Making Small Food Business Dreams a Reality

By Lisa Morgan

It’s finally here! The Ribbon Cutting and official opening of ShareKitchen in Cathedral City is taking place this Thursday, October 4th at 5pm with reception to follow.  This non-profit, entrepreneurial dream vehicle has already begun booking kitchen rentals and guest chefs for the debut.  If you haven’t been privy to the loudest buzz around town, especially in culinary circles, let me fill you in.  ShareKitchen is designed to help those with a culinary dream fulfill their destiny.  Do you have a product such as jams, salsa, or even cupcakes that you know would sell if you only knew where to start?  Do you want to cook for catering events but don’t have a large enough kitchen facility? Have you thought and dreamt about starting your own restaurant but don’t know how to get started or how to test out your ideas and recipes?  Well ShareKitchen is designed to help you find your way to making your ideas and dreams a reality.

A non-profit community center with a licensed and insured commercial kitchen for rent and small business development program offers street fair vendors, market participants, caterers, aspiring restaurateurs and product developers a place to call home. Share kitchen has an industry specific board of advisors to help guide client members through the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of opening and sustaining successful food related businesses.  ShareKitchen will be launching a series of workshops in collaboration with the Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center beginning with “How to get Money for Your Small Food Business”.  Special guest chef appearances, client member showcases and community workshops such as “How to Grow a Small Container Garden”, will also be scheduled throughout the year.  More than anything, the developers of ShareKitchen want to give people an opportunity with just a little help and guidance to make their culinary ventures a success.

Take a tour of the valley’s exclusive culinary community center at ShareKitchen, Cathedral City during their ribbon cutting reception on Thursday, October 4th at 5:00 pm followed by a reception where you can sample products prepared by Dash and A Handful Catering, The Cookie Boutique, No Ka ’Oi Ginger Sauce and this season’s freshest farmer’s market produce.  ShareKitchen is located at 68-805 E. Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City next door to Angel View Thrift Store.  For more information on how to grow your own small food business or to volunteer, visit  www.sharekitchen.org or call (760) 459-4259.

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