If you’ve recently decided that you need a new church kitchen suitable to run a new church café, we understand just how many questions you might have. Will I need professionals to run our café? Should I advertise for trained volunteers? What equipment will I need? How many people am I planning to feed at one given time? Do I need two ovens? At Steelplan Kitchens, we know that each café is as unique as its church – which means every kitchen must be unique – so we’ve pulled together some options that’ll help you take that next step.
Running a church café is an excellent way to bring in much-needed revenue, while also creating a warm and welcoming space for your community. But the type of semi-commercial kitchen you need will very much depend on what type of café you intend to open…
If you’ve recently decided that you need a new church kitchen suitable to run a new church café, we understand just how many questions you might have. Will I need professionals to run our café? Should I advertise for trained volunteers? What equipment will I need? How many people am I planning to feed at one given time? Do I need two ovens?
At Steelplan Kitchens, we know that each café is as unique as its church – which means every kitchen must be unique – so we’ve pulled together some options that’ll help you take that next step.
The volunteer-run community space
Inexpensive and an excellent initiative to potentially help those in need in your community, a volunteer-run kitchen is ideal for smaller kitchens and churches. Also a place to encourage new members of your congregation, it’s great for offering a comfortable environment to make connections and meet new people. The question is – how can you encourage volunteers and ensure their health and safety comes first?
Running a small café often involves helpers assisting with tea and coffee rounds, setting and clearing tables, general tidying up and preparing food – which is where it’s important to ensure all volunteers are of aware of good food hygiene practices and follow food safety management procedures that reduce potential hazards and accidents. You may even decide to run a roster of volunteers or pay a volunteer coordinator to streamline the running of your kitchen. Also, don’t forget, once your new semi-commercial kitchen from Steelplan Kitchens is up and running, you’ll need to enlist those volunteers – Facebook, local newspapers and word of mouth are great for spreading the news!
The professional, experienced church café
Busier and often bigger than a volunteer-run café, a professional kitchen will need the experience of trained volunteers or paid-for staff – people who know how to effectively run a café or restaurant that has a larger offering of food and drink. It’s worth noting that a trained caterer is best placed to be in charge of your café – this job can involve anything from coordinating a team of volunteers and employing new members of staff to ordering supplies, organising food hygiene training or taking on the important role of head chef.
With more mouths to feed and a more complicated menu than just sandwiches and soft drinks, a professional café needs professionals to manage it. It also needs a kitchen that’s accessible, efficient and fully equipped to cater for your requirements, with appliances designed to do the job.
Are you covered?
Regardless of the size and purpose of your church kitchen, it’s important to consider the following:
Taking your first step into planning a new café for your church? Call the Steelplan Kitchens team on 0844 809 9186 to discuss your ideas and find out how we can help.
The inherent strength of metal and a combination of the benefits listed on this page mean that a steel Kitchen will far exceed the life expectancy of a standard wooden carcass kitchens in semi-commercial environments.
The polyester powder coated steel is impervious to water. No more swollen chipboard or rotting MDF.
The metal is fire resistant and the powder coat finish formulated so that no toxic fumes are emitted in the case of fire.
Unlike wooden/chipboard cabinets the Steelplan Kitchen carcass does not contain any material that may sustain, harbour or encourage insects or bacteria.
The powder coated finish means that the units can be kept to an extremely high level of cleanliness and hygiene at all times. Essential when used in health locations.
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