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Welcome to Many Kitchens!

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I had always dreamt of opening a small food shop in the West Village where I live, but realized that New Yorkers already had access to amazing foods everywhere from Union Square market to Smorgasburg to name just two. What about the rest of America? How could friends on the West Coast get access to all the amazing foods being produced in New York and vice versa? Hey presto, the idea for Many Kitchens was born – an online marketplace would solve this very problem. My two great passions in life are books and food. So, on May 4th 2012, after 15 years in publishing, I bid farewell to my wonderful colleagues at Penguin and decided to start a new life promoting and selling artisanal foods from around the country and eventually the globe. It was a huge leap of faith and I’m loving every minute of it.

 

If I could pick one word to describe the essence of what I want Many Kitchens to be, it would be ‘generous’. I have been overwhelmed by the generosity I have received in setting Many Kitchens up; not just from friends (you know who you are!) but friends of friends – basically total strangers giving me their valuable time, incredible knowledge and much needed advice. I would like to pay that generosity forward. Be Generous to our customers, generous to our food producers, generous to our colleagues, our employees and the food community in any way we can. I have always been impressed by my great friend Ben Pentreath, who has set up a very successful architecture and design firm and who epitomizes the word ‘generous’. I have never read an interview with him in which he hasn’t promoted another business. Learning from him and others who I admire, I want to always promote foods that we find and love whether we are fortunate enough to be selling them on Many Kitchens or not.

 

So who are we and what can we do for you? The amazingly creative Truax and Co., who designed the site, came up with the name ‘Many Kitchens’ which I love because it doesn’t limit us to just food. We want to source everything from the best pies to the perfect colander. Everything will be tasted and tested by us and while taste is of course subjective, we hope that you will begin to trust us and our choices. The weekly blog will include features with recipes from me and the Amazing Aurora Satler who I’m so grateful has come on board. 

 

So join us on this mission to share the best artisanal food from around the country. If you haven't already, please sign up (top right) - we want to hear from you and learn about your discoveries at local farmers markets. Let’s be generous and help these producers grow rather than keeping the secret to ourselves! We'll be launching our e-commerce site later this fall but wanted to give you a sneak peek of some of the food we're selling. Doesn’t everything look delicious?!

 

 

13 Comments

Lindsey Evans
Lindsey Evans

October 01, 2012

Congratulations on the launch of Many Kitchens, Val! Can’t wait to see how it grows and to read all about the products etc that you will be selling. So exciting!

Laura de'Castiglioni
Laura de'Castiglioni

October 03, 2012

This looks incredible and delicious. Must not visit site when hungry…
Really looking forward to reading more!
Well done x

Amy Utter
Amy Utter

September 26, 2012

Absolutely beautiful! Congrats!

Susan Belkin
Susan Belkin

September 26, 2012

Best wishes Val! I am Melissa Belkin Elders mother. We will both be advid followers of this site.

keith klein
keith klein

September 26, 2012

congrats, valentina. great idea, lovely site. hope it goes global gangbusters for you!

Yvonne
Yvonne

September 26, 2012

Woohoo – Congrats, Val!!
Looking forward to your eCommerce launch. Wishing you all the best!

Sally Butler
Sally Butler

September 26, 2012

Congratulations, Val!! Great article and introduction to Many Kitchens! Can’t wait to start shopping, especially for Christmas gifts!

dave
dave

September 25, 2012

Great start…… Looking forward to world wide foodness mmmmmm!!!!..

Elke
Elke

September 25, 2012

Hi Val! Congrats on your new venture, I can’t wait to peruse your e-commerce site. I am hoping to spy a few gift ideas for the holidays, they will be here before you know it. Best of luck!

Mim
Mim

September 25, 2012

Val what a brilliant start! Looking forward to the global version.

Grainne McMorrow
Grainne McMorrow

September 25, 2012

Fantastic Valentina ! best of luck with your new venture – Go Global asap Please !

clare cushman
clare cushman

September 25, 2012

Yummy Yummy Congrats on the launch Valentina

Dave Baron
Dave Baron

September 25, 2012

Wow – I couldn’t be more excited to start reading and shopping! Really looking forward to the launch of the full site! Signing up now . . .

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