Birmingham’s Community House unveils green demo kitchen

The teaching kitchen at Birmingham’s Community House will do more than inspire future culinary talents — new upgrades mean these potential chefs will be utilizing green appliances and materials.

State-of-the-art renovations to the Community House’s kitchen area include furniture made from recycled materials and energy-efficient appliances. For example, recycled glass was used for the countertops, LED lights were chosen, and a floor made of re-used materials was installed.

Costs were underwritten by the Rosso Family Foundation.


With the new appliances being so energy efficient, The Community House is also hoping to save money on utilities.

That’s part of the idea, said Janice Steinhardt, owner of MDG/The Green Kitchen Project, who donated the design and resources for the kitchen with partner Gary Fried. Local companies such as EuroCraft Interior in Sterling Heights also helped keep the project affordable.

“I think I suggested something green, and they liked that idea,” she said. “When I saw the space, I tried to understand the function of what we were doing: it’s a teaching kitchen, used by many people.”

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