Commercial Test Kitchen: The Secret’s in the Service…

While a large portion of a successful food research project lies in having first-rate facility, experts recognize the importance of the “back of the house”. Our skilled staff at The Idea Center® provides proactive support and anticipates your needs to guarantee an efficient and smooth project.


  • 960 square feet (36’ × 30’)
  • 3 phase power, 450 amps
  • 12’5” ceiling
  • 71” double door width
  • 8’ × 8’ walk-in cooler and 8 ‘x 8’ freezer
  • 21’ commercial hood with ventilation
  • Commercial quick recovery water heater
  • 5 gas connections
  • 3-well stainless steel sink with drain board, garbage disposal and grease well
  • 90-second commercial dishwasher
  • 5 stainless steel food preparation tables totaling 33’ (2-8’, 1-7’, 2-5’)
  • Dual monitors for closed circuit viewing from CLT or group room

Location, Location, Location

The location of the commercial kitchen was designed for privacy and efficiency. The kitchen is accessed by a dedicated corridor for test product delivery to a focus group suite and a large central location testing room that seats up to 50 classroom style. There is ample storage space off the loading dock with double door entry into the test kitchen for large equipment.

Equipment available for rent:

  • 4 burner gas stove with 36” griddle and 2 ovens
  • 1 electric fryer (Hobart) with 1 well and 2 baskets
  • 1 gas fryer (Picto Frialator) with 1 well and 2 baskets
  • 3 steam tables
  • Cold line (prep unit)
  • Re-thermalizer (1 phase 220 volt, 2 well)
  • 2 drawer bun warmer
  • 5 heat lamps (2 lamps, 500 watts)
  • 2 residential ovens
“I just wanted to let you know that our recent project at The Idea Center in Indianapolis was perfect. Kim is a very capable, confident and organized individual. It is rare to see someone handle everything she did for us with seemingly little effort. I know we asked a lot of her, but she did it all with a smile. We are constantly working at focus facilities and have never had such a pleasant experience. We also worked with Kelly and Ann - and I only have good things to say about each of them. (Especially the chicken Ann cooked for us on Friday). The recruiting that was completed also exceeded our expectations. Thanks to Koa and her group. ”
– Debbie, Donoghue & Associates, Inc.