Pretzel City Kitchens (PCK), a community kitchen open to the public, is now open at 1 E Spring St in Freeport.
PCK is a certified, shared-use commercial kitchen that provides commercial-grade kitchen equipment, processing space, and support services. It is available for both emerging and established food-based ventures/businesses, caterers, individuals, and other organizations that may require a large kitchen for food preparation projects. Other potential uses for the kitchen include serving as a location for cooking classes offered by businesses and educational organizations as well as a space for those desiring a large kitchen for parties or other private events.
PCK occupies a large, separately secure space on the first floor of Wagner House at 1 E Spring St. and is accessible for its customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Equipment includes two 10-burner gas stoves, commercial ovens, bakery-grade mixers, and all necessary cookware needed for many large-scale kitchen projects. “We’re very happy to be able to offer a kitchen of this caliber to the public,” says Margaret Larson, PCK Board President and County Director, University of Illinois Extension, for Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties. “Students from CareerTec have been using the space already, and we’ve hosted several smaller events. We’re planning an open house for the public on July 25th, and a number of informational sessions for potential commercial users will also be held soon.” All information and dates can be found on the PCK website at www.pretzelcitykitchens.org or call Pretzel City Kitchens at 815-908-0224.