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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Union Kitchen has a proven track record of success starting and operating food incubators. We offer this institutional knowledge to other individuals, organizations, and governments, who, like us, believe in the power of small business and local production. Union Kitchen offers several consulting plans with material tailored to your business and location. Regardless of where you are in the process of opening an incubator, we can help. Consulting services cover between five and ten of the training modules below, and can ensure that your business launches efficiently and with a minimum of growing pains. We hope you will contact us today to find out more about how Union Kitchen Consulting can support you in achieving your goals.
Define a growth path for your own business and provide the services to best support the success of your members.
Select the best space and get the most out of it with tailored guidance on kitchen design and equipment.
Build a brand, social media presence, and media relationships to spread your message and grow opportunities.
Tailored guidance for both you and your members on health inspections, food safety compliance, building inspections, and OSHA regulations.
Prepare to operate an incubator, from food safety systems to preventative maintenance to security.
Select, vet, and orient members to ensure that they use the kitchen safely and successfully.
Guidance on hiring and training incubator staff, with flowcharts, checklists, and roles and responsibilities.
Guidance on launching a distribution service to expand the value-chain and drive sales and opportunities to members.
Flowcharts and guidance on managing a catering operation, working with clients, and articulating the value of catering.
Provide educational opportunities to prepare your members for starting, scaling, or growing their businesses.
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