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 and some of our illustrious Alumni here

Meet the Members

A Taste of Heaven
Apinya
B. Lin Catering
Baba's Pickles
Banana Love Muffins
Bear's Made
The Black Pug Smokehouse
Blind Dog Bakery
Blind Dog Cafe
Brainy Belly
Bright Greens
Broodjes & Bier
The Capital Candy Jar
Capital Kombucha
Chaia
Chef Mikko Catering
Cherry Blossom Creative
CHIQS
'Chups
Ciao Chow
Common Good City Farm
Compass Coffee
Confexion Connexion
DC Vegan
Dirty South Deli
District Cheese
District Spice
Eco Caters
Element [Shrubs]
Embitterment
Emma's Bakeshop
Federal City Brothers
Glover's Pepper Sauce
Gnarley
Gouter
Green Hope Smoothie Co.
Growl Coffee
Haute Saison Catering
Jerk Central
Julie's Datery
Langdon Wood
Milk Cult
Motisola Chili
Nutrition Synergies
Payvand Cuisine
Pinch Dumplings
Popcorn Queens
Pops by Haley
Potomac Pastry
QuickStep Catering
Savory
Singer's Significant Meats
Slender Seven
Smoking Kow BBQ
Spoil Me Rotten
Sweet Farm
Swizzlers
Thunder Beast Root Beer
Timber Pizza Co.
TruJuice
Udderly Nuts
Undone Chocolate
Xocolata
Zivot

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

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!

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 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.

Product Development & Pricing

Define a growth path for your own business and provide the services to best support the success of your members.

Site Acquisition & Kitchen Build-Out

Select the best space and get the most out of it with tailored guidance on kitchen design and equipment.

Branding & Marketing

Build a brand, social media presence, and media relationships to spread your message and grow opportunities.

Regulatory Compliance & Food Safety

Tailored guidance for both you and your members on health inspections, food safety compliance, building inspections, and OSHA regulations.

Facilities Operations

Prepare to operate an incubator, from food safety systems to preventative maintenance to security.

Membership Operations

Select, vet, and orient members to ensure that they use the kitchen safely and successfully.

Staffing & Training

Guidance on hiring and training incubator staff, with flowcharts, checklists, and roles and responsibilities.

Distribution Operations

Guidance on launching a distribution service to expand the value-chain and drive sales and opportunities to members.

Catering Operations

Flowcharts and guidance on managing a catering operation, working with clients, and articulating the value of catering.

Education

Provide educational opportunities to prepare your members for starting, scaling, or growing their businesses.

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

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January 8th, 2014, The Washington Post
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September 4th, 2013, The Washington Post
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February 25th, 2014, Washington Business Journal
Union Kitchen gives small food businesses a space to...
September 4th, 2013, The Washington Post
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Union Kitchen: A cooking space for start-ups
April 26th, 2013, The Washington Post
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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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