If you’ve ever visited Cape Cod, you know that you can find some of the best eateries in all of Massachusetts. To add to that clout, local food makers have big plans in the works to help young food entrepreneurs make their dreams come true.
According to the Cape Cod Times, development of a Cape Cod Culinary Incubator is in the works. A culinary incubator is a non-profit commercial kitchen where chefs and other food professionals can test ideas and meet people with the same like-mindedness. “Food touches 28 percent of the business here on the Cape,” said Zak Fagiano, who co-owns Wellfleet Sea Salt Company. “I know quite a few younger people with ideas for food-based businesses, but they can’t get going because they can’t find a commercial kitchen.”
The idea has been on the minds of many for two years, and now is finally getting the momentum it needs. There is already a board of directors in place, and a growing committee who is looking for the ideal location. Funding will likely come from state and federal grants, as well as private donations.
Currently, there are 17 culinary incubators in the state, but none in the Cape. The team that is leading the way on this project hopes that having a shared kitchen will keep the people of Cape Cod motivated, educated and mentored on all-things food and business related. “We need a permanent brick and mortar structure where people can build their product and have access at all hours of the day,” Fagiano said. “There’s a consulting aspect, too, that needs to be developed. I’d like to be able to pass on all the lessons I learned the hard way.”
You can read more about the Cape Cod Culinary Incubator over at the Cape Cod Times.