Kitchen One for One serves wonderful tacos for a very good trigger – The Denver Put up
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Kitchen One for One’s tacos are amazing. As in “I seriously can’t believe how good these tacos are.” As in “I want the recipe.” Whether you go for Carne Asada, Green Chili Chicken, Carnitas, or Habanero Pork Belly Tacos (damn, try them all) I’m pretty sure you will find them delicious.
But what really makes Kitchen One for One special is its mission. It is a non-profit food truck with the main purpose of providing delicious meals to people affected by homelessness and food insecurity. His name and business plan are explained in a slogan painted on their truck: “You buy one, we give one.”
Kitchen One for One is holding taco nights across town to raise money so it can turn around and serve people who are in food insecurity. You can have great tacos and choose how much to contribute to the cause.
It also offers taco nights in missions and accommodations. Its first taco was served in December 2017 and since then it has served 15,000 meals in 2018, 30,000 in 2019, and a whopping 105,000 in 2020.
“The heart of our service is serving restaurant quality food,” said Chris Kilcullen, who co-founded the truck with Mark Sunderhuse. “We don’t want to serve rice and beans. We want to serve great food that makes people who feel broken and left behind feel special because that food is deliberately prepared for them. “
“Everyone who queues will have their meal tailored for them,” said Kilcullen. “Nobody has to pay in line. If you can’t afford to donate, you never have to ask for a free meal. Everyone feels welcome, everyone feels the same and nobody feels second best. “
Kitchen One for One services include Sox Place and St. Francis Center in downtown Denver; the GraceFull Café in Littleton; BeyondHome in Arvada; and Evergreen Christian Outreach in Evergreen. The fundraising taco nights are often held in churches.
For example, on Tuesday, Kitchen One for One will be at Bergen Park Church near Evergreen from 5pm to 6.30pm. The proceeds will go to fund a taco night at the Rock House in Idaho Springs next week. The Kitchen One for One calendar can be found on the Kitchen One for One website.
There are currently four regularly scheduled taco nights and random ones on the schedule each month. But Kilcullen hopes to expand that as more churches get involved.
Back to that tempting meal: For Kitchen One for One’s Carnitas, “we slowly roast a pork shoulder for about eight hours with pineapple, onion, poblano, chipotle chili powder, garlic, salt and pepper,” said Kilcullen. “We (cook) it until it’s fork-tender and it just falls apart. Then we crisp it (at the taco night location) on our flat grill. ”Really, it’s delicious.
John Hurley, the Good Samaritan who was killed in the shootings in Olde Town Arvada last week, worked in Kitchen One for One’s police station last year after losing his hospitality job due to the pandemic.
“He was always ready to help anyone in need,” said Kilcullen, estimating that during the six months he worked at Kitchen One for One, Hurley helped prepare 2,500-3,500 meals a week.
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