‘KitchenTown’ food startup incubator is launchpad for new businesses

Since the fall, small-batch producers have applied to use KitchenTown’s industrial, cooperative kitchen to make its products and get businesses off the ground.

KitchenTown is food incubator in San Mateo that opened in the early fall with the goal of giving kitchen-startups a space to get their businesses off the ground. The idea is simple: a small-batch producer applies to use KitchenTown’s industrial, cooperative kitchen to make its products.

But the space is more than just a stainless-steel warehouse of ovens and mixers. The lobby area is an artisan-style cafe, filled with local goodies (many made by the in-house producers) and a flannel-wearing barista who recently discovered his life’s passion is bread.

Co-founded by Alberto Solis and Rusty Schwartz in a converted cookie-factory, KitchenTown’s goal is to give these small-batch producers the resources they need to get their products out there. With projects ranging from chocolate, almond milk, salsa and even pre-packaged meals for athletes, a variety of producers have spent time in the oven at KitchenTown.

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