After many months planning and piloting, we are officially ready to launch our boxed lunch delivery service to the public! This service follows a very specific model and, after many tests, we believe it works. Rather than organizing a catering for the entire office, we think that individuals should have the opportunity to enjoy a global lunch more regularly, delivered right to their desks!
As the air starts to warm up, Spice Kitchen entrepreneurs are finalizing menus and submitting applications to the numerous Salt Lake valley farmer's markets. We can guarantee that you'll see some familiar faces (and our bright orange logo) a bit more this market season!
The Spice Kitchen Incubator hosted the third annual Food Entrepreneur Round Table at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in Salt Lake City on February 23rd. It was a collaboration between Spice Kitchen, USU Extension, Microbusiness Connection Center, Women's Business Center of Utah, Suazo Business Center, Creminelli Fine Meats, and Salt Lake County. The event was offered to participants of Spice Kitchen Incubator as well as the general public.
The Spice Kitchen Retail & Events Specialist is a regular full-time position located here in Salt Lake City.
The Retail and Events Specialist will oversee Spice Kitchen Incubator’s retail, catering and events programming including coordination of the café and storefront and administration of caterings and special events for Spice Kitchen Incubator’s program participants. This position supports Spice Kitchen to liaise income-generating market opportunities for participants and strengthen their capacity as food business owners. This position reports to the Spice Kitchen Incubator Program Manager.
Spice Kitchen Incubator and the Microbusiness Connection Center are partnering to combine free tax services to entrepreneurs, including filing annual and quarterly business sales tax and annual income tax.
Spice Kitchen Incubator recently received a grant from eBay's Global Give program to support Spice to create an e-commerce platform, providing opportunities for customers to purchase a number of products online including Spice To Go meals, packaged and frozen products, and boxed lunches.
Join Spice Kitchen Incubator in the 2019 Food Entrepreneur Round Table conference. This is an opportunity to meet with and learn from food industry experts on topics relating to business start-up and scale-up.
Lunch and workshop materials are provided.
Location: Utah Cultural Celebration Center 1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City, UT 84119
Date/Time Information: February 23, 2019 9:30am - 4:30pm
This past summer, Spice Kitchen Incubator began a valuable partnership with Creminelli Fine Meats, a local artisan charcuterie business that elevates the way we think about meats and cheeses. It has been quite the journey so far with fieldtrips and workshops for entrepreneurs and staff members.
This year has been one for the books here at Spice Kitchen Incubator: we enrolled 15 new participants, graduated three businesses, began serving desserts at Spice To Go, moved our entire operation to a new kitchen space, and so much more! Much of this wouldn't have been possible without the support of our amazing community in the greater Salt Lake City area.
We are so excited to introduce our 10th cohort of aspiring food entrepreneurs! You can look forward to tasting new Syrian fusions, unique South Sudanese dishes, cakes and sweets from El Salvador and Central America, and healthy Iraqi meals delivered right to you!
In November, we gathered together for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City’s 3rd annual Breaking Bread. We enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by Spice Kitchen Incubator entrepreneurs. We sat at the family table, built new friendships, and worked to overcome cultural and language barriers to ensure everyone felt welcome. Thank you for joining us at Breaking Bread to celebrate in the spirit of Thanksgiving.
Spice Kitchen Incubator is excited to announce the transition to a larger commercial kitchen space, which will include a small café space offering hot meals throughout the week as well as a store front for packaged goods and prepared meals. With support from our community, we are looking forward to increasing our capacity to serve low to moderate income entrepreneurs, as well as increase the availability for the community to eat with us!
Spice Kitchen Incubator works with aspiring food entrepreneurs to establish and grow a business. The curriculum is intensive and typically takes between 6-8 months to complete. Technical assistance is tailored through these months to meet each entrepreneur's goals and provide a sturdy foundation for launching a new business.
Spice Kitchen is excited to collaborate with the Utah Film Center to screen Soufra, an inspiring story of social entrepreneur Mariam Shaar as she works alongside refugee women to launch a catering and food truck business in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp in Lebanon.
A panel discussion will follow, which includes The International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City's Executive Director Natalie El-Deiry. There will also be Soufra cookbooks available for sale.
Kali, our Kitchen and Events Coordinator, has shared her love of culinary culture with the Spice team and numerous entrepreneurs over the last three years. She has put in many overtime hours delivering food, setting up at farmer's markets, repairing the kitchen equipment, and learning with new food entrepreneurs.
Kali recently moved on to a new role outside of Spice Kitchen Incubator, and she is certainly going to be missed.
Welcoming Salt Lake is an annual celebration bringing together people and local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and the role community’s play to foster greater welcome for everyone.
Join us at Journey to the Wasatch, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City's annual fundraising party celebrating the journey hundreds of brave refugees undergo every year to make their home in Utah. Alongside fellow humanitarians, enjoy a spirited symbolic live auction, activities to #StandWithRefugees, and a variety of small bites catered by entrepreneurs from Spice Kitchen Incubator.
Spice Kitchen Incubator presents a Food Entrepreneur Round Table, Feb 17, 2018 at the Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City, Utah. Join Spice Kitchen community experts as they share their knowledge on best practices for small food businesses. Attendance is $10.
The Round Table will focus on operating and scaling up food businesses. Lunch will include a panel discussion on lessons learned through owning a food business. The session will end with an opportunity to ask questions and interact with food industry experts.
Whole Foods Market is partnering with Spice Kitchen Incubator on their community giving day (otherwise known as "5% Day") where five percent of that day's net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization.
Welcome The Newest Refugee-Owned Business to the Food Scene: Bhutan House
There is no denying that food connects us to one another. As we come up on the holiday season, you may begin to recognize that most celebrations across the globe include gathering around a spread of food (or in some cultural celebrations fasting). On Saturday, October 7th, 2017 The International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City (IRC)'s Spice Kitchen Incubator program will be celebrating a special journey and welcoming Bhutan House Restaurant to the local Salt Lake City food scene. Join us in support of this refugee-owned business and enjoy a lunch buffet, dinner, or drinks!
On Friday, October 14th, 2016 the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Spice Kitchen Incubator program, in partnership with Salt Lake County, will officially be welcoming Laan Na Thai Restaurant to the Salt Lake City local food scene. Join us as we gather to indulge in the tastes of Northern Thailand and experience this culture in the best way we know how – by eating!