Create. Contribute. Prosper.

Housed in a 7,300 sq ft warehouse, Union Kitchen exists to grow and promote small businesses. For D.C. to be a diverse, exciting, prosperous place, we need local businesses to thrive and local entrepreneurs to bring their passion to our community. And that is where Union Kitchen comes in. Our goal is to build a platform and a megaphone for small businesses by providing a low-cost, low-risk, full-service kitchen for local businesses to grow and establish their operations. We eliminate the need for small businesses to take on debt, purchase expensive equipment, sign a long-term lease, or take many of the other risks that business owners have come to expect as the norm for starting a business.

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 here

Meet the Members

3 Anoa
B. Lin Catering
Baba's Pickles
Banana Love Muffins
Blind Dog Bakery
Broodjes & Bier
Cafe Diem
The Cake Courtesan
Capital Candy Jar
Capital Kombucha
Chaia
ChefMikko Catering
Cherry Blossom Creative
Chocotenango
'Chups
CiaoChow
Common Good City Farm
Crunkcakes
DC Patisserie
Dog Tag Bakery
Glover's Pepper Sauce
Green Hope Smoothie Co.
Growl Coffee
Haute Saison Catering
Langdon Wood
Milk Cult
Mirepoix Media
Motisola Chili
Nutrition Synergies
Popcorn Queens
PravAha*Vita
PureJoy
QuickStep Catering
Rare Sweets
Ravioli Revolution
Dirty South Deli
Running Byrd Tea Company
Singer's Significant Meats
Spoil Me Rotton
TaKorean
Teeny Pies
The Sugar Experience
Thunder Beast Root Beer
Timber Pizza Co.
Tres Creoles
True Honey Teas
Udderly Nuts
Vigilante Coffee
Whisked!
Xocolata

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

Partners

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.

 

Our Partners

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Catering

Our catering team brings together offerings from the collective of Union Kitchen members and enhances the event with service, equipment rentals, display, and bar set-up to bring a unique catered experience from some of DC’s best food and beverage producers. Menus and events range in variety of pricing and product offerings, including (but not limited to) breakfast, lunch, and dinner deliveries, receptions, buffets, plated meals, and live chef stations. Fill out our catering inquiry form to get started.

Drop-Offs

We Bring the Food to You. Whether you are in need of sandwich platters for a working lunch, or a breakfast spread for a conference, our team will bring the food to you! Drop-offs can include beverages, food, and disposable flatware.

Displays & Buffets

Put it Out There. Hanging with friends and networking with fellow professionals can only be made better with great food and beverage. Let us compliment your next event with our variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets. Or, liven up your next reception with one of our artisanal displays, including hot finger foods, charcuterie and crudite spreads, and lavish dessert bars.

Bar Services

Bottoms Up. Raise the bar with Union Kitchen at your next event - our off site catering bar set-ups feature locally crafted beer selections, wines paired to compliment your food offerings. Bar services include (but are not limited to) cash bars, beer and wine service, full service liquor bars, and specialty cocktail menus.

Fine Dining

Let Us Serve You. From passed hors d'oeuvres, to plated dinners the Union Kitchen Caters team is ready to take your event to the next level. With a variety of professional chefs in our arsenal, we bring a local spin to fine dining.

Chef Stations

Meet the Makers. For a new twist on the classic food station, we bring you the Union Kitchen Chef Stations. Bring your next cocktail reception or dinner party to life with Union Kitchen members cooking their small plate renditions of some of their favorite dishes. Selections include savory, sweet, and beverage options.

Special Events & Vending

Have an office full of employees looking for new lunch options? Are you hosting a festival or special event in need of food vendors? From semi regular meal service to one time vending opportunities, our members have you covered. Along with connecting you with a variety of food and beverage vendors, our team can help coordinate day of logistics, including equipment, service set-up, and permitting.

Interested in our catering? Lets get started!

Special Events

Upcoming Events

9/27 @ 6:00 pm | The Lot @ Atlantic Plumbing #6
10/18 @ 6:00 pm | The Lot @ Atlantic Plumbing #7

In The News

A day in the life at Union Kitchen
September 4th, 2013, The Washington Post
Sales spike after Union Kitchen's 2Armadillos goes...
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...
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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