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Food Programs and Services

Welcome the home of Food Programs and Services at K-State Olathe. We are here to serve the food safety and food science needs of the research, education and neighborhood communities as well as the food industry. See how we can serve you. 

What does Food Programs and Services do?

  • Community enrichment
    The kitchens at K-State Olathe are a resource for the community. We partner with groups, such as K-State Research and Extension and Olathe Parks and Recreation, to provide programs and workshops that address popular topics and provide timely how-to advice over a broad range of food subjects.

    Past programs include:
    • Holiday Meal Updates
    • A Fermented Foods Primer
    • BBQ 101
    • Demonstrations at the Olathe Farmers Market
  • Food Innovation Accelerator
    The Food Innovation Accelerator, or FIA, at K-State Olathe is an outgrowth of, and collaboration with, the Kansas Value Added Foods Lab, and is housed in the kitchens of K-State Olathe. It is a blend of facilities and expertise designed to provide support for the food product and ingredient industry — especially those companies starting new product lines or scaling up existing processes.

    Facilities consist of multiple work areas in five kitchens to match space and equipment to the variable needs of specialty food product producers. Zones in the facility are based on equipment and cooking needs, with some reconfiguration possible. 

  • K-12 programming
    Our goal is to assist you with teaching science through the use of food science, and to further educate the public in concepts and best practices of food safety. We have developed programming that uses multiple teaching techniques to reach the greatest number of student needs, with an emphasis on embedding hands-on pieces into the content. We also customize content to meet specific needs and goals.

    Programs can be held in our research kitchens or brought into your classroom.
    • Examples of programs include:
    • Functional Ingredients in Food
    • Deconstructing a Popular Dish
    • Four Simple Concepts for Food Safety
    • Taste and Flavor Workshop
    • Fermented Foods

To explore the possibilities for your class, contact Martha Nowak, K-12 coordinator, and please email the link with CC to Bryan Severns, director of food programs and services. 

  • Industry engagement
    Professional development training is mandatory in today's highly competitive and ever-changing food industry. K-State Olathe can create programs to fit the many needs of food industry professionals.

Facilities and Equipment

K-State Olathe has five kitchens. Each kitchen is outfitted with the most current equipment and appliances that are the industry standard. This ensures that what you learn at K-State Olathe has immediate, real-world use.

Click on the picture below to see kitchen layouts and the large-scale equipment in them. 


If you are looking for catering services for an event at K-State Olathe, please see the event planning page. If you are inquiring about joining our list of preferred caterers, contact Bryan Severns, manager of Food Programs and Services, for more information.


Bryan Severns

Bryan Severns
Food Programs and Services


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Download a pdf brochure of the services we offer to our industry partners.