The Kitchen at Second Harvest houses both a kitchen classroom as well as a commercial production-style kitchen in 1,700 square feet. The kitchen classroom is designed as a teaching, demonstration and test kitchen for instructors to offer hands-on scratch cooking and nutrition education lessons to guests. Our instructors range from volunteers with a desire to help others learn about healthy lifestyles to accomplished chefs with a passion to teach others elements of their craft.
What is the kitchen class room?
Our kitchen is specifically designed to emulate a well-equipped home-style kitchen environment. The highlight of our space is the chef station island which offers dual induction ranges, ovens, a prep sink, microwave and ample counter space with seating for 15. This sits underneath our signature hood which houses directional cameras and dual monitors so class participants can see up close what’s happening on the cooking and preparation surfaces.
When set up in Kitchen Lab format there are 12 self-contained stainless steel cooking stations. Each of these has multiple power outlets to run burners, blenders, toasters or slow cookers independently. Additionally, each cart is fully equipped with a complement of home-style pots, pans and hand held cooking tools. There is a built-in waste disposal chute for each cart as well. The Kitchen can also be set up in a lecture or seminar style format using tables and chairs.
What is the production kitchen?
The commercial kitchen at Second Harvest is a separate, access controlled production facility with the capacity to process and prepare larger quantities of product for distribution.
This kitchen is equipped with institutional grade appliances including:
- Commercial 6-burner gas stove
- Convection Oven
- Steam jacketed kettle – 20 gallon
- Tilt Skillet – 20 gallon
- Commercial Ice Machine
- CMA VL-180 High temperature, vent less dishwasher
- Kitchen Hand Tools
- Stainless steel prep tables
- Under mount refrigerator
- Food Prep and storage containers
- Ample storage space in our adjacent walk-in cooler and freezer