Memphis Kitchen Co-Op: Incubator for food entrepreneurs

Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 12:58 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis Kitchen Co-Op opened its doors in 2021 with a goal of enriching small food businesses and entrepreneurs in the Mid-South.

Co-owner Molly McCracken joined Action News 5′s Amanda Hanson at the digital desk to talk about their mission to nurture those looking to make their side hustle, their main source of income.

“We know how much these small food entrepreneurs need spaces like this,” McCracken explained. “So, we have opened up our kitchen. We have 60 tenants right now and growing. And this allows these small businesses to come in at an affordable rate to get started to kind of pursue their dream of having whatever business they want.”

The space is a 65-hundred-square foot licensed commercial kitchen. McCracken said it is a collaborative space for the chefs.

“That’s what we really wanted to build with this… a massive community atmosphere where people can talk to each other, get advice, and just help each other along the way not necessarily make the same mistakes,” she said.

They also collaborate with their menu items.

“We may have caterers where desserts are not their specialty or they don’t want to mess with dessert, so they might get with one of our dessert vendors so they can put their product with whatever meal presentation they’re doing,” McCracken explained.

Watch the full interview in the video player above.

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