So many exciting things are happening in the shared kitchen world. We don’t want you to miss a thing. While we select stories to share in our monthly newsletter, we just don’t have space for them all! Here are some highlights.
Like the rise in co-working spaces, I predict a rise in “co-cooking” community-based commercial kitchen spaces. Paying a monthly membership fee to access a commercial kitchen that covers cleaning, water, waste, electricity and equipment repairs definitely takes a lot of stress out of the mix for food producers.
Read more at In the Future, Shared Kitchens Will Function Like Community Centers – The Spoon
This month we were surprised to hear the news that Pilotworks, a company opening shared use kitchens across the country, is closing. With a new CEO in place, they seem to be aiming to simplify their model and focus on more urban markets. We will be watching this one closely.
Read more at Pilotworks Shutters Providence, RI and Portland, ME Branches – The Spoon
The redevelopment of the former Muskegon farmers market in Michigan caught our eye. Sights are set on turning the 100,000- to 120,000-square-foot facility into food research and manufacturing facility. With a $5-$7 million price tag, we are eager to see what emerges.
Read more at Food processing incubator proposed at old Muskegon farmers market – Muskegon News
We love this video put out by our friends at The Wallace Center. Jen Faigel (CommonWealth Kitchen) is a true leader in the shared kitchen community and her candid interview focuses on the real economic drivers that food entrepreneurship can bring to communities.
This is worth your time. Lifting Up Leadership: CommonWealth Kitchen (Youtube) – The Wallace Center at Winrock
Lisa Raiola is another pioneer in the share kitchen community. Her vision led to the opening of Hope & Main, one of the country’s premier culinary incubators. We toured the beautifully renovated schoolhouse in Warren, Rhode Island, during our 2016 Food Incubator Tour. Raiola’s story is one to enjoy and we are thrilled that Forbes thought so too.
Enjoy her story at A New England Food Incubator Launches An App To Further Boost The Local Food Scene – Forbes
Haden Smith is writing his own story with a redevelopment project in a Birmingham, Alabama. The Annex Culinary Incubator held its soft opening in July, lowering the barrier to entry for food entrepreneurs so they can grow their own food businesses.
Read more here Culinary incubator open in downtown Birmingham – AL.com