Spice Kitchen Incubator is a project of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), in partnership with Salt Lake County. It is a business incubator that brings together refugees and other disadvantaged community members interested in starting a full or part-time food business. Spice Kitchen Incubator ensures participants receive technical assistance and training, have affordable access to commercial kitchen space and learn the steps to establishing a successful food business.
Supporting the Pursuit of Innovative Culinary Entrepreneurs
The National Business Incubation Association defines a business incubator as a comprehensive assistance program targeted to help start-up and early-stage firms with the goal of improving their chances to grow into healthy, sustainable companies.
Entrepreneurs participating in the program develop successful food businesses, preserve their culinary traditions and share their talents with the Salt Lake County community.
The Salt Lake Tribune in December 2012 said of the SLC kitchen incubator program: “Incubator kitchen is not in Webster’s Dictionary. But if it were, it might use words like ‘fantastic foreign food’ to describe a program that seeks to teach refugees and others how to succeed in the restaurant business. Oh, and one more thing — it requires a commercial kitchen where trainees can hone their skills.”
With the personal investment of the property owners, the kitchen space will be centrally located with access to public transportation, leased long-term at an affordable rate and supported pro-bono by MJSA Architects. There will be a focus on building a community surrounding the kitchen incubator and a vision of making this a small business hub for restaurants and other vendors.