University of Miami Architecture graduate builds Mobile Learning Kitchen in Richmond, VA

A University of Miami School of Architecture Graduate, Michael Poupore, has retrofitted an old trailer into a mobile kitchen.  Poupore, who currently lives in Duluth, Minnesota, was contracted to build the unit for the City of Richmond, VA.  Originally starting out as a contractor, Poupore went back to school to get his architecture degree in Miami.  This project was influenced by a design/build studio course he took.  Below is an excerpt and link to the original article from Prairie Business Magazine:

Stainless-steel appliances, commercial grade convection oven, solar panels, a public address system and plenty of room.  Mike Poupore calls it the “Cadillac of food trucks.”

The Duluth contractor-turned-architectural designer has spent the last five months building the mobile kitchen in a Proctor storage unit.  The kitchen’s mission: teach people how to prepare healthy foods.

“I got the trailer in mid-October. I’ve been working on it nights and weekends since,” Poupore said as he neared the project’s completion this month.  Called the Learning Kitchen, it’s a fully equipped commercial kitchen that will travel to urban “food deserts” or low-income neighborhoods that lack full-service grocery stores and healthy food choices.

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