June 14, 2010
Hidden Kitchen goes on permanent hiatus

Were you hoping to book a reservation at the Hidden Kitchen? Hate to break it to you, but this underground dinner party at the Land Park home of Dennis and Mary Kercher - along with demonstration dinners at Whole Foods - has officially closed down.

The Hidden Kitchen had shut down before, after a neighbor snitched on the Kerchers and the health department came knocking. But this time, the Hidden Kitchen is shutting down on a somewhat happier note.

"The good news is that after one year of unemployment I'm back to work at Kodak," said Dennis Kercher, in an e-mail blast to local foodies. "That is very good for my mental health, our family and our financial well being...When we started out over 4 years ago we didn't really know where Hidden Kitchen was going to lead us. We wanted to do something different. We had a vision where we would open our home to people that enjoyed meeting strangers, sitting at a common table and sharing stories and camaraderie over great food and wine."

Mary Kercher plans to keep pursuing her artistic endeavors, while Dennis will be busy working and promises that he has "a little side project" up his sleeve.

Best wishes to the Kerchers, and many around Sacramento will savor those Hidden Kitchen memories.

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