About The LEAP Kitchen

The LEAP Kitchen is Roanoke’s shared commercial kitchen and food business incubator.
You have an idea. The LEAP Kitchen can help turn it into reality.

We help our members by breaking down barriers and providing easy access to an inexpensive, fully-equipped and licensed commercial kitchen, as well as the support they need to start, develop, grow, and operate a successful food business.

Who can use The LEAP Kitchen?
The LEAP Kitchen is set up for many types of food businesses, including (but not limited to!) bakers, value-added producers (salsa, jam/jelly, pickles, etc.) and manufacturers, food truck/cart operators, caterers, pop-up events (tables and chairs provided on a covered patio), community/civic/religious/school groups, private production, and small cooking classes.

How does it work?
The LEAP Kitchen is rented on an hourly basis. Members are granted unlimited 24/7 access with their own dedicated key fob. Scheduling is done through an online calendar system.

The LEAP Kitchen is split into two spaces that can be used simultaneously by two different businesses. The Hot Kitchen is equipped with a 6 burner range and oven along with cooler space, table space, and a few pots and pans. The Bake Kitchen comes with a 20qt mixer, double convection oven, more table space, and an induction burner. Both Kitchens share a walk-in cooler, reach-in freezer, and dish washing area with 3 compartment sink. Long term storage, including cooler, freezer, and dry, is available for a monthly fee.

How do I find out more?
Call the LEAP Kitchen Manager, 540-632-2017, or email kitchen@leapforlocalfood.org if you have any questions or want to schedule a tour, or check out the documents below for additional information regarding:

Rates and Fees: Read here to learn about costs associated with The Kitchen

Standard Operating Procedures: A short guidebook relating to food safety and handling equipment in The Kitchen

Use Policies: Rules regarding the use of The Kitchen

Before getting started as a food entrepreneur, check out the various resources and checklists included in Virginia Cooperative Extension Food Innovation Program’s Starting a Food Business guide.

Where do I sign up?
Apply here! Call the LEAP Kitchen Manager, 540-632-2017, or email kitchen@leapforlocalfood.org if you have any questions or want to schedule a tour first.


Where is it?
The LEAP Kitchen is co-located with the Freedom First Credit Union branch at 1210 Patterson Ave SW, Roanoke VA 24016, in Roanoke’s West End neighborhood. Head to the back half of the building to enter the kitchen.


Can I see it?
Sure! Appointments are required for a tour. Call the LEAP Kitchen Manager, 540-632-2017, or email kitchen@leapforlocalfood.org to set up an appointment or learn more!

“We came to LEAP about a year ago when the kitchen we were renting, the building sold. So we were looking for something temporarily until we found a new building, and we absolutely fell in love with the place. Our overhead has gone down about 40% from being here. Other than that, it’s just been really great to work with. The schedule works really great, the equipment’s been great, the kitchen’s always clean after everybody uses it, which is nice. Other than that, we’re just very, very happy.” -A LEAP Kitchen User 

Freedom First Credit Union and The West End Center for Youth have been huge partners and supporters of this effort, along with so many others, including the Roanoke Women’s Foundation, Carilion Clinic, City of Roanoke Economic Development Authority, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences‘ Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) fund, and USDA Agriculture Marketing Service‘s Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). Thanks!