Health Sciences

313 Everett L. Marshall Building

Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

Phone: 734.487.4096

Demonstration Kitchen

A dietetic student demonstrating a recipe.
A dietetic student demonstrates a recipe to EMU students.
A dietetic student demonstrating a recipe.

A dietetic student demonstrates a recipe to EMU students.

Demo in kitchen
Cameras above give students an eagle-eye view of the demo.
Demo in kitchen

Cameras above give students an eagle-eye view of the demo.

Added in 2015, the Demonstration Kitchen at Eagle Nutrition Services (ENS) is a spacious kitchen classroom used to promote health and wellness through the art of cooking. With a studio-like layout, modern technology, and overhead cameras, we can immerse an audience in the full cooking experience.

We offer:

    • Hands-on meal prep and cooking classes for EMU students
    • Group cooking demonstrations for EMU departments and community
    • Private kitchen rentals for EMU departments and the community
    • Nutrition Presentations like heart-healthy cooking, eating on a budget, etc.
    • Nutrition Jeopardy and many other exciting events!

Our demonstrations and classes are led by dietetic students, registered dietitians, professional chefs and/or special guests. The kitchen seats up to 24 people and is fully equipped with video/sound recording, monitors for presentations, and other amenities.

The ENS Demonstration Kitchen is located at 105 Rackham Hall.  

Learn more about the ENS Demonstration Kitchen:

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    Our mission with the demonstration kitchen is to help:

      • build skills and knowledge in food preparation, budgeting, and nutrition
      • foster joy and confidence in cooking
      • support health
      • honor culture
      • promote sustainability and equity
      • build community
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    Individual sign-up classes are open to all EMU students.

    Each class features step by step guidance in preparing a delicious, cost-effective, nutritious, easy-to-make meal and finishes with eating together. This is the class for you if you would like to cook with new people, learn a new recipe, and/or work on your general cooking skills and food knowledge. 

    Classes are held monthly during the fall and winter semesters and feature a new menu every class.

    Check out our scheduling page see what's cooking, class times and availability. Click on group events to see available classes. If you don't see the group events tab, that just means there are no available classes at the moment; check back often! 
    New classes are posted and available for sign-up at the beginning of each month.

    Pre-registration is required for all of our classes. Walk-in's not accepted.

    • A $7 registration fee is requested to cover the cost of food and supplies. This fee is non-refundable and can be paid during the class. We often receive grants to cover the registration costs, so some classes are completely free for students!
    • Classes are capped at 20 participants. You will receive a confirmation once you complete registration.
    • We can accommodate most all allergy and dietary needs. During registration, you will be asked about diet preference and food allergy.
    • Check out our Kitchen FAQs for more information.
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    Group cooking classes can be arranged for any group of students to cook together!

    Eligible Student Groups include clubs/student organizations, teams, sororities/fraternities, Residence Hall floors, etc. You can also request a class for a group of friends.

    EMU-Sponsored Groups, including academic schools, EMU departments, class councils, etc., can sponsor a cooking class to support their students’ well-being and promote connection and belonging.

    Group classes are scheduled by request. Requests must be received at least 2 weeks in advance of when you would like to host a class. Typically classes run between 60 and 90 minutes in length. To request a group class, just email us. 

    Classes require a minimum of 8 participants and have a max capacity of 20. We will send you a registration link to share with your students once your class is scheduled. 

    Menu Selection 
    • Cooking classes are taught by dietetic students, registered dietitians, professional chefs, and/or special guests.
    • Everything is provided in the Demonstration Kitchen, and all experience levels are welcome.
    • Choose from our curated selection of standard menu options, featuring a variety of cuisines, lifestyles, and culinary skills.
    • Need a custom menu for your group or seeking curriculum development support? Email our team to discuss planning and pricing.
    Cost (for standard menu options): 
    • Student Groups: $7 per participant. Payment is made prior to the start of the class; individual participants can use credit/debit cards. Fees are non-refundable.
    • EMU-Sponsored Groups: $200 per class. Payment can be made via Interdepartmental Transfer. Once your class date is confirmed, you will receive an email with an invoice and Interdepartmental Transfer form. 

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    Any EMU-affiliated or community group can rent our demonstration kitchen for a private function.  

    Group rentals are for a minimum of 2 hours per event, and are $50/hour for community groups and $25/hour for EMU-affiliated groups. Set-up and clean-up must be included in your rental time; no early access to the kitchen space will be provided. Payment is required at the time of scheduling.

    There are specific guidelines that groups must follow in order to rent the kitchen space.  Groups will be required to sign a rental agreement contract. Any damages to the kitchen or wares will be billed to the rental group.

    For more information about renting our Demonstration Kitchen for your next event, call 734.487.6572 or email [email protected].

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    1. Who can take a cooking class?
      • The Demonstration Kitchen classes are for all EMU students, undergraduate and graduate! We also run classes specifically for employees of EMU.
    2. Who teaches the classes? 
      • Classes could be taught by peers, dietetic students, registered dietitians, professional chefs, and/or special guests.
    3. Do I need to bring anything with me for a cooking class?
      • Everything is provided in the Demonstration Kitchen. You only need to bring yourself! If you'd like to take home leftovers, please bring a food storage container.
    4. What if I have a food allergy or intolerance?
      • We strive to honor dietary needs and preferences by hosting a variety of class menus and by offering ingredient substitutions where feasible. Not every menu can be adapted to meet every need, but we will do our best. Please contact our team directly with your specific questions or requests.  
    5. I have a recipe in mind. Can I supply the recipe or meal ideas for our group?
      • Yes, we will work with groups to design a customized menu using your ideas, recipes, and feedback.
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    Kitchen demo


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    Kitchen demo




    Kitchen picture

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If you have questions, please email our team! 

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