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Demonstration Kitchen in Boston

An organization that I work with will be hosting a chef and we're trying to find a venue to hold a cooking demo event. It should be in the city of Boston (no Cambridge, etc.) and a fairly good size.

Stir is pretty small, isn't it? Postings on this board were pretty unfavorable to Boston Ctr. for Adult Ed.'s facilities, so we haven't looked into that at all yet.

We're trying to get in touch with the BU culinary Program people, but other suggestions would be very helpful.

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  1. Most of the cooking schools are out because they are in Cambridge. Newbury College is also out of the city. How about a high school training program facility?

    BU would seem to have what you need. But, you could also call the Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau to see if they have any ideas.

    1. If you cannot find a cooking school, you might try a local church as many of them have very large kitchens as they host many events that require catering/cooking and so long as they are not using it on the night you want it, that may work.

      1. I think the Sebastians Restaurant in the Seaport has a demonstration kitchen. Not certain about the size or their willingness to rent it out to third parties, but it may be worth a call.

          1. It's been quite a while since I've been, but I thought the BU facilities were pretty nice.

            How about calling Newbury College? They've got to have something. Parking's good there and it's close enough to the T. It might be a Brookline address, but it's just barely over the border.

            1. One more, off the wall, idea. There is a food photography studio with full kitchen that you can rent by the hour at E. P. Levine


              1. The Rustic Kitchen in Theater District has a cooking studio; might be worth calling them to see if you can rent it. http://www.rustickitchen.biz/cookings...

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                1. re: Niblet

                  I was just going to suggest the same thing, only I didn't have the link!

                  Also isn't there a studio in Brookline Village where they film America's Test Kitchen?

                  1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                    It's the test kitchen for Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines and it's not available for rent.

                2. I just did a corporate Iron Chef team-building event, and the guy who we contracted was telling me that for the larger events he rents a bunch of portable professional cooking stations and has the event in hotel banquet rooms. This tells me there must be a place in Boston that rents what you need so that you have more flexibility on venue selection.

                  1. Jamaica Plain has a professional kitchen! I've attended a cooking demo there. Here is their website: http://www.nuestracdc.org/ncvweb/inde...

                    1. I've been to the kitchen fixtures store in Newton Center for a charity event - they have a number of model kitchens set up and can accomodate a variety of sizes. Sorry, but the name of the store escapes me -

                      1. Brookline High School does adult education cooking classes in a very nice facility. Give them a call.

                        1. Exhibition Kitchen at Northeastern University. http://www.neu.edu/campustour/xk.html
                          Sorry I don't have a number, but I think they are managed by Dining Services?

                          1. Rustic Kitchen is probably exactly what you are looking for (and in a good central location as well). Alyssa records a cooking show there.Not sure if they rent it out though...

                            1. These have been some really great suggestions--I knew that 'hounds could send me in the right direction!

                              We're still researching and discussing it, so suggestions are still very welcome!