Licensed Kitchen Directory & Resources

Looking for a licensed kitchen for your food business?

Kitchen Commons has heard a lot of interest and need for affordable licensed kitchen rental space. Eventually we hope to have our own dedicated commercial kitchen that can also be made available for business start-ups. Currently most of our partner Community Kitchens are unlicensed and can be used by private groups to make food for themselves, not production of food for sale. Occasionally these kitchens have received temporary restaurant licenses for one-time events, and some may be options for making items such as baked goods for sale.

To support people starting food businesses and in need of an affordable licensed kitchen to rent, we have partnered with Multnomah County Health to compile this list of kitchens and resources. Some kitchens may ask that you have liability insurance and your business license in place prior to renting, but if you are early in the process of starting your business, go ahead and reach out to learn more!

Are you affiliated with a kitchen that could be listed here? Register a Licensed Kitchen here. Are you aware of a kitchen that might be interested in being listed? E-mail info at kitchencommons.net. Please let us know if you do successfully secure kitchen space at one of these locations, or if you learn that information is inaccurate. We would be grateful for your support in making this directory as useful as possible.

Available Licensed Kitchens (Compiled Spring, 2016)

Name Address Contact Rates Website/info
Micro Mercantes
(The Portland Mercado)
7238 SE Foster Rd.
Portland, OR 97206
Caitlyn Burke
cburke @ haciendacdc.org
se habla español
$14.50/hour for qualifying businesses
$30/hour for 1 day rentals
http://www.micromercantes.com/ http://www.portlandmercado.org/
 Taborspace  5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215  madi @ taborspace.org  $20/ hr at 10+hours a week, $25 under 10. $25/ month dry storage. $10/month fridge shelf.  https://taborspace.org
 The Colony  7525 N Richmond St.
Portland, OR 97203
 (503) 206-7051
info @ thecolonystjohns.com
Contact for rates & availability http://www.thecolonystjohns.com/colony-kitchen/ 
 DASH Kitchen  5124 NE 42nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97218
info @ dashofpdx.com Contact for rates & availability  http://www.dashofpdx.com/
Sabor Color
(Adelante Mujeres)
2037 Douglas St.
Forest Grove, OR  97116
 Arturo Villaseñor
503-992-0078 x 211

se habla español
Contact for rates & availability  http://www.adelantemujeres.org/sabor-color/

 

Works in progress/may be available in the future:

Name Address Contact Info Website/info
 The Urban Grange at Zenger Farm 11741 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97266
503-282-4245
info @ zengerfarm.org
 Not currently licensed, may develop a program https://zengerfarm.org/
 Audio Cinema 226 SE Madison St.
Portland, OR 97214
503-467-4554
zach @ audiocinema.org
 Not currently renting; check back http://www.audiocinema.org
 Woodlawn United Methodist 1415 NE Dekum St.
Portland, OR 97211
Researching
 Leaven Community 5431 NE 20th Ave.
Portland, OR 97211
LaVeta Gilmore Jones
lavetagj @ gmail.com
 Not currently licensed but actively pursuing funding http://leavencommunity.org/
Bethel Lutheran 5658 N. Denver Ave.
Portland, OR 97217
Researching http://www.bethelpdx.org/

Resources

Food Business Resources

Hacienda CDC’s Micro Mercantes resource page has many helpful resources, including videos on how to find and rent a commercial kitchen and how to sell from a temporary food booth: http://www.micromercantes.com/resources/

Food Innovation Center: http://fic.oregonstate.edu/

PCC “Getting Your Recipe To Market” class: http://www.pcc.edu/climb/small-business/launching/recipe.html

Blog post from Little Pots & Pans with some advice on looking for a kitchen space:
http://littlepotsandpans.blogspot.com/2010/06/advice-for-renting-commercial-kitchen.html

Multnomah County:

Using a commercial kitchen how-to videos
English: https://multco.us/using-commercial-kitchen-english
Espanol: https://multco.us/using-commercial-kitchen-spanish

Temporary Food Events: https://multco.us/services/temporary-food-events
Food Handler’s Test: https://multco.us/health/food-handlers-test

General Small Business Start-up:

MercyCorpsNW: http://www.mercycorpsnw.org/
MicroMentor: http://www.micromentor.org/groups/view/104
Oregon Microenterprise Network: http://www.oregon-microbiz.org/
Oregon Association of Minority Entreprenuers: http://oame.org

Creating Opportunity through Micro-enterprise: Faith Kitchens as micro-business incubators

The Interfaith Food and Farms Partnership (IFFP), a project of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO), created a handbook that focused on using the assets of local congregations to build local food systems and increase access to “fresh, locally and culturally appropriate food by people with low incomes.”
http://www.emoregon.org/pdfs/IFFP/Micro-Enterprise_handbook_2011.pdf