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 a

Join us! Our brand new space includes:

  • 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

Please Note: Food allergies and dietary restrictions may be accommodated with one-week advance notice to apharri2@illinois.edu. Not all requests can be accommodated.

We offer three 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!

Personalized Group Instructional Cooking Classes

Student Group
  • $60 / single class
  • $90 / two classes
  • $110 / three classes
UI Campus Department
  • $80 / single class
  • $110 / two classes
  • $120 / three classes
Community Group
  • $95 / single class
  • $125 / two classes
  • $145 / three classes


We schedule events based on student staff availability. Reservations are accepted for 9 am – 9 pm, 7 days per week.

Please note that we have regularly scheduled programming in the space on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings so these times are not regularly available for reservation.


Rates vary depending on student status, class duration, and grocery cost.

Reservation prices:

Just wanting a general estimate? The average total cost for a student group of 20 is approximately $200.

Rules of Engagement

  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 send the RSO office your reservation request form at least 3-weeks prior to the event. We cannot confirm your event without their approval.
  3. Our kitchen space is limited to 30 people.
  4. Groceries are billed at-cost with no upcharge 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.

Reservation Pricing Information 

Option 3: Youth Party Packages (ideal for ages 5-10)

Enjoy your birthday making pita pizzas, cupcakes, and vegetable and fruit skewers. Children 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.

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