to exotic places with our out-of-the-ordinary dinners
ORDER A TRAVEL-INSPIRED DINNER.
PICK UP AT OUR KITCHEN
MAKE A NIGHT OF IT with suggested beverage and entertainment pairings and fun food and cultural information... in case you've run out of conversation.
Everything is made for you by Francesca and Tom from scratch, with love, using the highest quality organic, wild caught and pasture-raised ingredients available, locally sourced when possible and imported for authenticity.
• ORDER AND PAY ONLINE.
•Go to EASY READ MENU to see details about the week's dinner. Otherwise, if you're ready to order go to ONLINE ORDERING.
On the online ordering page, the week's menu choices appears at center. Click to expand to read the description and add to cart. If menus are not automatically displayed, click "LET'S GO!" on the left side of the page.
• After you choose your items, choose pick up day and then choose specific time.
Only choose one of the three dates on the menu.
• Pick up THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS, and SATURDAYS between 4:30 - 6:00 PM.
• At checkout, you'll indicate your choice of day. Click on SPECIFIC TIME to indicate your preferred pickup time.
Please choose only from the TH, FR and SAT STATED ON THE MENU as the app's calendar does not limit choices
• The menu changes each week. Orders for the week's menus close on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 AM. After 9:00 AM on Wednesdays, you are ordering the next week's dinner.
.• Pick up at the C&K kitchen on the west side (back) of Conifer Marketplace (Staples).
• Upon ordering you'll receive an email with suggested themed pairings for beverages (including no alcohol options), tables settings, music and movies so you can plan ahead to extend dinner into an evening's get-away evening. We also include information about ingredients, food history and food culture related to your dinner to spark conversation and new topics to explore.
• Accommodations for vegetarians, GF, DF will gladly be made upon request. Options are always available whether we state it or not.
•NEW! Sharing is Caring
Buy dinner for struggling neighbors.
Love and Gratitude.
They are the principles and purpose that underlie our business. We are overwhelmed by the appreciation and loyalty of our customers and we are empowered by optimism toward the future.
Still, the needs in the world just seem so overwhelming sometimes and people don’t know what they can do to help even though they so want to. We are grateful for having the power to make small differences by making it a good day for people in our community who have a lot more tough days. And once again we are humbled by the generosity of our goodhearted customers who have asked us to cook dinners for some of those folks who have hit a rough patch. Some buy dinner and take it to people they know. But most of us have no idea who in our community needs help.
One of our customers learned of the long lines of cars at MRC's food bank. (Turns out, it was about 700 people a month in 2020!!!) He asked if he could give us $100 to buy some of our travel-inspired dinners for some of those people, to remind them that their present situation is not their final destination, that they deserve a special meal prepared for them and that people care about them. Other donations from people wanting to pay it forward have also come in. It looks like the beginning of something!
Sharing is Caring
Feeding people is an act of love. We’d be lying if we said we did not get immense pleasure and satisfaction out of cooking for people. Here is an opportunity to share those good feelings.
•We have asked the Mountain Resource Center to choose recipients each week to pick up our travel-inspired dinners, courtesy of their mountain neighbors. MRC's food bank director will choose families or individuals who are dependent on receiving subsistence groceries from the food bank.
•If you would enjoy doing a random act of kindness by buying dinner for an individual or family who is struggling, complete with our suggested beverage and entertainment pairings so they too can “Make A Night of It”, we have a system. We are chipping in too, to make your gifts go further. We’ll discount these MRC dinners and pop in a few extra goodies when we can.
•We’ll keep all the Sharing is Caring dollars in a virtual pot and draw out to pay for meals as they are picked up. Draws will be made in the order in which your gifts are made. We'll do 6 dinners each week.
•You can buy through the online ordering system on our website or stop by the kitchen on TH FR or SAT to buy in person.
•We keep a spreadsheet and will let you know when your dinner gift has been picked up.
•Ask us anytime to know how many people have been served.
• SIMPLY SELECT SHARING IS CARING AS A MENU ITEM ON THE ONLINE ORDERING PAGE. CHOOSE THE NUMBER OF SHARING IS CARING DINNERS YOU'D LIKE TO ADD TO YOUR ORDER. THANK YOU!
Love and gratitude. Paying it forward.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Why Wednesday at 9am?
Our travel inspired dinners for pick up on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and our ordering system – menus that change on Wednesday mornings with a week to order -- allow us to operate as a zero-foodwaste kitchen. We shop Wednesday afternoons when we know how many people we are cooking for.
•Making just one shopping trip limits our exposure in these coronatimes and helps us stay safe.
•We buy only what we need for the week’s orders, so we don't waste food.
•We use the vegetable peels and stems, bones and shells to make stock and afterwards, as treats for the
chickens who lay our eggs
We're Aware and We Care
A philosophical compromise we have had to make is the use of take-out containers. Doing the best we can, we avoid plastic and foam whenever possible – which is most of the time. Our containers are reusable, compostable or recyclable.
Castles and Kitchens' overriding mission is to inspire and empower people through cooking and travel.
Feeding people is an act of love.
And we experience so much joy in the kitchen, whether we are cooking for you or with you,
we just want to say thanks for letting us cook for you until we can cook with you again.