Kitchens

Each kitchen is as diverse as the community it serves!  Some groups cook and eat a meal together, other groups cook a lot of food to take home to eat later, and some groups have a special focus on a certain type of diet such as vegetarian or gluten free. It is up to individual community kitchens to decide how their kitchen will be run.

Here’s a current list of the region’s active Community Kitchens. If there’s a new one we don’t have listed yet, please let us know by emailing info@communitykitchensnw.org.

North Seattle Community Kitchens

Queen Anne Community Center Lifelong Recreation Community Kitchen

Our program is directed toward seniors who live in one or two person households. We aim to use lean protein sources, whole grains and minimal saturated fat and salt. Each session has four main dishes– poultry, beef, pork or fish and vegetarian— plus two side dishes— usually whole grain or a vegetable. We like to introduce folks to more unusual grains so we have used quinoa, bulgur and wild rice in addition to the more common brown rice.

Each participant takes home 12 individual servings ready for the freezer–two of each recipe plus a recipe folder. The kitchen meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 4 pm. Cost is $25 per session. Limit 6 participants, prior registration required. To register call 206-684-4240.

Leader: Pat Barger- pat-bion@att.net

When: 1-4 pm, third Tuesday
cost: $25, prior registration with Parks
Where: Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W, Seattle, Wa 98119

Wallingford Community Kitchen

The Wallingford Community Kitchen meets at the Wallingford Community Senior Center, located at the Good Shepherd Center, as well as other locations. For more information, check out their facebook page and website.

Greenwood Community Kitchen

The Greenwood Community Kitchen is located at Greenwood Senior Center at 525 N. 85th between Dayton St. and N. 85th. The phone number to register is 206-297-0875.

Leader: Alyssa Rieser arieser330@gmail.com

When: The second or third Tuesday of every month, 5:30-7:30 pm
cost: $15
Where: Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., Seattle, Washington 98103

Ballard Community Kitchen

Ballard Community Center 6020 28th Ave NW, Seattle, WA

Our community kitchen is hosted by Sustainable Ballard and Seattle Parks and Recreation.  We will emphasize using local sustainable foods.  Meals will be vegetarian and options to add meat will be given.  Each month will provide a different theme to the dishes created.  Bring 8 to 10 large containers with you to take your meals home with you.

The community kitchen will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and meets 6-9:00 pm.  Cost is $25 per person, and advance registration is needed.  You can call 684-4093 to register over the phone, on-line by going to www.seattle.gov/parks by clicking on the SPARC logo, or in person at any local community center.  Space is limited to 12 people.

Hunger Intervention Program Community Kitchens

This kitchen is held at the Lake City Presbyterian Church kitchen and was created for tenants of McDermott Place, a 75 unit housing project for homeless veterans and low income individuals. The kitchen will operate weekly.  For more information please contact:   Hunger Intervention Program, 206-618-2828, www.hungerintervention.org

Community Kitchen for McDermott Place. HIP’s partnerships with Sound Mental Health and Seattle University College of Nursing allow participants to receive substantial support around cooking, nutrition, and dietary choices. Participants are invited to HIP’s commercial-grade kitchen to prepare nutritious and delicious meals and, then, to dine together. The Community Kitchen is offered at no cost to tenants of McDermott Place, a supportive housing project in Lake City for those who have been chronically homeless. Participants are paired with volunteers who provide guidance and feedback at each cooking station. This innovative program is currently the only one of its kind, offering not only a free Community Kitchen, but also one that targets this marginalized population.

Community Kitchen for Special Adults. HIP’s second weekly Community Kitchen focuses on developmentally disabled adults in the community. Many have no regular access to a kitchen in their group homes. Using picture-based recipes, volunteers and participants practice basic kitchen skills together — and snack on the delicious results afterwards. In this Community Kitchen, students learn the joy of sharing food each has helped to prepare.

Stories: This is a video of a participant describing his positive experience at the Community Kitchen. The link also shows related HIP “Stories” on YouTube.

Seattle Pacific University Community Kitchen

The SPU Community Kitchen is specifically for our low/limited income neighbors. Come cook with students and neighbors, prepare meals to take home, eat, and improve your cooking skills. Experience community around something we all love (food!) and share not only the company of others, but also the delicious meals that everyone prepares together. You will also learn how to use seasonal ingredients to make inexpensive & healthy meals We will cook four different dishes, eat one of them together and share the rest to take home. Everything will be provided, including recipes, cooking equipment, instruction and fresh delicious ingredients.  Cost includes all the prepared food you’ll take home. Childcare may be available.

Leader: Daniela Geleva – 206-378-5409 or email dgeleva@spu.edu

When: Wednesdays; first session is on April 13th, 2011.

Where: SPU Campus – 3307 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119

Cost: $10

Delridge Community Kitchen

SOUL Sunday is a Community Kitchen with monthly gatherings designed to build stronger connections between community members.

Come prepare yummy dishes with other Delridge neighbors and share in the wonderful things our community has to offer!

Cooking sessions are held at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center located at 4408 Delridge Way SW (across from Delridge Community Center). Metro bus routes #120 and #125.

For more information, please contact Joseph Munnerlyn of Team Delridge at 206-432-7914 or josephmunnerlyn@yahoo.com.

SE Seattle Community Kitchens

Family Community Kitchen

We work directly with our community through hands-on cooking gatherings that teach basic cooking skills and nutrition by collectively cooking a community meal together.  Our kitchen is open to families with children looking for a way to feed themselves well on a small budget.  Children join in the cooking and cleaning and are engaged in supervised activities while parents cook the meal.  All participants join together to enjoy the dinner that we cook and left overs are sent home with participants.  We can accommodate vegetarian, dairy, wheat, and gluten free diets, just let us know. Come prepared to get down in the kitchen, spend time with good people, and feast on the fruits of your labor!

Leader:  Leika Suzumura  pearblossom88@hotmail.com

When: 6-9pm, 2nd Friday of the month

Cost: Sliding scale $5-15

Where: Union Cultural Center- 954 E Union St. Seattle, Wa 98122

Rainier Community Kitchen

Kitchens are held on the second Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and cost is $25 per kitchen.  We usually make a fresh salad, a casserole to freeze, a soup and a baked item like cookies.  When possible we try to use fresh, organic produce and while we do use meat the main focus is on vegetarian options.

To register please go to the SPARC web page and register on-line.  You can also register in person but need to do so at least by the day before as we need to know how much food to buy.

Leader:Julia Collins julia.l.collins@gmail.com

When:  6:30-8:30pm – 2nd Thursday of the month

Cost: $25

Where: Rainier Community Center 4600 38th Ave. S. Seattle, 98118; 206-386-1919.

Rainier Vista Community Kitchen

A new program will offer neighbors a chance to get together and prepare healthy home cooked meals to take home to their freezer. Learn new cooking skills, discover healthy recipes and make new friends!

Want to get involved? We need leaders for this program! Have a skill or a recipe to offer? Want to learn one? Just want to cook with neighbors and get to know each other better?

Leader: Kate Farmer at 206.461.4568 ext. 211 or email at Katef@nhwa.org

When: 2nd Friday of every month 12noon – 2pm

Cost: free

Where: Rainier Vista 4410 29th Ave S, Seattle, Wa 98108

Website link: http://newrainiervista.com/public/

Garfield Community Kitchen

This kitchen is run by Linda from the Odessa Brown Clinic.  To learn more about the kitchen and find out when the next one is scheduled please contact her at:  linda.murtfeldt@seattlechildrens.org

Downtown Seattle Community Kitchens

Pike Market Senior Center Kitchen

Even though Ryan graduated from the California Culinary Academy in 2004 with training in classic French cuisine, he doesn’t cook quite that way anymore. Through stints cooking in restaurants and cafes, selling single-origin olive oil, pouring wine, and making micro-roasted coffee (he’s currently a barista), he found the way he really likes to cook.

Leader: Ryan Miller jjeatsndrinks@gmail.com When: 2nd Thursday of the month

Join the The Pike Market Community Kitchen’s Facebook page at:  http://www.facebook.com/PikeMarketCK

Greater Puget Sound Region

Making enchiladas

Salishan Community Kitchen

The Salishan Community Kitchen is cooking up community in Tacoma! Residents of the Salishan Housing Community are now doing a monthly community kitchen. For more information please contact Lisa Zahn at:  lzahn@tacomahousing.org

Snoqualmie Valley Community Kitchen

This great kitchen is held monthly in a local church.  Please contact Terrie for more information: terrie@summerinajar.com

Ellensburg Community Kitchen

As part of Back to Our Roots, a WIC Fruit and Vegetable Community Partnerships grant project, the Ellensburg Community Kitchen will start in August. Kitchen will meet once a month, in the FISH Food Bank facility, dates/times to be determined based on participant interest. All are welcome. Contact eburgcommunitykitchen@gmail.com for more information.

Leader: Becky Pearson   rpearson@cwu.edu, 509-963-2493
When: 4th Sat of month, 10am-1pm (if holiday, 3rd Sat)
Cost: currently free, sliding scale likely in 2012
Where: FISH Food Bank, 301 W 2nd Ave, Ellensburg

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