used by both community groups and individuals for a range of programs and also make the center attractive for rental use. But before the work can start, about $32,000 still needs to be raised.
The most recent fundraising project is a cookbook to be called “Flavors of Our Town,” which organizers Mandy Sliver and Carol Nelson of Peterborough and Mike Klein of Gilsum hope to have ready for sale during the holiday season.
“We’re trying to get the book done, but we need to get recipes,” Sliver said on Tuesday. “So far we have about 25. We want to have at least 150.”
The deadline for recipe submissions has been extended to Oct. 21. Recipes can be submitted online at www.peterboroughcookbook.com or delivered to the Peterborough Town House or the Peterborough Recreation Department during business hours.
“Recipes can be pretty much anything,” Sliver said. “We’ll have eight categories. We hope children will submit kid-friendly recipes. We want to keep it simple and we want it to be a book people will actually use.”
Recreation Director Jeff King said the Recreation Department charters all the scouting groups in town, which prompted the idea of having a section for outdoor cooking. He’s expecting Scouts will be able to provide some interesting recipes.
“A lot of people never cook with a Dutch oven. They have no clue how to do it,” King said. “We have Dutch ovens here. People can borrow one if they want to try it.”
King said the kitchen renovation is expected to cost about $144,000. The department received a $70,000 matching grant from the N.H. Charitable Foundation and other grants, including $15,000 from the Daniels Foundation, and various fundraising efforts have brought in about $36,000 so far.
“Carol and Mike have been doing fundraising. They did an online appeal,” King said. “The 100 Plus Women Who Care group raised $1,275. We’ve had contributions from Divine Mercy Parish and the Waterhouse restaurant. The kids in our summer teen challenge program did a car wash and we just heard that ConVal’s Interact Club wants to have a danceathon. There’s broad community support, a little bit here, a little there.”
King said there appears to be demand for the kitchen, which is intended to help the Recreation Department meet its mandate from town officials that the Community Center be self-supporting.
“People calling for rental information are asking about availability of a kitchen,” King said. “I think it will make the building much more marketable.”