Coming november 2024
WHAT IS THE SHARED KITCHEN OPERATOR SUMMIT?
The Shared Kitchen Operator Summit, hosted by The Food Corridor, is a premier event crafted to empower and unite shared kitchen operators from across the nation. As Kitchens as a Service (KAAS) continue to revolutionize the food industry by catering to America's evolving preferences for healthy, fresh, local, and sustainable foods, this Summit serves as a pivotal gathering for learning and collaboration.
KAAS are not just commercial spaces; they're dynamic hubs that fuel local food systems, bolster community prosperity, and offer affordable opportunities for budding entrepreneurs and producers. These kitchens have become essential in achieving a myriad of community impact goals, ranging from job creation and workforce training to enhancing healthy food access and supporting local farming. They play a crucial role in neighborhood revitalization and even boosting tourism, all while fostering a more inclusive economy.
As part of the Network for Incubator and Commissary Kitchens (NICK) – the world's largest KAAS network and moderated by The Food Corridor – this summit is more than just an event. It's a chance to be at the forefront of the shared kitchen movement, engaging with a community dedicated to driving efficiency, growth, and innovation in local food sectors. Attendees will have the opportunity to delve into a wealth of knowledge, share best practices, and gain access to invaluable data and technical assistance to not only sustain but also expand their kitchen operations.
Join us at the Shared Kitchen Operator Summit to be part of a collective force shaping the future of the food industry through shared-use kitchens. Together, we can overcome the challenges faced by entrepreneurs with limited resources and pave the way for a thriving, sustainable food economy.
who is this for?
Food Incubator Administrators
Commissary Kitchen Operators
Industry Service Providers
a look back
"Dynamic and engaging-- not your usual conference!"
"Good conversation with great people."
"Honest discussion about challenges, sharing of ideas, range of models represented among speakers and in the audience."
"I loved meeting all the other great folks working in the shared kitchen / incubator space!"
"There was such a variety of views, concepts, and experience. I felt I could find an answer to any question if I found the right person. Everyone was so open and honest, it created a very comfortable environment for sharing. It was also great to be in a room where I didn't have to explain what a food incubator is."
"This was such an incredible learning experience and I am so proud to be part of it."
"This was so valuable to me. The opportunity to hear what others are doing and how their businesses are run was eye-opening. There were so many variations of my small business model that I was not aware of. It inspired me to level up my game!"
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPEAKER THIS YEAR?
It takes just 5 minutes to apply. We want to know what knowledge you have to share in the world of shared use kitchens, food incubation, and/or food service.
TOPICS WE'RE LOOKING FOR:
Lessons learned in building out kitchens
Food safety: compliance, audits, plans, staff training
Helping food businesses scale
Operating a kitchen 101 & 201
Best practices for rural kitchens
Macro trends in the industry
Strategies for working with underserved populations
Programming & incubation curriculum
Regulatory landscape: laws & certifications
Working with delivery services/ghost kitchens
Access to funding/financing for kitchens
Facilitating distribution and co-packing
Growing into 2nd locations, finding tenants, marketing
Kitchen pivots and impacts of COVID
Innovative approaches, solutions, and programs