CORNELL COOPERATIVE EXTENSION OF SULLIVAN COUNTY LAUNCHES THE E a T KITCHEN FOOD INCUBATOR IN LIBERTY NEW YORK
Incubators make it financially possible for a start-up food manufacturer to take advantage of available professional kitchen space while they grow their business. Most start-up food enterprises begin in a home kitchen. Once the final recipe is ready for the marketplace, business owners must legally manufacture their product from a professional, inspected kitchen. Here is where the E a T Kitchen at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Liberty NY enters to assist aspiring food entreprenuers. CCE Sullivan can offer long- or short-term professional kitchen leases at reasonable rates on a flexible time-share basis. Food entrepreneurs become “legal” by working in a professional space that can be inspected by insurance companies and the State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The E a T kitchen provides professional steam injection ovens, refrigerators, freezers, mixers, food processors, worktables and commercial vacuum packaging in a newly constructed teaching kitchen. In addition, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County can provide assistance in product development with the Northeast Food Venture Center at Cornell University in Geneva NY.
CCE can also assist in cooking and food handling classes, labeling and packaging requirements, licensing and certification questions and business planning, marketing and financing resources.