List: U.S. Culinary Incubators

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Culinary incubators sit in an interesting space between commercial kitchens and incubator programs, and are helping to bridge the gap between self-production and moving to a co-manufacturer. They often provide access to expensive kitchen equipment, business services, and mentorship — and there are more and more of them popping up across the nation. Here’s a quick list of today’s players:

Note: Originally published on October 30, 2016. The current publication date reflects the last time the list was updated.

  • Athens Food Venture Center (ACEnet) — Athens, OH – Provides equipment and storage; used by ~65 entrepreneurs annually.
  • B-More Kitchen — Baltimore, MD – “Baltimore’s first food incubator,” B-More Kitchen was launched with the help of Union Kitchen (see below).
  • Blue Ridge Food Ventures — Asheville, NC – 11,000 sqf shared-use kitchen and natural products manufacturing facility
  • Commissary Columbus — Columbus, OH – Commercial kitchen with focus on food trucks; also hosts community cooking classes and demonstrations.
  • CommonWealth Kitchen — Dorchester and Jamaica Plain, NYC – Formerly CropCircle Kitchen, a commercial kitchen helping to grow established businesses by providing large volume production equipment, business assistance, marketing, and access to capital.
  • Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator — Youngstown, OH – Shared use kitchen that also provides business advisory services.
  • The Cookery — Durham, NC – Culinary incubator and event venue.
  • Cook’s Nook — Austin, TX – Shared commercial kitchen space and culinary incubator with business and networking service.
  • Ennovation Center — Independence, MO – Commercial kitchen co-working space and business technologies area with office and lab space.
  • Flint Food Works — Flint, MI – Kitchen space and business growth services.
  • Food Fort — Columbus, OH – Strategically located in a USDA food desert, Food Fort provides both a commercial kitchen and hands-on technical assistance.
  • The Hatchery — Chicago, IL – Planned; intends to bring education, capital, and support to the Chicagoland food entrepreneur community.
  • Hotbread Kitchen — NYC – Kitchen incubator focused specifically on bakers.
  • Kitchen Coop — Broomfield, CO – provides co-manufacturing services, plus technical, business and sales consulting to help food and beverage companies grow.
  • KITCHENTOWN – San Mateo, CA – Food startup incubator that provides production space, equipment, and the opportunity to interact with a community of like-minded peers, industry experts, and investors in order to help entrepreneurs scale their businesses.
  • The Kitchen Council — Omaha, NE – planned for 2017
  • Kitchen Kru — Portland, OR – 4800 sqf culinary incubator designed to support culinary inspired entrepreneurs in developing, operating, and growing a successful business.
  • La Cocina — San Francisco – Incubator kitchen working to cultivate low income food entrepreneurs by providing affordable kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities.
  • La Cocina — Virginia – Focused on workforce development, La Cocina VA provides culinary training, career certification, and job placement assistance.
  • LA Prep – Los Angeles – Provides full-time production space for wholesale food producers.
  • LSU AgCenter Food Incubator — Baton Rouge, LA – Business incubator that specializes in developing emerging food ventures and providing technical services to existing and emerging companies.
  • Maker-to-Market — Minneapolis, MN – The Lakewinds Food Co-op and The Good Acre have partnered to create this incubator in order to support fresh, local healthy food by helping food entrepreneurs turn their products into retail-ready goods.
  • Midway Community Kitchen — Chapel Hill, NC – Provides kitchen space as well as classes, seminars, event space, and even kids’ summer camps
  • New Orleans Food & Farm Network — New Orleans – Working to build the local food economy in greater New Orleans by increasing markets for farmers, incubating farms, and training new farmers.
  • Organic Food Incubator — NYC – Provides kitchen space, contract manufacturing services, education and coaching to growing food and beverage companies.
  • PFAP — Hillsborough, NC – Culinary incubator and shared use kitchen.
  • PREP — Atlanta – Half of their 15,000 SQF space is dedicated to food trucks; they also offer business acceleration services.
  • Rutgers Food Innovation Center — Bridgetown, NJ – Food business incubator and economic development accelerator program.
  • Union Kitchen — DC – Kitchen incubator providing production space, distribution services, and mentorship. Also helps launch other culinary incubators, like B-More Kitchen in Baltimore (see above).
  • Vermont Food Venture Center — Fairfax, VT – Shared-use, multi-purpose kitchen incubator for value-added and specialty food producers; equipped for co-packing, too.
  • Watertown Farm Market Kitchen — Watertown, WI – Professional shared-use kitchen and food production facility accessible by the hour.
  • YorKitchen — York, PA – Shared kitchen incubator open 24/7.

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