White Hot Party Launches Kitchen Acquisition Plan
Green Lake, Wi, June 6, 2016 – As part of its ongoing strategy to create a community that speaks directly to the way that today’s young people want to live, Green Lake Renewal today announced plans to acquire and expand Courthouse Kitchens of Green Lake, the commercial kitchen business incubator that was the community center Town Square’s first tenant when it opened its doors in 2012.
“For our communities to thrive, we need young, talented people to live and work here,” said Fran Hill, CEO of Green Lake Renewal. “Those 20 and 30 somethings are our future and will keep Green Lake vital. So we need to create a community that addresses the needs and desires of this new generation.”
The commercial kitchen acquisition is Green Lake Renewal’s first step in a three-pronged approach to creating a millennial-friendly community—a plan which will also include expanding fitness and wellness opportunities and developing an angel-network-supported business incubator. The strategy was developed following a series of “Think Tanks,” gatherings of area residents to discuss best uses for Hill Street Station, the former Green Lake County Safety building.
“We looked very closely at the millennial mindset, and we sought ways to match it to our community’s strengths,” explained Hill. “We picked three ‘perma-trends’—fundamental changes in the way people live their lives—where we saw a very clean fit: Wellness and Fitness; Entrepreneurism; and Local/Artisan Foods.”
The commercial kitchen, now called Courthouse Kitchens of Green Lake, was created by Dr. Barry Rogers to help new food businesses by providing a state-certified workspace, as required by law to sell products on the retail market. With the acquisition of the kitchen, Green Lake Renewal will offer kitchen participants additional services and expertise to take their businesses to the next level.
In addition to growing businesses and jobs, the commercial kitchen is an important component of a growing “Food Hub,” which includes cooking classes, farm-to-table dinners, and two outdoor markets at Town Square. “Today’s young people are all about experiences—more than possessions. So that’s what we are designing,” said Hill.Green Lake Renewal will launch its fundraising campaign to purchase the kitchen equipment at The White Hot Party, to be held on Saturday, July 16 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at 440 White Oaks Court—a new home developed by David Armstrong and Mike and Karen Streit in Green Lake’s Maplewood Estates. The event will offer an opportunity to meet six successful culinary entrepreneurs who have launched their businesses at Courthouse Kitchens, as well as to sample their creations.
"The White Hot Party is going to be the coolest event of the summer, and you sure don’t want to miss it,” said Green Lake Renewal Development Chair Jo Ellen Madden. “The house is cool. The drinks are cool. And we know the people who will attend are cool, as they will be supporting an important growth opportunity for our community.”
Tickets for the all-white attire evening are $100 per person, and may be obtained By Mail or On Line Registration or by phoning the Town Square main office at 920-807-0008. Green Lake Renewal is the 501(c)3, non-profit organization which operates the community center, Town Square; Green Lake Fitness 24/7; and Hill Street Station (the former safety building where the commercial kitchen is located). It is dedicated to revitalizing our communities by providing people who are passionate about the Green Lake area with opportunities to make a difference. For further information, please call 920-807-0008.