A kitchen or culinary incubator is shared kitchen space for new or early-stage “food entrepreneurs.” Many begin from home under
“Cottage Industry” Law. All hope to elevate their “cottage business” to the
next level but that requires a larger, relatively inexpensive, professional
The concept of shared kitchen provides relatively inexpensive space and overhead (rent and utility) because costs are divided among users. An incubator adds the element of technical assistance (a little hand holding through the process) to the shared kitchen experience.
Equipment for a basic commercial kitchen costs at least $ 150,000 and depending on the area, hourly rents fluctuate between $ 17.50 and $ 25.00 per hour.
Making a product, be it grandmother’s cookie recipe or a killer salsa, is the easy part. Learning the legal, product-development or marketing elements of the business is tough. No matter how great a product might be, if no one knows about it or if it’s hard to find, chances for success are zilch. Culinary or kitchen incubators offer reasonable options that include supplemental education that help entrepreneurs strengthen their business plans to navigate the intricacies of distribution and comply with regulatory procedures. A crucial component for “food entrepreneurs” is the ability to discover, at an early stage, if they have what it takes to get into the food business. Discovering that option, early on, saves potential “food entrepreneurs” money, headaches, heartaches and overall frustrations.
In the Community Caring Center of Greater Boynton Beach, Inc., d/b/a The Secret Garden Café, a Culinary Incubator Program’s commercial kitchen, one finds caterers, personal chefs, bakers, street vendors, cake decorators and producers of specialty food items such as condiments and candies. Kitchen space is shared and scheduled to accommodate individual needs. The fee-based system recognizes that entrepreneurs generate little or no income during the first five start-up years; therefore rental fees are lower than other commercial kitchens that may rent space to tenants on an hourly, daily or monthly basis. Tenants at The Community Caring Center sign a kitchen booking agreement that details the initial requirements to rent space, including providing copies of business license from both city and county, food management or handler certificates and food vendor license from either or both Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations or Department of Agriculture.
Chefs, bakers and caterers who prepare their food at the Community Caring Center of Greater Boynton Beach's culinary incubator, can sell their creations at the Secret Garden Café in the Cafe/Bakery/Deli Departments. The
cafe is perfect for High Teas, private dinner parties, wine pairing events, and
small groups needing a special meeting room. Sunday Brunch, (beginning
September 7, 2014) catered weddings and special events are also available. For questions or reservations, the café can
be reached at 561-752-8598. Secret Garden
Suzana Sagy Macario, SCORE Counselor
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