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We’re building a rentable commercial kitchen space, and we need your help!
180 backers pledged CA$ 35,240 to help bring this project to life.

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Addressing Toronto’s Lack of Rentable Kitchens

When we first started Manning Canning, we were surprised at how difficult it was to rent kitchen time.

In a city with a food scene like ours, why is availability so limited? There are a number of reasons, but first and foremost these facilities are really expensive. A regulation hood for a standard professional kitchen can easily cost $30,000, for example. This makes it out of reach for most new food businesses. And when you can get time in existing kitchens, it is usually in 'off-peak' hours. So we’re creating a commercial kitchen that offers well-equipped, purpose-built kitchen and storage spaces to food producers who need it. The facility will also allow Manning Canning to grow!

Manning Canning Kitchens

The space will have two separate kitchens. One will be general purpose with a ten-burner stove, convection oven, deep fryer, salamander, industrial dish washer, ice maker and small wares. It will be available 24/7 with plenty of prep space.

The second kitchen will be for Manning Canning; with a tilt skillet and two steam kettles, available for rent when not in use by Manning Canning. Perfect for sauces and soups.

We will also offer both cold, dry and frozen storage for rental on a monthly basis.

Location, Location, Location! 

This is where it gets exciting…we’ve already got the space! We believe in this project so when the ideal location came up, we had to grab it. We’re leasing space on Vanderhoof Avenue in Leaside. It ticked a lot of boxes for us, including being centrally located, accessible, as well as having ample parking space and a loading dock. No more lugging supplies up and down stairs. The Manning Canning crew is pretty excited about that! 

How Will Your Donation be Used?

How will my donation be used? The money we raise will be used for the purchase and installation of the required equipment. The more money we raise, the better equipped the facility will be!

 

When is This Going to Happen?

We’ll be in the space by October and construction starts from there. Rentals will be available on a limited basis from mid-October and we’re confident we will be fully operational by December 2014.

The Best Kickstarter Perk Ever

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That’s right, for a donation of $8000 or more (we're hoping for $10,000 as the video shows), you’ll get Christine’s prize possession, a red 1966 MG Midget convertible!How’s that for commitment? Bombing around town in this stylish barouche, you’re bound to turn some heads and have fun doing it, all for a great cause. (contact us for full specs and details)

Risks and challenges

We are fully confident that this project will be successfully completed, so much so that we secured the space ahead of our fundraising efforts. That said, we’re realists, and we’re aware of the challenges and risks.

Permits and Construction

Getting the right permits and planning permission can be the downfall of any new business project. Our advantage is that the leased space currently holds the required permits, so we know that the infrastructure is sound and should meet requirements.

For new equipment and construction we are already working with city inspectors, the landlord and contractors who have given us great input to ensure we get this built to code in the shortest possible time.

Equipping the Space

Toronto has a wide range of small food producers, from caterers to bakers, all of whom require access to specific (and costly!) equipment. We want a space that works for as many people as possible, so the more money we raise, the more solid the space. That said, our funding goal was calculated to ensure that we can provide the necessary equipment for our users.

Revenue Targets

We - and most of the dozens of industry veterans and experts we spoke with – are convinced that Toronto needs a commercial kitchen. But what if demand for rental is limited? We don’t think this is a risk.

There are hundreds of caterers, dozens of food trucks and countless aspiring food-producers in the city. Using our own network, as well as social media, content marketing and online advertising campaigns, we are confident we can get the word out and meet our revenue targets in short order.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About US$ 8

    STARTER: Every little bit helps! For your contribution we'll list you on the Manning Canning web site funding page and send you a thank you from the very bottom of our hearts

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    FOOD FRIEND: Remember, we couldn't do this without you! You will receive a Manning Canning pin and your name will appear on the Manning Canning funding page.

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    HALL OF FAMER: We want your contribution to be a permanent part of our kitchen, so your name will be inscribed on the funding wall in the Manning Canning kitchen

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    DESIGNER LABEL: We want everyone to know you helped make our dream come true. Your name will appear on our custom designed 'Funded by' stickers, which will get placed on a batch of preserves (up to 120 jars). But it doesn't stop there - you will also get a Manning Canning pin and your name will be inscribed on the funding wall in the Manning Canning kitchen

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    Pledge CA$ 150 or more About US$ 113

    Two tickets to a hands-on fermenting workshop with Dana and Joel from Well Preserved in the very space you helped fund. The workshop will teach you how to ferment 3 easy recipes that require no special equipment. You’ll learn about the science of fermentation and learn how simple it is to make things like kraut, pickles, hard cider and more. Participants will leave with a grab bag which includes a poster, samples of the recipes that they’ve made, and some small equipment that will make fermenting even more fun and easy for you. Fermentation class with be on one of these 3 dates - so please ensure you are available Wed, Feb 11, 18 or 25th.

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    FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY: Are you a small business that needs their amazing food creations photographed? Want action shots of you and your team in the kitchen or need your product photographed? Peter Visima; photographer and food friend will spend 2 hours capturing your work and high res photographs will be provided. Also included in this reward is 4 free hours of kitchen time (can be used for prep and photography).

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    FOOD PRODUCER: Are you someone who makes their own great product and needs access to a commercial kitchen? Get 8 hours of kitchen time in the new facility and your name will be inscribed on the funding wall in the Manning Canning kitchen

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    FOOD RELAXATION: Even foodies need to take time to relax and relax you will with this hour long couples massage at Avanti Massage Therapy. And what taste's better after relaxing than a jar of Manning Canning Raspberry Chocolate Jam. Well you'll get two so pace yourself. Not only will you get this great relaxation experience but your name will be inscribed on the funding wall in the Manning Canning kitchen.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,800 or more About US$ 1,351

    CULINARY NUTRITION LOVER: Ready to take your love of food to the next level? You'll receive a spot in the Fall 2015 edition of the online Honourary Culinary Nutrition Expert Program at the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, as well as 8 hours of kitchen time in the new facility. Learn more about the Academy of Culinary Nutrition here: http://bit.ly/1tVYazK

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    Pledge CA$ 8,000 or more About US$ 6,007

    EPICURIAN: It's not enough to like good food, you want to look good. Well no one will look better than you when you are driving your cherry red 1966 MG Midget convertible. Look like a million bucks as you go from the farmer’s market to the artisanal cheese shop /run your (foodie) errands!

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    Pledge CA$ 35 or more About US$ 26

    FOOD GROWER: Your vegetable garden will love you when you start growing healthy organic produce using organic, rare and heirloom seeds from Cubits Seed Co. Get a 6 pack of randomly selected seeds and your name will appear on the Manning Canning funding page.

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    AWARD WINNER: Our preserves have won a few awards and we think your contribution makes you award worthy too. You’ll receive a 250ml jar of one of award winning preserves, a Manning Canning pin, and your name will appear on the Manning Canning funding page.

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    ICE POPPER: Who doesn't love local hand-crafted yummy popsicles? For your contribution you will receive 12 of the tastiest ice pops around from Augie's Ice Pops (retail value $30), a Manning Canning pin, and your name will appear on the Manning Canning funding page. Pick up only.

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    LOCAL FOOD LOVER: Do you love giving food as a gift? Logan & Finley (http://loganandfinley.com) can help make this possible with this prepared custom gift package featuring local food and food lover items. In consultation with you, the experts at Logan & Finley will create a gift basket perfectly suited for your gift giving needs (or even just for you!) Retail value $100.00

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    HOME CHEF: Love cooking and want to rock a custom designed apron? Local artist Leanne Davies and screenprinter Kim Latreille have partnered to create custom aprons for this reward. Don't delay, quantities are limited. But's it's not just the apron, you will also have your name inscribed on the funding wall in the Manning Canning kitchen

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    FOOD LOVER: If you love food, then this is the reward for you. The local food community has banded together to create a pledge that will make your mouth water. It includes Foodiesonfoot streetcar food tour, cooking workshop at The Depanneur, $20 free shipping on Foodiepages.ca, No 7 hot sauce, Tiffinday Curry, Bao Smoothie, Alchemy Pickle, Major Craig's Chutney, Brian's honey and jar of Manning Canning

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About US$ 751

    FOOD STAR: Have you always wanted to have something named after you? Well now is your chance. We will name a preserve after you that will remain in production throughout 2015. See it at farmer's markets, food shows and possibly even in stores.

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    CATERED PARTY: Chef Cheryl Torrance, chef at Roast Fine Foods will provide appetizers created from local produce for up to 10 people. She will create the menu based on your needs, show up at your house and cater your event. Not only will you get this great food experience but your name will be inscribed on the funding wall in the Manning Canning kitchen.

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Funding period

- (35 days)