February 18, 2016

Most Innovative Food Company 2016

In many homes, the kitchen is a hub of activity, the place where parents cook meals, kids do homework at the table, and pets hover underfoot for scraps. It's the place everyone wants to be. When Hugo Matheson, Kimbal Musk (brother of Tesla founder Elon Musk), and Jen Lewin launched The Kitchen in 2004, they were striving to recreate the sense of community that permeates a home kitchen. Years later, the concept has grown to include a group of eight intimate restaurants, pubs, and cocktail lounges in Denver and Chicago. More than just a feel-good location, the restaurants are entrenched in their communities, employing local craftsman to build the locations, and serving high-end sustainably harvest food and drink from nearby farms and ranches. As The Kitchen strives to have a minimal negative environmental impact on those communities, the locations also employ wind power, composting, recycling and eco-friendly packaging. But it doesn't stop there. The company uses a portion of its dining profits to fund a 501(c)3 nonprofit called The Kitchen Community, which has created more than 200 hands-on "Learning Gardens" at schools...