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Boasting exposed brick walls, distinctive metalwork salvaged from Durham landmarks, a Front Room with ceilings stretching 20 feet high, an outdoor cobblestoned garden and a courtyard, The Cookery’s grounds in downtown Durham are the perfect setting for a myriad of private celebrations, corporate functions, and public events. Our unique space is quintessential venue for:

  • weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, and post wedding brunches
  • private celebrations such as birthday parties, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and retirement parties
  • corporate parties
  • daytime seminars and luncheons
  • university functions
  • food shows, fundraisers, trade shows, and other community events


The Cookery grounds now expand over 12,000 sq. ft., and can accommodate seated dinners and wedding ceremonies for up to 330 guests*.

*For cocktail style events that do not include a wedding ceremony, we can accommodate 500 guests. 


For next steps on renting event space from The Cookery, fill out the form through this link.

Q Additional Features

We are located less than 5 minutes from Duke Chapel, Duke Gardens, and downtown Durham, with easy access to Highway 147.

A full bar is available, featuring local NC beers on tap, hand crafted cocktails and professional bartenders.

The Front Room's mezzanine allows guests and photographers to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the room.

Outdoor grounds include two private spaces: our courtyard and the garden.

Valet parking is included in our Full Grounds weekend pricing as a courtesy to your guests (~$500 value!).

Our audio/visual system in the Front Room includes a 15' projector screen

Dining tables, cocktail tables, chairs and glassware are included in the price of renting The Cookery.

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  • Guest Parking:Yes
  • Outside Catering Allowed: No