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About Community/Collective Kitchens

Community Kitchens consist of a group of people who get together on a regular basis to cook healthy, low cost meals. Each kitchen is set up a little bit differently, to whatever best meets the needs of the participants. Groups may focus on basic food skills, while others may focus on a certain type of food or cooking technique. Kitchens can be based around the interests and needs of the group as well as food preferences or dietary restrictions.

Benefits of Community/Collective Kitchens:

  • *Save time & money
  • *Learn new recipes & try new foods
  • *Gain new friendships
  • *Learn & share skills
  • *Eat healthier
  • *Increase confidence in the kitchen

Kitchen Workshops

Community Kitchen workshops are a great way to learn skills that may seem a little intimidating to try on your own. Follow along with an experienced instructor as they teach you skills that you will be able to then use at home to feed your family and friends. You will be able to take home a portion of what you have prepared at the workshop.

Workshops typically are held on a Saturday morning. The average cost to participate in a workshop is $10/person.

Workshops:

  • * Jams & Chutneys
  • * Pickling
  • * Salsa
  • * Breadmaking
  • * Fermenting
  • * Water bath and Pressure Canning

Make a plan to attend with friends for a fun and informative outing! Check our website homepage and Facebook page to find out when our next workshops are running and be sure to register early if you are interested in participating as space is limited.

Current Community Kitchens

Notre Dame Community Kitchen
This kitchen prepares 2-3 recipes and food is taken home in containers that are brought by the participant. There is no cost to participate in this kitchen. This kitchen is open to new members. Children ages 10+ are welcome to participate providing they are supervised by a parent.
Location: Notre Dame Academy Foods Lab - 646 Spruce Way SE
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Contact: Valerie Cox [email protected] or Ph. (204)599-4811

The Flats Community Kitchen
Do you live in the Flats and are interested in preparing meals with a group? This is a great opportunity to learn new skills and build friendships in your community! This community kitchen prepares 2-3 recipes and food is taken home in containers that are brought by the participant. This kitchen is open to new members. Children ages 10+ are welcome to participate providing they are supervised by a parent. There is no cost to participate in this kitchen.
Location: River Valley Community Church (previously Christ the King Assembly) - 1101 Queen Street SE
Time: 4-6pm Third Tuesday of the month - October - June
Contact: Glenda Staples [email protected] or Ph. (403)866-4362

Westminster Community Kitchens 1 & 2
Learn cooking skills and how to prepare healthy low cost meals at this community kitchen. This kitchen prepares 2-3 recipes and food is taken home in containers that are brought by the participant. This kitchen is open to new members. Children ages 10+ are welcome to participate providing they are supervised by a parent. There is no cost to participate in this kitchen.
Location: Westminster United Church - 101 6th Street SE
Time: 10am-1pm Kitchen 1 - 2nd last Monday of the month. Kitchen 2 - Last Monday of the month, September - June
Contact: Alison Van Dyke [email protected]  or Ph. (403)502-6096

Redcliff Community Kitchen
Learn new recipes, try new foods, gain new friendships, increase confidence in the kitchen! Bring your own containers to take home the food you've prepared. Children welcome, but must be accompanied by a supervising adult. There is no cost to participate in this kitchen.
Location: Gordon Memorial United Church - 401 2nd St. SE, Redcliff
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
September 11
October 16 (canning)
November 13
December 11
Contact: Valerie Cox [email protected] or Ph. (204)599-4811

"Big Cook" Kitchen
The "Big Cook" is a meal planning and preparation method where you prepare freezer meals in bulk. You spend 1 day preparing up to 200 meals which allows you to eat healthy, home-made meals while still accommodating a busy lifestyle. As you can imagine, due to the bulk quantity of food being purchased and prepared, there is a significant up-front cost for this kitchen. Please arrange with the contact person below for pre-payment of supplies and to register for the meal preparation days. This kitchen is open to new members.
Location: Notre Dame Academy Foods Lab - 646 Spruce Way SE
Time: On an "as needed" basis - various Saturdays throughout the year.
Contact: Annie Anderson [email protected] or Ph. (403)866-5020

Francophone Kitchen
Meet with other French speakers or those interested in French to prepare a variety of delicious foods such as French Christmas baking and crepes. For dates, times and cost of the next kitchen, please contact Marie-Anna. This kitchen is open to new members.
Location: McCoy High School Foods Lab - 202 8 St NE
Contact: Marie-Anna Stephens [email protected] or Ph. (403)526-3676

Bridges Family Programs Kitchen
The participants take home multiple servings as well as having a chance to get to know one another better by having a sit-down lunch to enjoy the fruits of their labor. This kitchen is open to Bridges clients. Childcare is provided.
Location: Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church - 476 4 Street SE
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm on the third Thursday of the month
Contact: Ph. (403)526-7473

Nuture Pregnancy Centre
Menu planning, budgeting and cooking are all covered in a community kitchen open to those who attend the Centre. This kitchen is open to Pregnancy & Family Support Centre registered participants. Childcare is provided for children ages 0-2.
Location: Pregnancy & Family Support Centre - 321 6 Avenue SE
Time: 1pm on the third Tuesday of the month.
Contact: Ellen Webb [email protected] or Ph. (403)504-8560

Saamis Immigration Services Kitchen
This kitchen is for newcomers to Canada and community volunteers, who are interested in sharing their cultural cuisine as well as learning to adapt their recipes to readily available Canadian produce. This kitchen is open to newcomers to Canada.
Location: Saamis Immigration Services - 659-3rd Street SE
Time: Call the number below to find out when the next kitchen is being held.
Contact: Aide Hilsendeger [email protected] or Ph. (403)504-1188 ext.105

Medicine Hat College Residence Kitchen
The student participants cook and share a meal and then divide the remaining food to take home. This kitchen is open to Medicine Hat College students living in residence.
Location: Medicine Hat College Residence Common Room
Time: 4-6pm last Sunday of the month during the academic year
Contact: Emily Johnson [email protected] or Ph. (403)394-5434

Miywasin Teen Kitchen
The Miywasin Teen Kitchen runs two Fridays a month from 4-7pm. This kitchen is open to new members.
Location: Miywasin Centre - 517 3rd Street S.E.
Contact: Carol Syrette [email protected]  or Ph. (403)526-0756

Youth Action Society Community Kitchen
The Youth Action Kitchen runs in conjunction with the Miywasin Teen Kitchen one Friday evening a month. Please contact the number below for specific dates and times. This kitchen is open to new members.
Location: Meet at the Youth Wellness Centre at 524 3rd Street S.E.
Contact: Melissa Pearl [email protected] or Ph. (403)528-8068

Redcliff Youth Centre Kitchen
This kitchen is run out of the Redcliff Youth Centre and allows the youth who access the centre a chance to learn how to cook.
Location: Redcliff Youth Centre - 19 Main Street S, Redcliff
Time: This program takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 4:30pm.
Contact: [email protected] or Ph. (403)548-2811

All of our Community Kitchens are graciously supported by the Medicine Hat & District Food Bank.

Want To Start Your Own?

If you have a love for cooking and want to share your passion with others we can help you start your own community kitchen! The focus, structure, timing, location, etc. is flexible. The Food Security Coordinator will help you get set up and be alongside you when you need help or have questions.

CFCA can help with:

  • * Finding a location (including insurance)
  • * Help with advertising
  • * Create a 'staples' pantry
  • * Conduct food safety and kitchen leader workshops
  • * Help create a budget, grocery shop and provide recipes

We are always looking for volunteers willing to lead a kitchen or teach a skill! Please contact the Food Security Coordinator if you would like to participate in this way.

Cookbooks, Recipes & Resources

Alberta Health Services has compiled a Collective/Community Kitchen manual which can be used to start a new kitchen or run an existing kitchen.

If you are a Community Kitchen Leader, the following resources are available for you to borrow.  Please contact the Food Security Coordinator to arrange pick-up: Community Kitchen Recipe Books

Good and Cheap is a collection of recipes for people with limited incomes by Leanne Brown. Eat well on $4/day!

From Scratch is a vegetarian cookbook intended for people just becoming comfortable in their own kitchens also by Leanne Brown.

Recipes from our Kitchen Workshops:

Kombucha

Honey Spiced Peaches

Orange Rhubarb Chutney

Strawberry Honey Jam

Tomato Salsa

Kitchen Locations