Chattanooga Kitchen is a well-equipped, licensed and inspected commercial kitchen facility available for shared use and dedicated to providing support to local food entrepreneurs. Located at the First Tennessee Pavilion/Finley Stadium complex, the facility soft-opened its doors earlier this week.
The certified kitchen offers an affordable solution for local food entrepreneurs and caterers, and can serve as commissary to the growing number of food truck chefs in our community. Chattanooga Kitchen is comprised of high quality common-use cooking areas, refrigeration, dry storage areas, along with a wide range of commercial-grade kitchen equipment.
“The seed for Chattanooga Kitchen was at first planted by Chris Thomas, Executive Director of Public Markets, Inc.,” says Paul Smith, Finley Stadium’s Executive Director. “We wanted to create something that would last. We’re hoping that Chattanooga Kitchen will bring out those intelligent, talented people in the community who want to make their dreams come true by following an idea and seeing if they can create their own business.”
Chattanooga Kitchen has been funded by Benwood Foundation and is being operated by Public Markets, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The common goal is for the certified, shared kitchen to play a major role in the community. Public Markets Special Projects Manager Katie Pagnani says the organization is excited about the new venture “because of our commitment to providing entrepreneurs a low-cost environment to start, grow, and expand their business. Our other program areas, including Chattanooga WorkSpace, have been successful based on this same operating model.”
Chattanooga Kitchen members have access to hourly rental of the facilities and the equipment. They are currently accepting new members and the facility is open 24/365. Additionally, Chattanooga Kitchen is available for use from local organizations and food producers who are interested in hosting workshops and cooking classes, a focus that is encouraged and essential to the community.