The Global Community Kitchen enhances campus programming by partnering with students to utilize food for cultural sharing, learning and community building. The program provides advising, resources and support in the planning, development and serving of food as the focus or a component of programming.  Annually thousands of meals are served, hundreds of students and community members volunteer and hundreds of individuals gain new insight on food use and production. 

How to Plan a Self Produced Food Event

  • Check Global Community Kitchen Availability
    • Hover over the "Browse" menu item, then click on "Browse Events"
    • Click the "Filter" Button on the right hand side, just below the "This Month" tab.
    • Select the "Global Community Kitchen" option under the Facilities Menu and press apply (you may want to adjust your view from there to weekly or monthly).
  • Create a reservation request by logging into EMS
    • If you do not have an EMS account, one will need to be created for you and the request can be made here.

    • No requests may be made fewer than 2 weeks in advance of the event. Depending on the scope of food service at your event, you may need to adhere to earlier deadlines, so be sure to plan early!

    • The Department of Student Leadership & Involvement will review your request and let you know when it has been confirmed. It is your responsibility to schedule a meeting with the GCK Advisor at that time by emailing

      • For larger events (more than 400), schedule your meeting at least 12 school weeks in advance. 

      • For smaller events (400 or fewer meals), schedule your meeting at least 8 school weeks in advance.

    • In advance of your meeting, email a draft of your menu and recipe template to the GCK Advisor

  • Plan your budget 
    • Rental costs range from $22-$55 per hour or $225-$365 per day, depending on the complexity of the production
    • For events outside of the MU, expect additional transportation fees of $30 per hour and a Temporary Restaurant License fee of $37 (price in 2016). 
    • You will also need to include the costs of the raw food and compostable eating-ware (forks, plates, napkins, etc.)
      • Keep in mind that, if you are serving meat, prices change frequently

Food Service Policies

  • Food Service Guidelines - OSU maintains alignment with Benton County Environmental Health while establishing best practice for public food service on campus. These guidelines provide an overview of best practice for the University community. Check with the venue for specific facility policies and approved caterers.
  • All open/public events require that food service on campus be supported through the GCK or by a licensed caterer. The completed operational plan review needs to be submitted to the office at least 10 days prior to the first event. A temporary restaurant application is required each 90 days.