A kitchen in every burb!

Feb
26

Ask a social entrepreneur in Toronto's food scene about food or biz prep and you'll inevitably hear about a need for kitchen space.

It's the most oft heard request we get.

So we worked with Housing Services Corporation to create this map of commercial kitchens on offer in the City. Folks have been really happy about it, but I don't think we're totally satisified.

We need more rentable commercial kitchens on offer in this town. We need them for new entrepreneurs working to make sustainable and ethical products, for pop-up vendors to bring diverse foosd to the street, for Canadian newcomers to scale-up and legitimize new businesses. More kitchens would support more economic opportunities.

Some are being offered quietly by churches and restaurant owners, but aren't in a place to be doing it widely. Others might exist which we haven't found yet (please let us know!)

Our research and that of others has found this strong need, but a lack kitchens that are either certified or rented for business purposes - though good kitchens exist. The need may be highest in the inner suburbs, where many community-based catering and related food businesses exist, but kitchens on our map.

Business activity isn't always looked at as an end goal of the food movement or non-profit agencies. But it should be seen as a social and economic driver. 

Entrepreneurs may start stepping up to the plate to rent kitchens and create hubs, perhaps downtown... but with the number of community and health centres, housing, and other agencies that already have kitchens throughout the inner burbs, maybe some of them can start filling this need. As do most things, it may require some commitment, money, and time.

Food actionists are just that. So let's see what we can do.

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