Become a Member

Application Progress:

Would you like to rent out our kitchen? Please read our FAQs then do the following:
  1. Fill out the application packet online or print it out and email or fax it to us. To Apply online, click the "Begin Online Application" button below. If you do not want to apply online, download the packet here then mail or fax it to us. *
  2. Take the ServSafe Food Handler's License test either online, or at a location convenient to you.
  3. We will put you in touch with the health board if you need a health certificate.
    • If you are cooking for friends and family, you will not need a health certificate.
    • If you are cooking for the general public, you will need a health certificate.
  4. Pay a one time $50.00 membership fee
Begin Online Application
*You will need Adobe Reader to read the packet. You may download it at

If you don't own a business, and you're just using the kitchen for personal reasons, you may skip this step.

We would like to know if you have a business plan in mind. For example, how do you plan to sell your product?

Non-Compete Agreement It is the intent of the East Side Community Kitchen to create and foster an environment of support and camaraderie among its members. The success of every business is our goal. For the protection of all members, their products, and their services kitchen members will not:
  • Pursue another members clients, customers, or accounts
  • Infringe upon the products, recipes, services, or techniques as demonstrated by another member
  • Engage in any activity which would damage the business, progress, or reputation of another member
Failure to maintain this agreement can result in suspension or revocation of kitchen membership.
Payments Agreement
  • Rent is processed on the first of each month
  • A credit or debit card must be kept on file for auto drafting of payment
  • Late payments may be assessed a 10% penalty
  • Failure to make payments will result in kitchen suspension
  • Agree to have payments automatically billed monthly, on the 1st of each month
  • Agree to the current rates listed on the website
Rates questions? Check our FAQs for more information.
Security Agreement To insure the safety and security of all kitchen members and their property please adhere to the following rules:
  • Keys and security codes cannot be transferred
  • Doors are to be locked AT ALL TIMES even during operating hours
  • Alarm must be set when exiting building
  • A security deposit of $150.00 may be collected
  • A key deposit of $50.00 is due at the time of key issuance
Failure to maintain building security will result in suspension of kitchen usage. If you have questions about the alarm system or building security, please ask.
Scheduling Agreement
  • Schedule hours as accurately as possible
  • Scheduled hours will be billed unless a cancellation is received at least 72 hours in advance (Cancel reserved hours as soon as possible if you are unable to make your scheduled time)
  • You may extend beyond your hours only if space is available
  • One half hour of unbilled clean up time is permitted after scheduled hours
  • Standing reservations are permitted, but no refund is given for unused hours
  • A copy of the kitchen schedule is submitted to the Health Department monthly or as requested
Kitchen Rules
  • Proper attire must be worn at all times
    • Proper hair restraints
    • No open-toe shoes
    • No sleeveless shirts
  • Adhere to your scheduled hours
  • Treat common areas and equipment with care
  • Report any equipment damage or malfunction immediately for repair
  • Clean up properly – wipe down and sanitize equipment and work areas after use, wash kitchen wares and return to their proper location, sweep & mop floor, and take out your trash. You are given a half hour of unbilled clean up time – use it! Failure to clean up properly will result in a warning, fine, and eventual kitchen membership suspension or revocation
  • Bring your own disposables and food storage items – foil, plastic wrap, Ziplocs, cambros, food storage containers (NSF), trash bags, & parchment
  • Label all stored items properly or they may be discarded
  • Familiarize yourself with proper food handling and storage procedures
  • Clean as you go to maintain a safe and tidy environment
  • Respect other kitchen members work area and property
  • Only authorized kitchen members may be present in the facility unless advance permission is obtained
  • Professional conduct is expected at all times
  • No disruptive music, language, or activities
Thank you!
Thank you for taking the time to fill out your application online. It has been submitted, and you have been emailed a confirmation.

Your next step is to take the ServSafe test. You may take it online, or find a class near you.