view of the Cargill Teaching Kitchen at CCE-Tompkins
Image by Sandy Repp

Commercial demonstration area overlooking the four teaching kitchen stations.

View of the Cargill Teaching Kitchen at CCE-Tompkins
Image by Sandy Repp

Meeting area or additional food preparation space.

Cargill Teaching Kitchen

We have updated our kitchen application for 2024 and are accepting applications.

You are welcome to download the .pdf of the kitchen rental application, fill it out, sign it and either email a scanned copy to the Kitchen Manager at or mail / drop off the physical document at:

c/o Aly Trombitas, Kitchen Manager
615 Willow Ave
Ithaca, NY  14850

*IMPORTANT* - As outlined in the Vendor Application Guide on page 1 of the kitchen rental application, your application is only complete when you submit it with the necessary Certificate(s) of Insurance, and your deposit. Please review the kitchen rental application for details.

Contact the Kitchen Manager who is listed below with any questions.

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Are you interested in teaching cooking classes, holding a team building event or preparing food for your business in a commercial kitchen?

Consider renting one of our kitchen spaces- The Cargill Teaching Kitchen and the 4-H Acres Kitchen

While our kitchens primarily serves as the home base for the numerous nutrition and food related workshops offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, they are also available for rental on a limited basis for a wide range of activities.

We offer two fully functional commercial kitchens. 

The Cargill Kitchen has one demonstration station with commercial stove and oven, four teaching stations, a sanitation room and a meeting area. Standard food prep equipment is provided. Additional equipment, food preparation tables, meeting tables and chairs are available upon request. The Cargill Kitchen is located at our Education Center at 615 Willow Ave in Ithaca. 

The 4-H Acres Kitchen includes a commercial stove and oven, small walk-in cooler, sanitation area, and stand-up freezer. Standard food prep equipment is provided. The 4-H Acres Kitchen is located at 418 Lower Creek Rd in Ithaca, close to the Dryden border.  

To rent a Teaching Kitchen, please get in touch with the contact listed below. An application / rental agreement will be sent to you via mail or email. Upon receipt of the completed application, we will contact you to confirm your reservation and to set up an orientation, Please allow for at least 2-3 weeks prior to your first intended use. Proof of liability insurance must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the event date. The kitchen is available only when the space is not being used for CCE programming, and reservations are available on a first come, first served basis. 

If you are interested in using the kitchen as a commissary for your mobile food business, please email the Kitchen Manager for details. 

Kitchen Rental Application  (2024 version)


Aly Trombitas
Agriculture & Horticulture Educator
(607) 272-2292 ext. 150

Last updated December 21, 2023