Incubators for Entrepeneurs _ Institute of Culinary Education

Incubators for Entrepeneurs _ Institute of Culinary Education

Incubators for Entrepeneurs

This month, our Business Bites Resources — brought to you by ICC’s Food Business Fundamentals program — provides tips for food businesses looking for shared kitchen spaces in the wake of the sudden closing of Pilotworks earlier this month. Out of nowhere, 175 small businesses were displaced “after failing to raise the necessary capital to continue operations.”


October 25, 2018 by International Culinary Center Specialty food businesses are becoming more prevalent than ever before in today’s fast-paced retail sales market. In 2014, in the US alone, specialty food businesses were worth over $85 billion dollars. This billion-dollar industry didn’t just appear out of nowhere — it came from hardworking, determined individuals who had a dream and a concept that they’ve developed into a viable food business, as many of our students have done through the program.

More often than not, these food business concepts started in shared kitchens and incubators around the country. Shared kitchens are the lifeline for small business entrepreneurs looking to turn their idea into a working business. They offer a commercialized kitchen space that follows federal food safety laws where innovators can create their products in a safe environment. Incubators on the other hand also help to develop the packaging, marketing, and selling of products, while still offering the shared kitchen component. Often, these incubators and shared kitchens are much more economical for small businesses that aren’t making enough money to rent out a whole commercial kitchen themselves.

Each incubator also tends to work a little differently. Our partner, Hot Bread Kitchen, allows new businesses on a rolling basis. Many incubators start new businesses in a group and only allow applicants a few times a year. The differences extend from there, including capital offered, applicants accepted, and training programs.

These incubators offer support and allow businesses to grow and flourish, which is why it was devastating to learn that Pilotworks abruptly closed their doors to 175 small businesses.

Our Food Business Fundamentals graduate and owner of Brutus Bakeshop, Lani Halliday, was one of the small businesses affected by the Pilotworks shut down. Halliday and her business partner, Woldy Reyes of food service company Woldy Kusina, were in the midst of planning Dominga, a cafe opening in 2019, when they were told about the news of the closing via an email. Lani, recipient of the Stacy’s Scholarship for Female Culinary Leaders, attended ICC’s program this fall on a full-tuition scholarship to formalize the business plan for Dominga.

Lani told us that “we aren’t sure what happened as it was so sudden and unexpected, but we are just trying to stay positive and use this as fire to launch Dominga.” She also shared that “it’s been beautiful to see the community coming together in such a short amount of time.” In an effort to reconcile all that they lost in the Pilotworks closing, our Food Business Fundamentals instructor, Alek Marfisi, started a GoFund Me to support Lani. Check out the fundraiser for Dominga here.

In support of the food business community at large, our Food Business Fundamentals program compiled a list of commercial kitchens, shared kitchen spaces and incubators in the NYC & Tri-State area that are available for businesses.


1590 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10029

Phone: 212-369-3331



City Cookhouse

1325 Fifth Avenue @ 111th Street

Manhattan, NY 10026

Phone: 646-580-1325



BROOKLYNHana Kitchens

34 35th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11232

Phone: 718-369-7594


NYC Commercial Kitchens

Phone: 516-698-7087



BRONXNYC Commercial Kitchens

Phone: 516-698-7087



QUEENSMi Kitchen es su Kitchen

36-46 37th Street

Long Island City NY 11101-1606

Phone: 212 452 1866



BAO Food and Drink Organic Food Incubator

23-23 Borden Avenue

Long Island City, NY 11101

Phone: 718-391-0009


Contact: Pete Herman

NYC Commercial Kitchens

Phone: 516-698-7087



Tiny Drumstick

48-18 Van Dam Street,

Long Island City NY. 11101

Phone: 718.392.9092



Entrepreneur Space

36-46 37th Street

Long Island City, NY 11101



Industry City

NEW JERSEYSaveur Creole

131 Grove Street

Montclair, NJ 07042

Phone: 973-687-5612;

Contact: Magalye M.

Jersey Girl Cafe – Madeline’s Table

Hamilton, NJ

Phone: 908-421-6434

Contact: Chef Kathy

Bella Casa

2 Acme Street

Belleville, NJ 07109

Phone: 973-985-1224

Contact: Peter Norton

Cherry Street Kitchen

1040 Pennsylvania Ave.

Trenton, NJ 08638

Phone: 609-695-5800

Contact: John

Hesperides Kitchens

150 Florence Avenue

Hawthorne, NJ 07506


Albert (845) 216-1696

Lisa (845) 216-1282

Jesse’s Cafe & Catering

139 Brighton Ave.

Long Branch, NJ 07740

Phone: 732-229-6999

Contact: Jesse Novak

Puccini Foods

1 Morris St,

Paterson, NJ

(973) 796-7677

Contact: Anthony Salvator

NY – OUTSIDE NYC AREABattenkill Kitchen

PO Box 784

58 E Broadway

Salem, NY 12865

President: Will Lennon

Phone: 518-854-3032


Cook & Bake Center

360 C Mount Pleasant Av

Mamaroneck, NY 10543

Phone: 914-698-3663



Hometown Foods, LLC

362 Eichybush Rd

Kinderhook, NY 12106

Owner: Anna Dawson

Phone: 518-758-7342


ABOUT BUSINESS BITESThe BUSINESS BITES, brought to you by the Food Business Fundamentals program at ICC, is a series of workshops, discussion panels, networking events and resources designed to support entrepreneurs in the food industry.

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