Co-working spaces are hardly big news nowadays, but a culinary co-working ‘incubator’? That got us intrigued. Opening August 29, Forage Kitchen will offer a fully equipped cooking facility, as well as business assistance, office space, bookkeeping help and recipe workshops for foodie entrepreneurs, up-and-coming local chefs, small culinary businesses and even budding home cooks who want to experiment and learn new techniques. Membership prices will vary, from a Sunday-only slot for $99 a month to a 100 kitchen hours package for $2500 a month.
In the words of the founders, Iso Rabins and Matt Johansen, on their new Uptown Oakland venture, Forage Kitchen, “Our mission is to expand the local food economy by supporting its producers…With workspace, business support, and connection to local farmers, we make the business of starting a business just a little bit easier.”
And the two definitely know a thing or two about starting a new business—Rabins is the founder of forageSF, The Wild Kitchen, and The Underground Market and Johansen is one of the founders of Hayes Valley’s Biergarten, and prior to that, an owner of a construction firm that co-founded the public charity, The Glowworms Education Foundation.
In addition to educating and working with the chefs community, Forage Kitchen will also include a cafe, open to the public and serving the creations of rotating members. A series of community-focused events is also in the works, including plans for Oakland’s First Fridays parties, movie nights and a market to help vendors market their products. And with that, Oakland’s foodie rep documents another victory!
To check the space out for yourself, visit the open house on Sunday, August 14th, 4-7PM. Free with RSVP.
478 25th St. Oakland