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Review full document of Culinary Commons Policies

In 2013 the policies were updated to allow more entrepreneurs to utilize the facility to launch a food business. In 2016, a branding and marketing campaign led to the new name, Culinary Commons. Changes and clarifications to the policies in 2017 aligned Culinary Common usage with new Fairgrounds Reservation policies. Policies PDF linked above and communicated throughout this website reflect the 2017 updated policies. 

Kitchen Tour

A tour of the kitchen space (693.25 sq. ft.) is required prior to rental, so you know if the space meets your needs and are introduce to food safety and state food business licensing topics. To schedule a tour, contact K-State Research and Extension–Douglas County at (785) 843-7058.

Kitchen Access & Orientation 

The Douglas County Maintenance Department will be responsible for unlocking and locking the kitchen. Douglas County Maintenance Staff will provide an orientation when opening the kitchen for a client’s first rental to cover basic use procedures.

Please call a Fairgrounds Crew member to lock and unlock the kitchen at 785-393-8130.

Overage Time

Any overage of time beyond the check-out time will be billed at a rate of $45.00 an hour, with a one hour minimum.

Rental Check-out

All kitchen clients must contact a Fairgrounds Crew member to check-out at the end of the rental time period. Client is responsible for the kitchen and its contents and any damage that may occur until they check out with the Fairgrounds Crew.

Changes to Rental Agreement 

Changes to the Rental Agreement must be agreed upon at least two weeks prior to rental and are up to the discretion of Douglas County Management.

Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation is required within 72 hours of reservation in order to receive full refund. If a client is a no call/no show 3 or more times, Fairgrounds management reserves the right to cancel any future reservations. Failure to comply with this contractual obligation will result in forfeiture of any and all rental fees paid to date for the associated reservation.


By submitting an application and using the Culinary Commons Incubator Kitchen, the client agrees to pay for any and all damage done to property, facilities, fixtures or grounds occurring during the time period of the client’s use, but only to the extent resulting from client’s negligent or willful act or omission, or the negligent or willful act or omission of the client’s officers, agents, employees, guests, patrons, or invitees. If Douglas County pursues legal remedies available for collection of debt, the applicant agrees to pay all costs of collection efforts, including but not limited to attorney fees and court costs. Damage includes theft of any property owned by Douglas County that is made available for use in the Culinary Commons
Incubator Kitchen.

Cleaning & Supplies

Each client is responsible for cleaning the kitchen as part of their kitchen use including all countertops, cabinets, equipment, tables and floors. The Culinary Commons Incubator Kitchen will supply all the necessary cleaning supplies. A trash dumpster is located east of Building 21.

All clients are required to empty their trash from the kitchen. If the kitchen is not clean upon inspection after client use, a cleaning charge of $45 per man hour will be charged.