Kindred Kitchen gets food entrepreneurs cooking in North Minneapolis
|On the boulevard of burgeoning dreams|
The idea for the Kitchen came about over a year ago, when the nonprofit Catalyst Community Partners put together a focus group of North Minneapolis residents to discuss what they wanted to see in their community. The overwhelming answer was a way for them to make their burgeoning food businesses, mostly being run out of their own kitchens, viable career options. They are referred to as the "hidden food entrepreneurs." With that, a unique idea and space was created.
A commercial kitchen space available for rent without a monthly lease obligation, open cafe area, and conference room space, where classes will begin in February are steeped with the excitement and enthusiasm of a great idea just beginning to take off. Ever wondered how to take your gourmet ideas to greatness? Kindred Kitchen has the answers right here.
|Food cookery toys|
To be able to sign the lease and use the space, an entrepreneur must first have a business license, liability insurance, and food manager certification. This is the part of the process where the giddiness that comes with a great idea can begin to dwindle in the face of practicality. And that's where Terese Hill comes in. Hill is the kitchen operation manager. With a degree in food nutrition and business from St. Catherine's, she is uniquely qualified for her position to assist people in getting their food business inspiration out of their dreams and onto main street.
"We have a woman from the Department of Agriculture that has been a wonderful resource. She will be coming in to teach a class on food labeling." The Kitchen also has a food scientist it found through General Mills to come in and discuss food safety, along with a marketing specialist to help entrepreneurs find their best advertising strategies. "It can be daunting."
Biweekly kitchen tours are the first step. Walking around the giant range, ovens, tilt skillet, it's hard not to want to just jump right in and get down to business. While it's not that simple, it is doable.
On Monday: How the program works.