About Midway Community Kitchen

Midway Community Kitchen opened in Chapel Hill's Northside community in December 2015. We offer an array of services to the neighborhood, including cooking classes, pop-up Markets, free and sliding scale food & nutrition classes, commercial space for local food businesses, pop-up dinners, charity events, & more. Our mission is to create a space where our neighbors can empower themselves in their own kitchens and create community while learning new skills.

 Photo Credit:  Shaena Mallett

Photo Credit:  Shaena Mallett

Kathy Ellis Gunn, Owner

Kathy Ellis Gunn is the owner and founder of Midway Community Kitchen. She is a Durham,  North Carolina native and business owner with an extensive food background. She’s enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge of food and cooking with community members in order that they may become more self-reliant, well nourished and able to reduce their reliance upon unhealthy prepackaged and fast foods.

Kathy is a successful and respected business owner who wants to help other business owners reduce their financial risk while learning and growing in a supportive environment and create opportunities for new businesses within the community. She is driven by the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn basic cooking skills that are essential for their health and wellbeing.  Perhaps most important of all to her, she is committed to engaging with and serving her community.

Kelly Knapp, Youth Programs Manager

Kelly Knapp is the Youth Programs Manager at Midway Community Kitchen. She has served in nonprofit education and child advocacy work for 10 years, ultimately gaining experience in program design and facilitation, outreach coordination and nonprofit administration. Kelly has been in the Triangle area since 2008 and loves connecting with others in the community through food and flavor.

Kelly has a strong background in early education and child culinary instruction. Her goal as a youth educator is to engage young folks in a multi-sensory approach to learning. Children and young adults are expert in their own physicality, and Kelly enjoys sharing her excitement for sights, sounds, textures, scents and flavor with people who are so intensely present with their experience of the world. She strives to help kids develop a more nuanced understanding of food preparation while maintaining a sense of play and wonder when cooking, baking and eating delicious things.

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