Originally Posted by Bigmista
MrsMista and I went to the Moose Lodge and made a presentation to the board and they agreed to let us use their commercial kitchen during off hours!
As long as I show up a couple a times per month and cook dinner for the members (they pay for the food) I get to use the kitchen for free! That satisfies the HD rule for having a commercial kitchen for prep.
We are on our way now!!
We were thinking of doing the same thing in our area. At our first ever comp this past summer, we got to talking with a guy who turned out to be a bartender in our local Moose lodge. He suggested we join as they "could always use good cooks for events"
We've since done our first 2 paid gigs (first quoted for 70 people, last weekend was supposed to be 50 but more like 70 again)
The first one we did all the meats onsite (party was almost 300 miles from our home, so no other way) and cooked all the sides in their kitchen. This last one we did everything at our place and just had to deliver.
Both had VERY satisfied customers, so now we're pretty sure we're not fooling ourselves getting into this. Next step is either a Moose or church to have a commercial kitchen. (and possibly a larger smoker, just WSM's for now)
Best of luck in your future endeavors, and hoping you'll wish us luck in ours