Rent the Instructional Kitchen

Looking to host a fun team-building event, wellness workshop, or cooking class? The ARC Instructional Kitchen is the place. The kitchen was renovated in 2020 with the help of American Campus to include a state-of-the-art audio/visual system, group stations, and an increased fire capacity of 30 patrons.

Space Specifications

  • Large digital displays for easy observation of the instructor
  • Audio/Visual capabilities for presentations and demonstrations
  • Group cooking at well-equipped kitchen stations
  • Taught by Student Wellness employees with a passion for nutrition and wellness
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Harvest table for a family-style meal to finish your event
  • We are inclusive and accommodate all food preferences

Frequently Asked Questions

Reservation Options

Option 1: Custom Class

Looking for a fun and unique team building event or party? With a custom class request, we will work with you to plan a custom cooking class for you group. We will provide a menu, instructors, and groceries so you don’t have to worry about a thing!

Request a Custom Class



Rates vary depending on student status, class duration, and grocery cost. A single class is approximately 1-2 hours, featuring 2-4 recipes, depending on recipe difficulty and budget. The average total cost for a student group of 20 is approximately $200.

Student Group Illinois Campus Department Community Group
  • $90 / single class
  • $165 / single class
  • $190 / single class

Please Note:

Starting 1/1/2024, we no longer provide the multi-class package discount. Instead, a 20%off discount will be applied to the total instruction fee with more than two classes scheduled. *RSO must submit the request under the same Purchase Request.

*Food allergies and dietary restrictions may be accommodated with one-week advance notice to Not all requests can be accommodated.


We schedule events based on student staff availability. Reservations are accepted for 9am – 9pm, 7 days per week. Campus Recreation has regularly scheduled programming in the space on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons, so these times are not regularly available for reservation.

Space Policies

  1. We operate on a first come, first serve basis. Please submit your custom class request at least 4 weeks before your desired event date. This will give us enough time to plan all the details of your event.
  2. If you represent an RSO, you must complete the purchase request and event request process at least three weeks prior to the event. We cannot confirm your event without their approval.
  3. Our kitchen space is limited to 20 people for a custom cooking class; for a party request, it is limited to 10 children. General space requests (kitchen rentals) can accommodate up to 30 patrons depending on the nature of the program.
  4. Groceries are billed at-cost with no up-charge or service fee. Total grocery cost will be included in your bill. Groceries are usually $5-$10 per person but will vary with your chosen menu.


Option 2: Kitchen Reservation

Do you want to host a cooking class but need a place to do it? Reserve the Instructional Kitchen for your event! We will manage your reservation and provide you with a kitchen monitor to assist with setup and cleaning. RSOs must complete the purchase request and event request process to reserve the kitchen.

Reserve the Instructional Kitchen

Option 3: Youth Party Packages

Enjoy your birthday making pita pizzas, cupcakes, and vegetable and fruit skewers. Children (ideal for ages 6-12) are educated on basic nutrition and balloon games and standard decorations are included. Small grab bags are also included for every attendee. Items can be added to these bags. Birthday guests see their name on the big screens in the Instructional Kitchen.

Book a Party in the Instructional Kitchen