I am currently looking into affordable kitchen rental for:
- Candle making
- Cooking / baking
I would also add polymer clay arts here but I think it'll be harder to find a kitchen willing to allow that since not all polymer clay is food-safe.
Here is one lead I have:
Emma Prusch Farm Regional Park
They have a meeting room with commercial kitchen and their pamphlet says that the room can be rented for a "nominal fee", so I'm going to investigate that.
For candle making, I am hoping to buy materials wholesale, and have us split the cost. There are many websites online that sell the materials needed for cheap. I'm still in the midst of researching this, but I think depending on # of people involved and # of candles you want to make, it could turn out to be pretty inexpensive.
For example, I found a soy candle making set around $70 that has 10 pounds of wax: http://www.peakcandle.com/products/Soy-Container-Candle-Starter-Kit__K1004.aspx
The final price might be around $[masked] after buying extras of various necessities (like containers, wicks etc), but if we split among 10, 12, even 20 people that can be much less per person. Much better than Glow Candle in Willow Glen. :)
For baking, I'm thinking of supplying basic ingredients (flour, sugar, eggs, butter) then have others bring extra, plus any other ingredients needed for recipes. I like the idea of 1) decorating a large amount of simple cookies, or 2) making several different kinds of baked goods together. Then we can come up with some way to either donate or give away baked goods as presents so we don't have to eat them all ourselves. :)
For general cooking, I'm happy to take suggestions. The idea of cooking a themed meal as an event, then throwing a party with our own cooked food sounds fun.
Before all that though I need to secure a venue with a kitchen so I will keep you all posted!
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