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.

Amenities:

  • 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 follow up and comment on the wonderful experiences we had at your facility with our two recent projects. For both projects not only was the before project support (including updates and such) excellent, but while at your facility all of your personnel were stellar and the respondents were top notch. We were exceptionally well taken care of and thoroughly enjoyed everything. Please let everyone know that we think they did a great job and how much we appreciated all of their assistance. I will always call on Herron first when our research needs bring us to your markets again. Thanks.”
– Kristen Deevers, National City Corporation