The Millstone Kitchen, a commercially-licensed kitchen space in the old Prices Fork elementary school, is now available for rent by the hour. Offering the freedom to explore new markets and customers without the risk of opening their own storefronts, food entrepreneurs can ready their product for sale or test new recipes. The Kitchen can also serve as a commissary space for local food trucks, offering prep and storage spaces as well as disposal services.

Additionally, Millstone Kitchen offers business support services and seeks to cultivate a supportive community of new entrepreneurs based at the Kitchen. Kitchen users will have access to professionals who can assist with business plan development, marketing, food safety regulations, and sourcing ingredients.

In 2020 the kitchen will be offering “From Scratch” a free series of six 3-hour classes held Thursday nights beginning January 23rd. The program is designed to provide new (and existing) foodpreneurs with everything they need to know to get their businesses up and running in just six weeks. Taught by a team of local experts, topics include Business Planning, Meeting Food Safety Requirements, Legal and Accounting, Marketing and Promotion, and Finances and Loans.

Millstone Kitchen has up to $20k to award new and existing foodpreneurs. Participants who complete the entire series can qualify for funding of kitchen application fees, business license fees, VDACS or VDH inspection fees, BPCS and ServSafe certification fees, and first year of liability insurance. Foodpreneurs who participate in the series AND submit a final business plan, can potentially win awards to cover additional start up and early operating expenses such as kitchen rental fees and inventory costs.

For more information contact Jessica Schultz at: millstonekitchen@gmail.com

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