Contact The Cookery
If you are interested in learning more about The Cookery, or have general questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is the best way to contact us for any questions or inquiries!
Should you have an immediate need that must be discussed, can also call us at:
*Please do not call us about use of our kitchen facility until after you have filled out our online membership application. Instead please read about the membership process and fill out the application by clicking HERE.
THE COOKERY KITCHEN & FRONT ROOM
We are located at 1101 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC, 27701. Just look for the building with the big skillet! For directions to The Cookery on Google Maps, CLICK HERE.
Our office is above Absolute Automotive at 1105 West Chapel Hill Street. Entrance is at the left front door. If the door is locked, please call our office.
Tours and Orientations
If you are interested in touring The Cookery, please fill out a Membership Application on the Getting Started page and we will contact you about setting up a tour. Serious inquiries only, please.
When you arrive for a tour or orientation, please go to 1105 West Chapel Hill Street (our office is located above Absolute Automotive, which is the building to the right of The Cookery). Please wait outside the front door, and our manager will meet you at the appointed tour or orientation time. If there is inclement weather, please feel free to ring the doorbell so we can allow you in the building.
FRONT ROOM tours are held at the Front Room. Please enter through the front door on West Chapel Hill Street.
If you have a scheduled meeting at our office, please go to 1105 West Chapel Hill Street (our office is located above Absolute Automotive, which is the building to the right of The Cookery). Please ring the doorbell at the door on the left and wait for our staff to come let you in.
If you are visiting us to attend a Culinary Workshop, please enter through the driveway on West Chapel Hill Street. Knock on the turquoise door, and someone will let you into the kitchen! If your workshop is specifically designated to take place in the Front Room, please enter through the front door to our building on West Chapel Hill Street.
About the Owners
After identifying a need for commercial kitchen access for food entrepreneurs in Durham, Nick Hawthorne-Johnson, a licensed contractor and co-owner of Bull City Restoration, decided to breathe new life into what once was the Durham Food Co-op building in 2011. The kitchen concept quickly transformed, and Rochelle Johnson, an artist turned entrepreneur, resigned from her graphic design and marketing business, Row Design Studios, to dedicate her career to The Cookery.
Utilizing Nick’s entrepreneurial instincts and an “anything is possible” attitude, as well as Rochelle’s marketing and design talents to craft a recognizable and cohesive brand, this husband and wife partnership built a culinary incubator that uses the collaboration of many businesses to create new experiences and products that revolve around food.
The Cookery is now considered the Triangle’s culinary hub - in addition to providing commercial kitchen space for rent by the hour, it offers small food business consultation to countless member businesses, Culinary Workshops that give the general public access to cooking instruction by talented local chefs, and a beautiful event space, the Front Room, that hosts food shows, private dinners, and serves as the Southeast’s only revolving pop-up restaurant.
The unveiling of the Front Room marks the expansion of this already thriving incubator, and offers limitless possibilities for the local food scene and the exploration of new culinary concepts. Fortunately for the Johnsons, The Cookery is located in a community where locally produced products are celebrated, and the story behind the dish is a valued aspect of the eating experience!
We have a ton of talent whisking through the doors at The Cookery, and we are happy to make introductions. Email us at hello (at) durhamcookery.com for questions about connecting with:
- Caterers to provide food for various events from large, formal parties to office lunches
- Food trucks to cater large outdoor events
- Vendors to supply wholesale baked goods and other locally produced goods for businesses in the area
- Corporate food gifts
- Other great ideas to incorporate unique food goods into your event - wedding favors, holiday goodies and fun hors d'oeuvres ideas
Photos by D.L. Anderson
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