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December 13, 2018 Blog
The shared kitchen model, emerging and evolving By Ashley Colpaart
Shared kitchens and kitchen incubators play a unique and vital role in food and entrepreneurial ecosystems across the country. Shared kitchens are licensed commercial spaces that provide a pathway for food entrepreneurs—ranging from chefs, caterers, food truck operators, and bakers, to value-added producers and packaged food and beverage makers—to launch and grow their businesses. By
December 10, 2018 Kitchen Tips
Planning Services for Shared-Use Kitchens By Ashley Colpaart
While renting space through memberships or hourly can be profitable with the right level of utilization, oftentimes services provide additional revenue streams to support the kitchen’s business model. Below is the Service Planning chapter of the Shared Kitchen Toolkit we developed with Fruition Planning and Management in partnership with Purdue University Extension, Local Food Program. We will be
November 5, 2018 Blog
NICK Feature Question: Where do you purchase your commercial equipment? By Lindsey Richardson
The Network for Incubator and Commissary Kitchens (NICK) is the largest network of shared kitchen professionals sharing their knowledge and insights daily. Below is a summary of a recent conversation regarding establishing a new kitchen near a competitor. Answers may have been edited for readability. Question: Where do you purchase your commercial equipment? Do you
October 5, 2018 News & Announcements
The 2018 NICK Summit By Lindsey Richardson
It’s almost time, folks! Our very first annual NICK Summit is completely sold out. We couldn’t be more humbled by the community of coordinators, sponsors, speakers, and attendees that have pulled together to make this event possible. If you’re attending, we’re excited to meet many of you in person for the first time in less
October 1, 2018 Kitchen Tips
NICK Feature Question: Would your business be affected by a kitchen locating themselves close to you? By Lindsey Richardson
The Network for Incubator and Commissary Kitchens (NICK) is the largest network of shared kitchen professionals sharing their knowledge and insights daily. Below is a summary of a recent conversation regarding establishing a new kitchen near a competitor. Answers may have been edited for readability. Question Right now we’re in the property search phase. We
September 11, 2018 Kitchen Tips
NICK Feature Question: What small business accounting software is everyone using for shared/commissary kitchens? By Ashley Colpaart
The Network for Incubator and Commissary Kitchens (NICK) is the largest network of shared kitchen professionals sharing their knowledge and insights daily. Below is a summary of a recent conversation about the various accounting solutions for shared kitchens. Question What small business accounting software is everyone using for shared/commissary kitchens? We have started off with Quickbooks but
September 7, 2018 News & Announcements
Announcing: Food Safety Guidelines for Incubator Kitchens By Ashley Colpaart
In response to the rise in the number of shared kitchens across the country, the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) recently developed and released, “Guidelines for Incubator Kitchens.” Aimed at state and local food safety regulators, the guidance is an important step in codifying the shared kitchen model and assisting regulators responsible for regulating
August 23, 2018 Kitchen Tips
NICK Feature Question: How do you manage access to the kitchen? By Ashley Colpaart
The Network for Incubator and Commissary Kitchens (NICK) is the largest network of shared kitchen professionals sharing their knowledge and insights daily. Below is a summary of a recent conversation about measuring kitchen impact, edited for readability. Question ” I want to know if there is a best way to track entry to doors?” Answers “Setting up
August 16, 2018 Kitchen Tips
NICK Feature Question: Keep Those Walls Clean By Ashley Colpaart
The Network for Incubator and Commissary Kitchens (NICK) is the largest network of shared kitchen professionals sharing their knowledge and insights daily. Below is a summary of a recent conversation about measuring kitchen impact, edited for readability. Question “Who has FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) on the walls of their kitchen. What have you found as the
August 3, 2018 Blog
NICK Featured Question: Measuring Metrics for Kitchen Impact By Ashley Colpaart
The Network for Incubator and Commissary Kitchens (NICK) is the largest network of shared kitchen professionals sharing their knowledge and insights daily. Below is a summary of a recent conversation about measuring kitchen impact, edited for readability. Question “We are evaluating our metrics for tracking the success of our kitchen… Do you have measures for tracking