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Vermont’s premier kitchen retail store. Owned and operated by a Chef, provides an informed shopping experience along with classes.
Vermont’s premier kitchen retail store. Owned and operated by a Chef, provides an informed shopping experience along with classes.
40 backers pledged $4,740 to help bring this project to life.

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Chef Contos Kitchen & Store (CCKS), opening April 2013, is going to be Vermont’s premier gourmet retail store. Owned and operated by Chef Courtney Contos, CCKS provides an interactive, informed culinary shopping experience to the gourmet foodie and the beginner cook alike by offering chef-selected kitchenware in the intimate, inviting setting for which Chef Contos is known. In addition to featuring top-quality products, Chef Contos offers in-store cooking classes on a regular basis to provide additional education and ‘retail-tainment’. CCKS will be occupying the space at 65 Falls Road, Shelburne. Chef Contos brings a dedicated, enthusiastic following from her regular radio and TV spots, private cooking school in Essex and culinary consulting. Open year-round 10:30am-5:30pm, the store is staffed by General Manager Chef Contos and 1 part-time employee. CCKS is truly unique in Vermont, as the retail operation and cooking classes are operated by an experienced chef, thereby better meeting the needs of the cooking public. In an environment that fuses the warm comfort of Grandmother’s kitchen with cool, cutting-edge products, Chef Contos welcomes her customers, “Welcome home. I’m your chef friend in Vermont. How can I help?” 

Your money will be used to help my kitchen buildout, items like a double oven, refrigerator, and kitchen basics.

Thank you for your support in making my "lifetime achievement award" come true!!!

My Kitchen work table!!! This was taken at Shelburne Farms, now VT Fram Table will turn it into a 8 foot by 36 inch beautiful live edge table.
My Kitchen work table!!! This was taken at Shelburne Farms, now VT Fram Table will turn it into a 8 foot by 36 inch beautiful live edge table.

Risks and challenges

After years of research and hard work preparing for the opening of Chef Contos Kitchen & Store, I am very confident that success is around the corner.

The challenge will be to keep the products in the store cutting edge, unique, and exciting to the customer. My goal is for Chef Contos Kitchen & Store to be the shop where you know you'll find products and classes that are unlike any other store.

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    My sincere gratitude for helping get the business up and running! Stop in the store for a generous handful of the best semisweet chocolates chips.

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    A hand shake, tour of the store, and assorted stickers. Thank you very much for your support. Please share with your friends and family (local only).

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    Three Chef Contos recipes emailed to you along with a personal note! Plus come in the store to pick up your slide tin of hand harvested Oregon flake sea salt and Chef Contos stickers! Thank you for showing your support! Please share with your friends and family.

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    One cooking Class in my new kitchen. Thank you for your support! Please share with your friends and family (local only).

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    2 cooking classes and a slide tin of hand harvested Oregon flake sea salt. Thank you for your support!

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    3 Cooking Classes in my new kitchen, tour of the store and school, hand shake, invite to private opening party, and 6 ounces of my surprise best semisweet chocolate chips and a slide tin of hand harvested Oregon flake sea salt (local only).

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    Four Cooking Classes in the new store! Plus a jar of Chef Contos private label jam, slide tin of hand harvested Oregon flake sea salt, and 6 ounces of my surprise best semisweet chocolate chips. Thank you for your support! Please share with your friends and family. Sincerely grateful!

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