Shopping at Kitchenality in Santa Fe

Do I need a cutting board with my initial “J” carved in it? Perhaps not, but that’s missing the point. Do I want a cutting board with my initial? Of course I do. So when I found one at Kitchenality in Santa Fe, a treasure trove of gently-used kitchen, table and cookware I snapped it up. Along with a signed copy of Cheryl and Bill Jamison’s classic The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking & Entertaining – a steal at 10 dollars…a bright orange-covered San Antonio Cookbook II for a Texan friend, my chopping board, and two glasses – all for a grand total of 24 dollars. The kind folks there even let me choose a free book (I nabbed one by Melissa Clark). 

Beyond Your Dollar

And if there is something like guilt-free shopping, then this is it. The money raised goes to Kitchen Angels who prepare meals for residents of Santa Fe and other Northern New Mexico communities who are homebound, in a health crisis, don’t have the resources for regular meals and aren’t eligible for other meal services. 

Hot meals are delivered five days a week with frozen meals available for the weekends. There are a handful of paid staff and the rest of the heavy lifting is done by volunteers. Since they started in 1992, they’ve provided over 1.5 million meals.

Everything You Need and More

At Kitchenality, you’ll find everything from full sets of china (who needs a wedding registry), to copper pots and bakeware. I’ve never visited when I haven’t found at least one thing that I needed…I mean wanted.

Story and Photography by Julia Platt Leonard 

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