Purdue Extension is taking four trips this spring to engage a network of kitchen managers in Indiana and the Midwest. These trips offer the opportunity to learn from shared-use kitchen owners and managers in our region. Every shared-use commercial kitchen is different, and viewing several existing kitchens can be instrumental to developing your ideas or creating your network of kitchen managers.
Each trip will include:
- Tour and Q&A from each shared-kitchen host
- Variety of shared-kitchen models and types of clients
- Time for networking at the kitchen location
- Time for networking on the bus
- Please bring: extra spending money, your collaborators, questions, stories and ideas. Be ready to share, as it is our hope that you will connect with others on these trips.
Cost per trip is $25 and includes transportation, lunch, snacks and water. Register Online! www.conf.purdue.edu/kitchentours
Illinois Trip: Gary, IN - River Forest, IL - Highland Park, IL
Trip begins and ends at our first destination in Gary — 9:00 am - 5:00 pm CST — March 30, 2017
ArtHouse – Gary, IN – 2,200 sq. ft. urban kitchen housed in a facility that hosts community-building events and includes an art gallery/exhibition space.
River Forest Kitchen – River Forest, IL – 600 sq. ft. suburban kitchen with an outdoor greenhouse and garden. Offers food business consultation services, indoor and outdoor event space, and kids’ camps.
ETA’s Commercial Kitchen Rental – Highland Park, IL – 1,400 sq. ft. urban kitchen that provides essential kitchen basics for food entrepreneurs.
Michigan Trip: Fort Wayne, IN - Ann Arbor, MI - Flint, MI
Trip begins and ends at our first destination in Fort Wayne — 9:00 am - 9:00 pm EST — April 11, 2017
Bring cash to purchase dinner from the Flint Farmers’ Market
CookSpring – Fort Wayne, IN – 2400 sq. ft. urban kitchen located at The Summit, “a shared campus of socially-minded organizations working together to make the community thrive.”
Washtenaw Food Hub – Ann Arbor, MI – Rural food hub that houses a bakery kitchen and a commissary kitchen. A farm market and agricultural education event space are currently being added to the building.
Flint Food Works – Flint, MI – Urban kitchen co-located with the Flint Farmers’ Market, an indoor market facility that operates with 50+ vendors year round.
Ohio Trip: Muncie, IN - Zanesville, OH - Columbus, OH
Trip begins and ends at our first destination in Muncie — 9:00 am - 9:00 pm EST — April 12, 2017
MadJax – Muncie, IN – A City of Muncie project that is converting a city block into a center for innovation and entrepreneurship and will include a commercial kitchen rental.
Foodworks Alliance – Zanesville, OH – Rural food hub that houses a shared kitchen and offers a variety of resources including ingredient sourcing, packaging services, and business development assistance.
The Food Fort – Columbus, OH – Urban kitchen located within a USDA-identified food desert. The Food Fort is part of the Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI), a non-profit committed to the success of small businesses across Ohio
Kentucky Trip: Indianapolis, IN - Madison, IN - Louisville, KY
Trip begins and ends at our first destination in Indianapolis — 9:00 am - 8:00 pm EST — Friday 28 April 2017
Indy’s Kitchen – Indianapolis, IN – Urban kitchen equipped for catering and pastry preparation.
Incubator Kitchen Collective — Newport, KY — Collective of three kitchens
that foster a strong sense of community by hosting public events and
connecting renters with local resources. We will be visiting one of the three locations."
Chef Space – Louisville, KY – 11,000 sq. ft. kitchen space offering multiple specialized kitchens for hot, cold, and pastry prep.