Create. Contribute. Prosper.

To create diverse, exciting, and prosperous communities, local businesses need to thrive and local entrepreneurs must bring their passion to our community. Enter Union Kitchen. Union Kitchen exists to grow and promote small businesses.

Our goal is to build an interconnected platform for small businesses by providing a low-cost, low-risk, full-service kitchen for local businesses to establish their operations, streamline their distribution, and drive growth at every stage of the entrepreneurial process.

But Union Kitchen isn’t just about the bottom line as far as dollars. The true bottom line is the world we wake up to each morning. Washington, D.C. is being developed. Development can be an opportunity for us, as locals, to put a stamp on our city or an opportunity for large-scale developers and others to take advantage of the soaring real estate market to make themselves a buck (or, more likely, a few million). Union Kitchen is one piece of our effort to sculpt the future of D.C. A future that is grown organically, from within, to promote our businesses, to create our own culture, and to establish the community that we want to be waking up to each morning.

Membership

Union Kitchen is a food incubator focused on growing food businesses by providing Members with the kitchen, catering opportunities, distribution services, access to partnered businesses, discounted vendors, marketing, and facility maintenance. At Union Kitchen, we seek people and businesses with great products, efficient processes, and resilient mentalities. Learn more about Membership benefits and some of our illustrious Alumni here

Meet the Members

Any Box
A Taste of Heaven
Apinya
The Athletic Kitchen
Baba's Pickles
Banana Love Muffins
BBQ Bus
Bear's Made
The Black Pug Smokehouse
Blind Dog Bakery
Blind Dog Cafe
Brainy Belly
Bright Greens
Broodjes & Bier
Cakelove
The Capital Candy Jar
Chaia
Chef Mikko Catering
Cherry Blossom Creative
CHIQS
'Chups
Ciao Chow
Common Good City Farm
Compass Coffee
Confexion Connexion
Confluence Coffee
Cucina Al Volo
Cup & Compass
DC Vegan
Dirty South Deli
District Cheese
District Juicery
Dress It Up Dressing
Eat Dream Be
Eco Caters
Element [Shrubs]
Embitterment
Emma's Bakeshop
Federal City Brothers
Glover's Pepper Sauce
Gnarley
Gouter
Green Hope Smoothie Co.
Growl Coffee
Half Sweet
Haute Saison Catering
Jerk Central
Julie's Datery
Langdon Wood
Little Wild Things
Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.
Milk Cult
Momme Meals
Montebello Kitchens
Motisola Chili
Nutrition Synergies
Payvand Cuisine
Pinch Dumplings
PinUp Preserves
Popcorn Queens
Pops by Haley
Potomac Pastry
QuickStep Catering
Ruby Scoops
Rupen's
Safi
The Shameless Chef
Singer's Significant Meats
Slender Seven
Smoking Kow BBQ
Spinning Plates
Spoil Me Rotten
Squeaky Pops
Surcee Confections
Sweet Farm Sauerkraut
Sweetdele's Sweet Treats
Sweet Pots
Swizzler
Timber Pizza Co.
Undone Chocolate
Village Teas
Wild Roots Apothecary
Xocolata
YoLi Trading Company
Zivot

Click here to learn more about membership. If you are interested in becoming a member please complete our application!

Distribution

Union Kitchen develops relationships with partners to bring our member’s products to market. We work with stores and markets to hold tastings to allow our members to pitch their products directly to buyers. We take it a step further by offering distribution services with some of our partners. We coordinate the sale and delivery of products to markets and stores making it much easier, efficient, and profitable for the sellers and the buyers. Send us a note if you want to partner with us to bring more great, local products to your shelves or markets.

 

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Catering

Our full-service catering team brings together offerings from Union Kitchen Members and enhances each event with our industry-leading attention to detail. Engagements include weddings, corporate events, galas, and concessions. Let us customize your event with options such as chef stations, buffets, seated gourmet meals, and full-service bars. Host your next event with us at Union Kitchen: Ivy City or at the location of your choice.

Interested in learning more about catering? 
Let’s get started!

Consulting

Union Kitchen has a proven track record of success starting and operating food incubators. We offer this institutional knowledge to other individuals, organizations, and government agencies, who, like us, believe in the power of small business and local production. By becoming a partner of Union Kitchen, you receive access to material tailored to your business and location. Regardless of where you are in the process of opening an incubator, we can help. Our custom training modules ensure your business launches efficiently and continues to grow and scale. We invite you to contact us today to find out more about how Union Kitchen can support you in achieving your goals.

Interested in learning more about our Consulting Services?
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In The News

In The News

Washingtonians (and one Chicagoan) to watch in 2014
January 8th, 2014, The Washington Post
A day in the life at Union Kitchen
September 4th, 2013, The Washington Post
Sales spike after Union Kitchen's 2Armadillos goes on...
February 25th, 2014, Washington Business Journal
Union Kitchen gives small food businesses a space to...
September 4th, 2013, The Washington Post
Video: A Visual Tour of a Food Incubator
February 19th, 2014, Gabriella Garcia-Parco
Union Kitchen: A cooking space for start-ups
April 26th, 2013, The Washington Post
State of the Artisan: Will new "food incubators" help...
December 12th, 2012, Washington City Paper
The Rise of the Kitchen Incubator
August 8th, 2013, Next City
The Scene: The Lot @ Union Kitchen
November 1st, 2013, The Washington Post

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