The Cookery – Front Room Grand Opening

On September 15th, from 12pm – 3pm, The Cookery will be celebrating the grand opening of it’s new event space called The Front Room.  Having had a chance to check out the building – which is directly attached to the Cookery’s kitchen – a couple of months ago (while under construction), I”m sure it’s going to be a lovely space and an awesome addition to the Triangle food scene.

The idea of the Front Room is to host pop-up restaurants, specialty food events, culinary workshops, and private parties, among other things.  It can accommodate up to 200 people, and includes a mezzanine and outdoor patio, as well as a full bar, audio/visual equipment, and, of course, access to the kitchen facility.  This will allows chefs, caterers, and others to create all manner of fantastic food events.

Members of the Cookery who will be at the opening serving up food will include Chirba Chirba, Monuts Donuts, Pie Pushers, Sympathy for the Deli, Triangle Raw Foods, and The Parlour.  There will also be wine and beer tastings, live music, and more.

Best of all, the grand opening is also serving as a fundraiser for the Durham Crisis Response Center’s Emergency Shelter.  Proceeds from food sales at the event will go towards remodeling the shelter’s kitchen.

I hope to see you there!

The Cookery – Durham


The Cookery is a new venture in downtown Durham that’s meant to foster and support the area’s food entrepreneurs.  Described as a “culinary food incubator”, it will be much more than just a kitchen for rent.  In addition to four commercial ovens, a 30 quart mixer, coolers, fridges, freezers, terminals for cleaning and stocking food trucks, and rental lockers, the goal is to offer design and marketing services as well to help get local food businesses off the ground.  The venture’s founders are Nick Hawthorne-Johnson, who bought the building at 1101 W. Chapel Hill St. when the Durham co-op closed, and his wife Rochelle Johnson, of Row Design Studios.

To celebrate its inception, the Cookery will be hosting an open house this Thursday April 7th from 7-9 pm.  Those who come out will have the chance to check out the facilities and eat some scrumptious goods from the likes of Pie Pushers, Slippin Sliders, Farmhand Foods Sausage Wagon, and other local food trucks.  Sounds like another great event and a really cool place!

credit/source: Bull City Rising for almost all of this info