When it comes to food, Hamilton is in the midst of a revolution! New restaurants, mobile food carts and trucks, and fantastic culinary events are popping up all over and helping to make this city a great place to be. Many new chefs, bakers, and food artisans are looking for ways to launch their businesses in the Hammer, but starting up is still a daunting challenge for any entrepreneur. Food prepared for sale is required to be made in a Public Health approved kitchen, the renting of which can be very expensive and hard to obtain, and the red tape at City Hall can be difficult to navigate.
That is where The Kitchen Collective comes in. We are a new non-profit, affordable commercial kitchen and culinary incubator designed to give aspiring entrepreneurs a boost in the industry as well as a collaborative space in which to launch their business and learn from each other. As a co-operative, the Collective is owned and operated by its members, ensuring that the services provided are always in line with the needs of the membership. Other co-operatives business in Hamilton that you may be familiar with include The Mustard Seed Co-op (grocery store), THAAT Co-op (bicycle-based delivery services), and Community Car Share Co-op. To learn more about co-operative organizations in Ontario, visit www.ontario.coop.
The Kitchen Collective has the potential to not only help put amazing and delicious food into the hands of Hamiltonians, but will create new jobs, help launch new and exciting culinary businesses, and assist in helping those businesses grow and connect to the Hamilton community.
The Collective will be:
an inspected, approved, and fully-equipped commercial kitchen designed for anyone who works with food, in any stage of their business development or career
a space where members can experiment, create, collaborate, and share
a space for starting or expanding food related businesses without the huge expense involved in building and equipping a private commercial kitchen
a space to host cooking workshops and demonstrations, as well as host temporary ‘pop-up’ retail and food events
a home base for mobile foods businesses such as trucks and carts to prep their product and manage their business
a retail space to sell products alongside other small businesses
- a space where new chefs can practice their craft, develop new dishes, and gain the experience needed before opening their own restaurants