La Marqueta Kitchen Incubator Officially Launched!

Yesterday, Melissa joined Speaker Christine Quinn and others in celebrating the opening of the long-awaited commercial kitchen incubator.  Hot Bread Kitchen‘s HBK Incubates program will rent out space in the brand new commercial kitchen at La Marqueta to culinary entrepreneurs while also providing paid training in commercial baking and English as a second language courses to immigrant women.  La Marqueta has also welcomed a number of new vendors, selling everything from coffee and treats to fresh, locally-grown produce.

The incubator space includes two production kitchens, two prep kitchens, a chocolate kitchen, a specialty production space, and dough room, as well as dry and cold storage facilities. A demonstration kitchen for classes and other events is also available. The kitchens will be fully equipped and available on a part-time or full-time basis. Already, Hot Bread Kitchen has agreed to incubate 7 small businesses, with a second round of applications currently being accepted.  Subsidized rates are available for low-income food entrepreneurs.  More info on this space is available here.

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Staff at the kitchen will help entrepreneurs with: learning kitchen-use rules and regulations, product development, becoming certified food handlers, marketing products, completing a business plan and accessing capital.  We hope that local culinary entrepreneurs and other interested residents will seek to take advantage of the opportunities available through the HBK Incubates Program.  Click here for more information on membership and rental rates, and call 212-369-3331 to learn more.

“With today’s grand opening, we begin the long-awaited revitalization of La Marqueta, a historical and cultural landmark for the El Barrio/East Harlem community,” said Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito.  “The newly built commercial kitchen incubator will make affordable workspace available to culinary entrepreneurs, as immigrant women receive training and workforce development from Hot Bread Kitchen.  I strongly encourage my constituents to take advantage of these incredible resources.  This innovative incubator space, along with the brand new retailers that have moved in, will help La Marqueta to once again become an engine for economic activity in El Barrio/East Harlem.  I thank Speaker Christine Quinn for her leadership on this project, as well as the support of the Economic Development Corporation and all others who helped make this vision come to life.”

Please stop by the newly renovated La Marqueta to check out the commercial kitchen and all of the new vendors!

Here is some media coverage of yesterday’s grand opening:

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