Missionary Rachel Finn loves to feed her community for a long time.
So, eight years after the closure of Chaco Bakery and the once popular venue on Johnson Drive, which is still popular with loyal customers, Finn is showcasing the Chakon Studio Kitchen, which serves cooking lessons in her basement.
Chaco’s customers still remember the good times, Finn baked and their favorite courses were served at Fin’s private dinner, known as the “Dinner Club.”
Finn caused a stir at the Mission Farm and Flower Market, which hosts a pop-up Chaco tent earlier this month.
I said, “I like it, I like to make all the produce, I like to make the food, I like to meet people, but I always want to shut up when we are high.”
“It’s amazing that we’re building this community, and my son did it really well when I was in the market, he couldn’t be found, but he went, Mom, I’m proud of you feeding the people. They have brought it into the world.
She did not stop cooking
After closing the store in April 2013, she began working as a medical teacher at Mercy Children’s Hospital, where she provided food and home cooking tips for children and their families.
While enjoying her work, Finion says she has longed for her community over the years. She collects cinnamon rolls and other baked goods for her neighbors and longtime admirers.
Finn even hosted dinner parties reminiscent of the days, but then the plague brought those to an end.
Eventually, after losing those connections, she found it to be one of the biggest personal drives she could cook for people.
“I feel loved, and they give me a lot of energy,” Finn said. When you have such a life-changing experience, and you close the business you truly love, there are some sad processes. So I had to figure out how to fill that void, and my void had to feed people.
After the COVID-19 outbreak, when many dinner parties stopped, Fin began to be more creative.
“Last year, with the epidemic, with the missing people and the missing community and my community, I thought to myself, ‘What can I do? I thought. And so, I go back to my basement and re-open Chaco as Chaco Studio Kitchen.
This summer she opened the studio and began teaching cooking twice a month.
Mercy’s is a kitchen where she checks all the recipes and tests for her work. She hopes the studio kitchen will be fully operational by October.
“It was fun to teach people to live in my place and how to cook,” Finne said.
For the next steps, she hopes to teach even more cooking lessons and eventually get permission to sell commercial kitchen heights and chimneys to local restaurants.
Pop-up on Mission Farmers Market
In early August, customers exchanged bright memories as they waited in line for a hot evening at the Mission Flower and Farm Market.
During the mission, David and Robin Hagadera, longtime clients before the Czech Republic closed, expressed their appreciation for her work at the Mercy of Children and how much she really missed her cooking and food restrictions.
“She shares her wonderful cooking skills with children who don’t know how to eat, and she teaches them how to eat healthily,” said Robin Hagedon. For me, that is very important. And then she shares her love of food that she has always had. She craves food. And I think it’s good for everyone, especially for those who need it.
Chaco Bakery and Restaurant In 1998, the same ground floor as the Rachel Fin Studio kitchen began as a food business.
Rachel and her husband, David Finn, later moved to Johnson Drive, an Irish dance studio. They later moved to a nearby area and were partially captured by the running whale shop.
“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “It became a new friendship and we developed that. You can never have a big enough table, it is my concept in life.
Finn, a native of a lifelong mission, still lives in the same neighborhood where she grew up.
Her father, Mani M. Mani, moved with her family to South India in 1974 to oversee the fire at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Her late mother, Rebekah, was a chef who taught her how to cook. She must have taught the girl well, because Finnish clients still press her to teach her how to work.
“She did very well,” her father said. “It’s so much more than the standard recipes and menus, it’s her own invention. ”
And Finn keeps his trademark name for the studio because Chako is named after a Finnish boy.
It is a southern Indian name corresponding to the name Jacob.