Team building, cooking events, catering, parties, and classes in the San Francisco Bay Area

The Kitchen

The Paulding & Company kitchen is located in Emeryville, California, one freeway exit from the Bay Bridge. It is convenient to San Francisco and the East Bay area, and one block from the Amtrak station, where the Capitol Corridor and Coast Starlight trains stop, with connecting bus service to and from San Francisco. The free Emery Go-Round bus stop is also one block away, making the kitchen equally convenient for BART riders via the MacArthur station. The 2400-square-foot, state-of-the-art kitchen and dining area was built in 2003 by Terry Paulding, as a combined teaching and catering facility. It was the home kitchen of Top Chef San Francisco, the inaugural season of the show. Pixar animators, working on Ratatouille, trained with Terry Paulding to learn hands-on cooking skills. Clint Eastwood shot three scenes for his movie Hereafter in the kitchen, and we've had national TV ad shoots in the kitchen as well—it is the epitome of a great cooking classroom.


We’ve hosted myriad corporate and private cooking events, including team development sessions, catered meetings, birthday parties, and interactive wedding rehearsal dinners. We also host catered events in the kitchen, with screened-off or open kitchen, seating for 70, and cocktail party space for 100. Our summers are filled with the sound of children laughing and cooking, as our Cook! Programs camps attract youth from all around the bay area. With a park less than one block away, we can also provide picnic events in good weather.

Groups coming to the kitchen can expect a well-planned and comfortable facility. We have a large, 12 burner stove, plus a separate high-temp burner for large pots, four full-size convection ovens, a commercial one-minute dishwasher, and equipment large and small, to make just about any project easy. We've hosted groups from as few as six to over one hundred guests, and the kitchen is always warm and welcoming. While large groups can be noisy, we've carefully adjusted the atmosphere so that sound levels never get too crazy. We have recently installed air conditioning, so the kitchen is even inviting on a hot summer day.

Plan your own special event at our kitchen