Community Kitchens

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 !

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.   This is on hold for now but check back later!

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  

Want to save money on food? You are INVITED to the Community Kitchen at SPU! 

Join neighbors and students to cook 6 different dishes. Eat a 3-course meal, and take home 3 other prepared dishes ($50-$70 value).  Have fun, improve your cooking skills and share ideas, skills, recipes, and inspiration. 

Learn to use seasonal fruits and vegetables for easy, inexpensive & healthy meals.  Everything is provided: recipes, equipment, instruction, and fresh delicious ingredients.   Free childcare is also available upon request.  Our Community Kitchen is specifically for neighbors in the community who have limited income.  Cost: between $10 and $20 (as you can afford, depending on your income) 

When: The second Wednesday of every month, 6pm to 9pm, Where: SPU Campus in North Queen Anne – 3307 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119 

Interested? Call 206.378.5409 or email spukitchen@gmail.com   

Rainier Valley and Central Area Community Kitchens

Thanks to a partnership grant between the USDA and United Way a program called Rainier Valley Eats! is supporting multiple kitchens in SE Seattle. To learn more please contact: 

Leader: Leika Suzumura LeikaSuzumura@seattletilth.org 

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 

Friday, November 18th from 10am to 12noon 

Cost: free 

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

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

The South Park Community Kitchen

The South Park Community Kitchen started as a response to lack of healthy foods in South Park and the community’s interest. At the beginning of 2011, the partnership between Sea Mar Community Health Centers, REACH Coalition of King County, Solid Ground (Lettuce Link at Marra Farm), Seattle Parks and Recreation (South Park Community Center), Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, South Park residents, and other volunteers provided the opportunity to implement a Community Kitchen in South Park.

 The Community Kitchen is held the last Friday of the month from April through November at the South Park Community Center and is open to all South Park residents.  The Community Kitchen is free of charge, bilingual (English/Spanish), and free childcare is provided. All participants are involved in cooking 3 different recipes using seasonal produce donated by Marra Farm every month. We not only cook together, but we eat together as well.   The goals of the Community Kitchen in South Park are to: 1) Increase knowledge and skills in the area of healthy food preparation; 2) increase community involvement in local and sustainable food security efforts; 3) support community and family empowerment; and 4) increase knowledge and skills among participants about nutrition, the farm-to-table relationship, and sustainable food practices.

 All participants share ideas and recipes.  The Community kitchen is lead by volunteer chefs and co-coordinated by a South Park resident!

 For more information:

 Contact: navpreetsidhu@seamarchc.org

Central District Community Kitchen 

This kitchen is affiliated with Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and Garfield Community Center. The ck is held the 3rd Friday of every month from 6 to 8:30 pm at Garfield Community Center. It is free, and participant-driven with Alyssa organizing.  The kitchen is free and the focus is on seasonal vegetarian dishes made from scratch, with a focus on eating well on a budget. For more info please contact Alyssa at:   alyssarieser@gmail, 614.769.5002

Downtown Seattle Community Kitchens 

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