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Shared kitchen
operator Summit
Coming november 2024

 

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WHAT IS THE SHARED KITCHEN OPERATOR SUMMIT?

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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?

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Food Incubator Administrators
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Commissary Kitchen Operators
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Industry Service Providers

a look back

Testimonials

"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!"

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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

  • Leveraging partnerships

  • Facilitating distribution and co-packing

  • Growing into 2nd locations, finding tenants, marketing

  • Kitchen pivots and impacts of COVID

  • Innovative approaches, solutions, and programs

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Special Thanks to our 2021 Equity & Inclusion Sponsors

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Their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in food entrepreneurship and incubation has made it possible to underwrite Summit scholarships for nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs who are committed to supporting underserved entrepreneurs in their communities.

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