FPC Quarterly Forum: City Kitchens: Dreaming up, building out and sharing the spaces that grow our local food entrepreneurs

May 21, 2013 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Great Lakes Brewery Tasting Room
2516 Market Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113

Are you a current or aspiring "community kitchen crusader?"

Join us as we partner with Ohio City Incorporated for the upcoming forum, City Kitchens: Dreaming up, building out and sharing the spaces that grow our local food entrepreneurs, on May 21st at 5:30pm in the Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Tasting Room.

Commercially licensed and affordable kitchen space is a great need among Cleveland community members and food businesses.  During Mayor Jackson’s first Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit, a community kitchen working group began to conceptualize plans to bring a shared commercial kitchen facility to Cleveland.  Ohio City Incorporated became involved due to the high concentration of existing food businesses in the neighborhood and aligned kitchen plans with the Ohio City Fresh Food Collaborative Initiative which includes the Ohio City Farm and Farmstand. Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition and The Ohio State University Extension have worked with community partners like Ohio City Inc. throughout this process in their efforts to create new opportunities for entrepreneurs in the local food economy.


At this event we will share what we’ve learned through our research and engagement and discuss existing kitchen projects that will continue this cause of increasing access to licensed and affordable kitchen space in Cleveland.




5:30 – Registration


6:00 – Moderator introductions - Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability, City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability 


6:10 – Panel member presentations

Cleveland Crops Kitchen - Rich Hoban

Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen - Carolyn Premier

CornUcopia Place and Bridgeport Café - Joy Johnson

Hildebrandt Food Truck Commissary - Bill Hildebrandt  

6:40 – Q&A


7:00 – Networking


8:00 - Adjourn

Registration for this event is required. Please register here by May 17th at 5PM!



Cleveland Crops Stanard Farm & Innovation Kitchen, Cleveland, OH: The Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Solutions At Work (SAW) Inc. aim to provide quality work opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities.  Farming and food processing represent a new source of employment opportunities. 

Currently under construction, the Agriculture Education Center at Standard Farm will house a 3,500-4,000 square foot processing center as well as the county offices and classroom space for the Ohio State University Extension – Cuyahoga County (OSUE). Cleveland Crops will employ an experienced and full certified Food Processing Facility Manager and other staff to ensure compliance with all food industry regulations.  This facility will offer a significant variety of processing equipment.  Beginning in 2013 Cleveland Crops will develop a larger-scale commercial kitchen and food processing facility with 10,000 square feet on the west side of Cleveland and will also aim to serve the needs of the local food business community.

Visit their website here.


Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen, 2800 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Culinary Launch & Kitchen seeks to be a launch pad for food businesses.  The 3,600 square foot facility is set up for multiple users including caterers, bakers, food truck operators, and small-scale processors, and includes cold, frozen and dry storage.  Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), Hospitality Sales & Marketing, and community partners will provide a suite of technical assistance resources and business support services for food entrepreneurs.  

Visit their website here.


Hildebrandt Provisions Company & Food Truck Commissary, 3619 Walton Ave, Cleveland, OH: Hildebrandt Co. has a rich history in the region.  They began as a family owned meat processing firm back in the late 1800’s and continued through the 1970’s.  They currently serve as a hub for local artists and food entrepreneurs, including Wake Robin Foods a fermented vegetables business and Fired Up Taco Truck.  Hildebrandt Co. offer rental space with flexible square footage, high ceilings and plenty of storage.  They also feature secure indoor and outdoor parking for food trucks with electric hook-up.  

Visit their website here


Bridgeport Café & CornUcopia Community Kitchen, 7201 Kinsman Rd, Cleveland, OH: This facility is currently in operation and includes a kitchen and community room providing nutrition education and cooking demonstrations. This facility aims to provide better connections and opportunities for low-income residents to have access and education about healthy food options.  Located in the Urban Agriculture Innovation zone CornUcopia Community Kitchen also provides cold storage and wash and preparation areas for neighboring urban farmers.  

Visit their website here.



 Ohio City is conveniently accessible on the RTA Red Line (West 25th Street Station) and located along many bus lines including the 20, 21, 22, 35, 45, 79, and 81. Please visit www.riderta.com for schedules and fares.


Multiple bike rack locations are available throughout the Market District.


For vehicle parking, use Lots B and C identified on MAP or ample on-street parking surround the Tasting Room.  DO NOT park at Dave’s Supermarket or you will get towed.


Please feel free to call 216-429-8200 x212.




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