Twisted Kitchen offers space for food prep, cooking classes, photo shoots, and more
When local knitting and yarn shop The Twisted Ewe moved from its longtime home at the intersection of 17th and State streets to a new building at 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., store owner Carolyn Parkinson discovered something unexpected: an incomplete commercial kitchen in the back of the building.
“[Our new building] was actually the house of Kanak Attack Catering for several years, and they had a kitchen setup with a big hood, a walk-in cooler, and all those things,” Parkinson said.
Instead of leaving the kitchen vacant or selling its parts, Parkinson let her inner foodie take the reins. Through a friend, she reached out to Goodwood BBQ Chef Jered Couch, who took the lead on refreshing the kitchen design, replacing appliances Kanak Attack had taken, and bringing it up to code. By May of 2019, the project was complete and The Twisted Ewe unveiled its companion business: Twisted Kitchen.
Personal chefs, food truck owners, and caterers can rent Twisted Kitchen’s space by the hour, and it’s open 24/7, though Parkinson says so far, no one has taken her up on the offer to work in the dead of night. That might be in part because she works directly with prospective renters to find the number of kitchen hours they truly need.
“We get a lot of calls and emails asking what our monthly rate is, and if you rent our kitchen we’re going to charge you $5,000 a month, because the idea is to have it for multiple people to be able to rent,” she said. “I had one food truck vendor in here who said she was going to need it for 30 hours a week, and we got to talking and I said, ‘Let’s really narrow down what your kitchen time looks like’ … and it turns out it was looking like four or five hours a day, maybe, that she would need it.”
So far, Twisted Kitchen has hosted a few food truck owners, along with personal chefs like Avaflava’s, and small businesses doing everything from blending spices to making barbecue sauce. It’s also available for classes, demonstrations, photo shoots and filming, and several local businesses have taken advantage. Chef Kenneth Johnson of Domi, for example, partnered with iOne Bitters for a cocktail and appetizer pairing in the space, and plans to return in June for a nine-course dinner. In addition to the use of its facilities, the kitchen offers specialty equipment, smallwares, and limited dry and cold storage for rent.
Right now, Parkinson is exploring ways Twisted Kitchen can help bring the community together during the coronavirus pandemic. Options she’s considering include helping chefs offer take-out or delivery from the space, or hosting a small gathering to prepare meals for the homeless and vulnerable in partnership with local vegan cheese company The Kula Connection.
To learn more about Twisted Kitchen or sign up for a rental slot, visit TheTwistedKitchen.com.