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Mike and the team are in Rochelle, Illinois to break bread with Carolyn Brown, owner of "The Kitchen Table" a pay-what-you-can restaurant that provides home-cooked meals to folks in her community that have fallen on hard times.

Posted by Returning The Favor on Monday, July 22, 2019

"Returning the Favor" Features the Kitchen Table at Rochelle Season 3, Episode 18

July 22, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. central time was the original air date of Mike Rowe's "Returning the Favor" steaming Internet show available on Facebook. Over 160,000 people viewed the opening airing. Mike awarded $50,000 to The Kitchen Table to expand the building to serve more diners.




"Returning the Favor" Air Date Announced!

The recorded session on The Kitchen Table of the Mike Rowe 'Returning the Favor' show is set to air on Jully 22nd, of 2019 via Facebook at 8:00 p.m. and the Mike Rowe website of the Internet. The Rochelle News Leader newspaper reports this mile mark of The Kitchen Table as well as the back story of this very exciting development on July 6th, HERE.




The Kitchen Table is Going Green in 2019!

At the June 10 of 2019 board meeting the board decided to go green by no longer using styrofoam containers for take out dinners. Patrons will now buy an OZZI three compartment meal box for $5 which they will bring back to the Kitchen Table for continued use. More details will be coming but it is to be noted the cost of these boxes does not reflect any profit for the Kitchen Table. Patrons will pay what the Kitchen Table pays for them. No decision has been made about seperate dessert boxes as of yet.




The Kitchen Table Wins Another Monsanto Grant!

On June 4th of 2019 the Kitchen Table was awarded a grant by Bayer-Monsanto to make kitchen improvements to keep pace with the ever increasing demands imposed on the Kitchen Table by the public. The grant will be used to make some upgrades in the kitchen which will include a new stove as the current one runs with hot spots and cold spots and has oven doors that do not shut properly all the time. Our next stove will be a new stove and not a previously owned one.




Carolyn Brown Wins Citizenship Award!

On May 13th of 2019 Kitchen Table founder Carolyn Brown (center), received the Remarkable Resident Award of the Rochelle Retail Advisory Board from Samantha Barkus and Mayor John Bearrows. The board wishes to extend their thanks to the Rochelle Retail Advisory Board and extreme pride in this recognition of their leader, Carolyn Brown.




The Kitchen Table Wins in What's Cookin 2019 Side Dish Category!

On April 13th of 2019 the Kitchen Table had cooking crew attend the What's Cookin fundraiser for the Rock River Center at Barnicopia in Polo. The Kitchen Table won an award for one of the best side dishes! Photo courtesy of "The Ogle County Life" newspaper. You can read more online HERE.




The Kitchen Table to be Featured in a Returning the Favor Episode!

On March 21st of 2019 the Kitchen Table had a New York film crew come visit to shoot a future episode of Mike Rowe's show, "Returning the Favor". Mike donated $50,000 for a new dining hall to be added to the existing Kitchen Table building. Stay tuned for further results! The addition is to begin this spring of 2019! See our Donate page for another picture from this day. See the Mike Rowe Facebook page for "Returning the Favor" to catch past and future episodes online HERE.




The Kitchen Table makes Northwest Quarerly Magazine!

On December 20th of 2018 the Kitchen Table was covered in an article in Northwest Quarterly by writer and KT board member Mark Schwendau. You can read this HERE.




The Kitchen Table treasurer Lois Piller meets WTVO's Emily Waldren.

On August 31 of 2018 the Kitchen Table was featured as a "Stateline Strong" news strory by Emily Waldren on WTVO. You can see her report HERE.



The Kitchen Table receives a grant to purchase a new walk-in freezer!

On June 25 of 2018 the Kitchen Table recieved a grant from the Monsanto Fund for their walk-in freezer. You can read this HERE.



On February 8 of 2018 the Kitchen Table's Director, Carolyn Brown, was honored as an "Insipring 815" honoree. You can read this piece on her HERE.



On November 23 of 2017 the Kitchen Table was honored to have thier story told by the Chicago Tribue reporter Ted Gregory on Thanksgiving day. You can read his piece he wrote on us HERE.




On July 6 of 2016 the Kitchen Table was honored to have Rockford's Country Q98.5 reporter Susan Tyler do a story on our opening week. You can read the piece she wrote on us HERE.


WREX Rockford Reporter Reuben Jones

On July 6 of 2016 the Kitchen Table was honored to have WREX reporter Rueben Jones come from Rockford to do the first television story on the Kitchen Table. You can go visit their webpage to see the story HERE.



On October 20 6 of 2015 the Kitchen Table was featured in a story by the Rochelle News Leader annoucning our Open House of the Kitchen Table to show the progress we were making. You can go visit their webpage to see the story HERE.



On July 27 of 2014 the Kitchen Table made its first television appearance on WIFR of Rockford came down to Rochelle to film progress on the building and attend our second community FUNdraiser! You can go visit their webpage to see the story HERE.

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In the very early days before the cafe was even open (2014 and 2015), we had cafe fundraisers where live music was the main course!