Sunday, September 27, 2015

A kitchen incubator? That's real economic development, Jeff.

Gina Brown has been working for more than a year in the former Dueling Grounds cafe space.

Class with Chef: The official press release.

Foodie foreshadowing & denouement: Class With Chef.

Now she's adding the element of a "kitchen incubator," or a space where "early-stage catering, retail and wholesale food businesses" can share an accredited kitchen.

The article below explains the concept in the context of an effort in Louisville. Notice the entrepreneurial tie-ins with transitional neighborhoods; it's a leg-up for people with ideas but little start-up capital.

June 29, 2015: Louisville's First Kitchen Incubator

National and local leaders came together today to celebrate as Community Ventures, a Kentucky-based nonprofit corporation, broke ground on Louisville’s first kitchen incubator, Chef Space, located in the Russell Neighborhood. Chef Space will occupy the former Jay’s Cafeteria and will provide commercial kitchen space and business support services for up to 50 food- related early stage businesses. The facility will also house a retail outlet and meeting spaces open to the community. Community Ventures is renovating the 13,000-square-foot site with a late October opening planned as the first phase of a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization project.

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