As part of our mission to promote vibrant and sustainable food and farm systems in Kentucky, we work with on and off-campus partners to develop and deliver kitchen-based programs that foster learning related to local and sustainable food systems from farm to fork.

The following program offerings work well in the learning kitchen space:

  • Basic meeting or lecture (drink service only, no food,1-3 hours, maximum capacity 45). Intro food systems lecture by Dr. Brislen or a meeting of a university organization related to food or food systems, a food systems strategic partner, or other food systems related meeting, includes drink service, $36 flat fee.
  • Local food systems cooking demo and lecture (drink service, food sample, 50 - 75 minutes, max capacity 45) - Food systems lecture by Dr. Brislen customized to disciplinary emphasis and brief cooking demonstration by Chef Tanya with a sample for all guests, $75 flat fee.
  • Short hands-on local food cooking class (drink service, one dish, 50-75 minutes, max capacity 25) - A brief introduction to the work of The Food Connection, and all guests participate in creating one of a choice of seasonal quick dishes, $265 flat fee.
  • Full meal hands-on local food cooking class  (drink service, full meal, 2-3 hours, max capacity 25) - A brief introduction to the Food Connection and kitchen and food safety followed by a hands-on cooking class emphasizing local and seasonal ingredients. All guests sit down together to a small meal at the end of class. $625 flat fee.

If you would like to work with the Food Connection to plan a kitchen-based local food event, please click this link to go to our application form.

The kitchen is available for events Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm. The Food Connection schedules many of our own events throughout semesters so please have several dates in mind for your event. Multiple events are scheduled each week, so if you need access to the kitchen prior to your event please schedule that in advance also.

Other Food-Related Services

Please note: the Food Connection learning kitchen is not available solely as a rental space and we do not offer catering services; therefore, if our offerings do not fit your needs, there are a number of other campus services and facilities that may be of use:

To view all of our Kitchen Use Policies, please refer to this document. If you have questions prior to submitting your application, please email

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