It's update time at The Kitchen Studio, and we have tons going on.
The biggest news is that we're one step closer to opening TKS up as a shared-use kitchen. We'll be sending a proposal off to the Frederick County Health Department this week outlining our policies and procedures for running the kitchen as an hourly rental to other small food businesses during the hours we're not running classes and the like. We've already received approvals from the county plumbing departments and planning and permits, so we've got our fingers crossed that this is the last step.
What's a shared-use kitchen you may ask? A shared-use kitchen is a licensed commercial kitchen that is available for hourly rentals to small food businesses who need regulated space in which to cook, but don't want to (or have the big bucks to) set-up a kitchen on their own, which can be very, very expensive. Our hope and plan is that some businesses will use us for a very long time and that others will use us as a stepping stone to build their businesses before they take on the expense of setting up their own place. Sounds like a win-win to me, and hopefully the HD will realize what a great idea this is, getting folks cooking legally and generating businesses and new tax revenue for the county.
Onto to Kitchen Assistants...
We have a program in place, being updated and run by the fabulous Dotty, for volunteer kitchen assistants to lend a hand during cooking classes at TKS. It's a great way to earn a free or reduced price class, plus you'll learn while assisting and enjoy a great meal.
It's easy to assist. Just take a look at our schedule and let us know what classes you want to assist. Show up at TKS 45 minutes prior to class starting and plan to be there for about an hour (often less) after class is complete. You'll want to wear comfy shoes and be prepared for some dish washing, but other than that, it's pretty darn simple. We'll keep records of when you assist and let you know when you've earned your free class. We plan our staffing based on our assistants, so if you sign-up to help, please be sure to actually show up for class. :)
Easy breezy lemon squeezy. Let me know if you know anyone who would be a good fit for our kitchen, either to rent or to assist, and we'll see you soon!