About this project
Entrepreneurs in the food industry are a very unique species.They are the ultimate combination of craft, skill, and pure artistry. If you are a Chef that spends your days dreaming of making your mark on the food industry, we are creating the place where you belong. Too many of these aspirations are hampered by the debilitating overhead costs and risks of signing a lease on a licensed commercial kitchen and storefront to represent your brand.
Pittsburgh Public Market, founded by Neighbors in the Strip, is a non profit organization that is focused on the development of the dreams of small businesses, local artisans, and the farming community in the Pittsburgh area. We are working toward the missing piece of the puzzle; developing a shared use, fully licensed commercial kitchen in the Market. The Market Kitchen will be a place where culinary dreams can become a reality. What if you could rent a space to produce and sell your product, but significantly reduce your risk? What if you had a home base, a community of like-minded souls to conspire with? What if you had the opportunity to start and grow your business at your own pace? What if you could spend your days doing instead of dreaming?
With brand new, top quality equipment, onsite cold and dry storage, and loading dock access, The Market Kitchen will be the dream kitchen needed to give food entrepreneurs a head start. Our top notch equipment and appliances (including walk in coolers, combi and convection ovens, tilt skillet, 60 gallon kettle, proofer, mixers, etc.) have already been purchased and are standing by, ready to install. Now all we need is the last bit of construction money to finish the space to house these beauties and get cooking! Pittsburgh Public Market and Neighbors in the Strip have spent years planning every aspect of just such a space but have come up just short of seeing our plans come to fruition. We are asking for your help in raising the last $10,000 needed to break ground on our missing puzzle piece.
With heartfelt thanks to the Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation, the Allegheny County Development Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Community Services, we have secured approximately $600,000 in funding toward this project already. We have eager entrepreneurs chomping at the bit to take their rightful place in our kitchen. Pittsburgh Public Market is eagerly awaiting the chance to expand the market with their local, yummy fare. You can imagine our frustration, when all is said and done, being so close to our goal. Please help us finish The Market Kitchen and become a part of this fantastic community of dreamers and doers!
Risks and challenges
At this point in our project, we feel that we have already addressed many risks or challenges presented to us, and overcome them. In May, 2013, we completed an intensive feasibility study on the subject of bringing a commercial kitchen into Pittsburgh Public Market. This study has been our guide through this journey. We have spent years studying dozens of other community kitchens' business models. We have already begun to market the kitchen to potential users, and have received overwhelming feedback and interest from Pittsburgh's culinary community. Our ambitious and talented Kitchen manager, Kelly James, is fully prepared to face any operational challenges that will arise.
We are more than ready to launch The Market Kitchen.
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