Well that was a total waste of time. They changed their mind after I got there and didn't even come out to meet with me...when the front desk girl buzzed the lady I needed, I talked to her on the phone (AFTER I drove over, after taking time off work AND getting a neighbor to come watch my kids
), and she said they "aren't willing to give up the time" in their kitchen for anyone using it for weddings that aren't at that facility. If it was at their banquet center, it'd be fine, of course...
Oh well. I got my license and dba registered. Now if I could just find a kitchen. I have another option closer to home, but they sell cakes, so I'm not too hopeful about it, though the lady there who I spoke with said she didn't mind (and she does the baking), and she thought the owner might say yes (?), but she couldn't be sure. We'll see. Also talked to a church I know, and they'd rent to me, but they're not certified "any more".
For now I'm going to quit worrying about it and bake from home. Everyone I've talked to, from caterers to bakeries, doesn't seem to even know or care that our state doesn't recognize home kitchens, so it seems like I'm making it harder on myself by trying to "get legal"...the lady at that last bakery said she did it from home for years with no problems. There are 2 coop kitchens around here--both are at least 30-40 minutes drive away...ugh
Back to the drawing board. Building my own kitchen is sounding better and better.