There is nothing more integral that people need than food. And beyond that, a job might be nice. But in all seriousness, there are a few kitchens out there in Manhattan that are doing more than just teaching people how to cook gourmet.
Mi Kitchen es su Kitchen is a time share test kitchen that has been open to restauranteurs and those who are breaking into the food industry for nearly 15 years – she takes non-for-profits and other underutilized kitchen spaces, forms partnerships with the organizations and finds chefs to use the spaces as their kitchen space rather than their home space. Both parties benefit. For caterers that are just starting out and need the kitchen space, this could be a massive godsend – they wouldn’t be bickering over the creme brulee in a crammed and tiny kitchen space.
Hot Bread Kitchen is a little different in the angle they take. Their mission is to improve the lives of low-income women and their families. HBK does this by paying the women while they are taught the skills necessary to launch food businesses. They will, in the processes, teach the women to bake breads and other goods, which they will turn around and sell. (Their challah was actually recently mentioned in the New York Times – take a look at the article!) HBK does also offer incubator space like Mi Kitchen – but it doesn’t seem like that is their main focus.
From a place to bake to amazing breads – whatever route you may take with either of these two kitchens – the end result will help those who need it, even if ‘those who need it’ is you!
If you’ve ever had a McClure’s Pickle, we don’t have to tell you that a Pickling Lesson from Bob McClure is something special. Where, you wonder, can you find such a class? The Brooklyn Kitchen. Even if you’re not quite as much of a local hero as Bob, if you’re a chef looking for a great Brooklyn kitchen or would like to host a class or corporate event, this beautiful kitchen is a perfect space.
With an impressive foodie shop on the first level, your guests will be impressed from the minute they walk in the door. And only more so once the cooking begins, of course! The people at the Brooklyn Kitchen can provide a catered event, a comprehensive meal-based class, or just a beautiful kitchen for professional use. And with their full event calendar, you’ll be sure to find a reason to come back soon.
…and cook for them in an awesome kitchen space! You live in New York. At best, your kitchen space is barely bearable and very squished. Not quite the entertaining mecca you’d hoped it to be.
So take your cooking outside your apartment! There are a lot of places that will do everything from cater for you to open up their doors and let your messy, klutzy self cook in their pristine, gorgeous, stainless steel ten-burner-oven kitchen. Or they’ll even teach you how to be less messy and more yummy. The klutziness – I don’t know if they would be able to get rid of that.
But KitchenNYC is one of the first places we came across that offers a melange of services. It’s open 7 days a week, nearly all day and will do everything from teach you how to cook, to cater, to wine tastings and recipe testing. The space – a commercial kitchen – is available on a daily or weekly basis, and I’ve heard it’s absolutely stunning.
For those of you that have young chefs hanging around your kitchen burning things and complaining that the eggs aren’t fresh, Taste Buds is your answer. It’s cooking classes for youngsters, and parties too. So maybe now your child will stop asking you when you’ll re-do your kitchen.
And then when they’re older, they can go ahead and try and re-do their own kitchen, and they’ll understand where you are coming from. But at least they’ll know how to cook, and won’t have to take Kitchen NYC and other places up on their catering and palm it off as their own cooking. Hopefully.
For those times when you need to be the impeccable tittering host or hostess and can’t be seen slaving over a stove or oven, we’ve run across a few of many caterers in NYC whose websites make us salivate.
Flatiron Kitchen has amazing food photos on their website. Beyond that, though, Flatiron Kitchen was founded in 2009 by two friends who reconnected over a love of food and wine. They’ll come to your home and host a cooking party for you and your closest friends, help craft a menu for your next event, or give you a one-on-one cooking lesson, and maybe even teach you some kitchen tricks to impress your friends when they come over for dinner. But only if you ask nicely.
The Culinary Loft, as well, does a great deal of catering for you and your 200 closest friends. (They mainly do catering for corporate events, or at least that is what their website leads us to believe). They do also have cooking parties and classes. But what caught our eye is that they also have workshops – one happening soon is called ‘Yoga For Foodies.’ I wonder how that would work…you do a yoga pose reaching for that great raspberry torte you just made…or you go a good stretch and then reward yourself with an hour of baking? Something to contemplate.