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Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden: Edible Education Experience

College Park's Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden (Website) is located in College Park at 26 E. King Street (MAP). The 3,500 sq.ft. Kitchen House features a commercial kitchen classroom with four hands-on cooking stations, including food prep and hand-washing sinks, two gas ovens, refrigerator, and freezer.

In addition to a kitchen classroom, the first floor houses an educational lounge, which will serve as a welcome center and meeting space. The second floor features office space for Edible Education Experience as well as office rental space, which will provide ongoing income to help defray operating costs. A catwalk encircles the second-floor interior, providing a birds-eye view of the kitchen classroom below.

The Kitchen House & Garden will offer edible education experiences to Orlando Junior Academy students (throughout the academic year) as well as other local schools for after school enrichment, summer/holiday camps, field trips, Chef Night for families, Teacher’s Academy, community outreach, and special events.

In the 1,000 sq. ft. garden, volunteers and students will grow seasonal produce year-round to use in the edible education curriculum, community outreach, and edible special events. The garden sits adjacent to a covered outdoor veranda, complete with picnic tables and ample seating to enable fresh-air education.

Green features include:
  1. metal roof and cisterns for water catchment
  2. water pump for teaching experience
  3. solar energy for exterior night lighting
  4. energy-efficient A/C
  5. curtain wall with tinted windows
  6.  educational construction stations throughout