Sitka Kitch is a turn-key kitchen rental facility. We serve as a business incubator and community resource center by providing rental access to a certified commercial kitchen.
About the Kitch Facility
The Kitch is maintained to DEC certification standards for commercial kitchens in the State of Alaska. The Kitch features two commercial sized propane ovens, a commercial dishwasher, ample sink and counter space, and keyless entry for clients. Please note: the Kitch only satisfies the DEC facility requirements for food production. Depending on the product you wish to create and sell, other permits may be required. Please visit the DEC website for more information.
Rental of the Kitch also includes use of 'Latta Hall', a large flex space adjacent to the kitch. This space is ideal for setting up a classroom or prep stations, as well as tasting stations. The Kitch is also ideal for hosting small, personal parties or developing pop-up restaurants.
As we grow, we will be adding to our equipment offerings. If you have any ideas about the Kitch and equipment please contact us! Sitka Kitch is interested in providing all of the resources needed to help local businesses develop food products. Sitka is rich in natural resources and creativity; we hope to see that culminate in new ideas and products that add to our food system and support the community.
APPLICATION FEE: $25.00
Food processors wishing to use the kitchen on a regular basis for business development will be required to fill out an application for membership. This is a one-time fee for processing and verifying all insurance requirements. Community users and education users are not required to fill this out unless there is an insurance requirement for their activity/needs.
ORIENTATION FEE: $10.00
All users will be required to go through an education and training course with respect to the facility. This session(s) will cover information and training on all facility procedures and equipment as well as cleaning and maintenance procedures. This would be a one-time fee, with additional training offered to current members as needed or upon changes to the facility or procedures. Orientations are currently being scheduled upon request.
To schedule an orientation contact Kristy Miller at 907-747-3356 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ENTREPRENEUR FEE: $20/hour for 0-4 hours/session, $15/hour for 5+ hours/session
This is for small businesses and entrepreneurs to create products that will be sold, used for catering, product development etc.
INSTRUCTOR FEE: $30/hour
This is for anyone interested in designing/creating their own cooking class. Instructors may charge students whatever they deem appropriate to cover their time, materials, etc. This is different from community classes that the Kitch sponsors.
COMMUNITY MEMBER FEE: $20/hour
This is for anyone interested in renting the kitchen to cook for themselves, family, or to host a small party. In this instance no food products should be sold and no admission paid for the event.
NON-PROFIT FEE: $10/hour
This is for non-profit organizations, student organizations, etc. That are hosting an event or providing a community resource (4H classes, nutrition and canning classes, etc.)
CLEANING DEPOSIT: $75/session
A cleaning deposit is required at the start of each rental session. The deposit will be returned at the end of the rental, if the Kitch has been returned to it's original condition. This deposit may be waived for repeat renters.
What You Need to Rent the Kitch
FOOD HANDLING PERMIT AND ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Members will be required to possess and provide proof of a food handler’s permit and other permits as required by the State of Alaska DEC and any other regulatory agencies that apply. If possible, the kitchen will provide course and certification for new members.
INSURANCE: The First Presbyterian Church requires a certificate of liability insurance for renters. Check out https://www.fliprogram.com/ for low cost liability coverage designed for a range of food-based businesses. Insurance for one-time events can be found on the internet at sites like http://www.eventinsurances.com/.
Members will be required to possess liability insurance policy of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence, $2,000,000 aggregate, and designates the Sitka Kitch and First Presbyterian Church Sitka as an additional named insured.
We currently do not have a way to cover community members who do have their own event / group insurance or who are not affiliated with a non-profit renting the Kitch. We apologize for the inconvenience and will update the website when more information is available.
AGE: Tenants/Users must be at least 18 years of age