Start the food business of your dreams

Introducing The LEAP Kitchen: Roanoke’s shared commercial kitchen and food business incubator in the West End neighborhood.

The LEAP Kitchen and Food Business StartUp program exist to help develop more successful food businesses in the Roanoke region. You you have an idea. LEAP can help turn it into reality. Beyond the physical space, The LEAP Kitchen will work to provide the resources you need to create a business plan, start your business, create your product, find outlets for sales, and scale up.

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Who can use The LEAP Kitchen?

The LEAP Kitchen is set up for many types of food businesses, including (but not limited to!):

  • Caterers
  • Bakers
  • Value-added producers (salsa, jam/jelly, pickles, etc)
  • Pop up events (tables and chairs provided on a covered patio)
  • Private production
  • Small cooking classes

How does it work?

The LEAP Kitchen is split into two spaces that can be used simultaneously by 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.

Scheduling is done through an online calendar system. The facility is available 24/7 for paying members with access via key fob. Long term storage, including cooler, freezer, and dry, is available for a monthly fee. What more could anyone want?

Visit our New User Information page here to read about our rates, food safety policies, and more. You can also download an application, fill it out, and mail it in. A LEAP staff member will contact you soon after and help you get started on the food business of your dreams!

Where is it?

The LEAP Kitchen is co-located with the Freedom First Credit Union at 1210 Patterson Ave SW, Roanoke VA 24016. 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, 540-632-1360, or email info@leapforlocalfood.org/leap to set up an appointment or learn more!

 

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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. Thanks!!!!