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.


Michelle Aronson, Director of Events & Chef Instructor

Michelle Aronson is a farmer, chef, educator, and owner of the Farmbelly Cooking School. After several years working on small, sustainable farms on the east coast, she decided to learn her way around a kitchen and attended culinary school at Ballymaloe, a farm-based cooking school in Ireland. Inspired by the incredible teachers, fresh ingredients, and straightforward culinary ethos at Ballymaloe – she returned home excited to teach people how to grow, cook, and eat like farmers.

After several years working in food + farm education in Santa Barbara, Michelle and her husband recently moved to Carrboro, North Carolina, and they are eager to set roots in this wonderful community. She is excited to help plan, promote, support, and lead events + cultivate community at Midway Kitchen – let’s get cookin!