The Kitchen

If we could give 10 stars we would. We had an amazing experience and recommend the WRFH to anyone who is thinking about starting a food business. Neil and Shon were professional, knowledgeable, and approachable. We knew we were in good hands which is so important when you’re starting a new venture. The facilities, staff, and process are clean and well appointed. We couldn’t be happier with our choice. Thank you Neil and Shon and everyone at the WRFH!
– Theodore Stefan of Today’s Special, Inc.

The Worcester Regional Food Hub Kitchen provides a variety of services for start-up and existing food entrepreneurs, including hourly kitchen rentals, technical assistance, workshops, and support.

IMG_5589Farmers, bakers, caterers, producers of packaged and bottled goods, and other food entrepreneurs receive friendly, practical advice and services to help them start or grow their businesses at their own pace.

Housed at the Worcester County Food Bank in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, the Kitchen can be rented by the hour at an affordable rate.  The Kitchen is managed by one of Worcester’s leading chefs, who will meet with every prospective member to understand their goals and help them gather the resources they need to succeed.

peg1In addition to the kitchen facilities, the Food Hub provides tailored services supporting both business and culinary development.  We offer training, workshops, and referrals to business development experts, marketing resources, and financial sources.

IMG_5552The Food Hub is a collaborative environment for producing new products and growing a business.  When members join, they become part of a growing community of food entrepreneurs.  In addition to meeting other Food Hub members, they will be part of the broader Worcester area food community.  Members also have the ability to source local ingredients from the Food Hub’s farmers.

The Food Hub kitchen has yielded products ranging from local jellies and pickles to organic granola, baked confections, and culturally specific foods. Program participants are local business-owners based in Central Massachusetts and range in entrepreneurial experience from 0-5 years. Most tenants are currently selling direct to customers with the goal of reaching wholesale markets within the coming year.

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Shon Rainford at srainford@feedingamerica.org.