Three companies unite to create a more stable local food economy
The Acadiana Food Hub, Acadiana Incubator Kitchen and the Acadiana Commissary Kitchen are three separate companies operating under one roof with the ultimate goal of creating a more stable local food economy right here in Acadiana.
Acadiana Food Hub
The Acadiana Food Hub (acadianafoodhub.com) is a nonprofit created and directed by Zack McMath. The Food Hub’s main goal is to make local food available to Acadiana by supporting local farmers and assisting them with education, training, storage and distribution to local groceries, markets and restaurants. There are also plans for a locally sourced virtual farmers market deliverable by Waitr.
Acadiana Incubator Kitchen
The Acadiana Incubator Kitchen (acadianaincubatorkitchen.com) is a shared use rental space developed by owner Cara Garrett and intended for the incubation of small food businesses. Local food companies who have previously operated out of their homes under the cottage food law now have the opportunity to scale up their operations and create value added products in a certified facility ready for store shelves and wholesale distribution. All clients renting the kitchen must be formed as LLCs, have their own liability insurance and be inspected by DHH.
Acadiana Commissary Kitchen
The Acadiana Commissary Kitchen (acadianacommissarykitchen.com), which is managed by Lizzie Viera, is a shared use rental kitchen for food trucks, caterers and virtual restaurants (also deliverable by Waitr). All food trucks and caterers are required by DHH to have a commissary kitchen to operate out of. It is becoming more difficult for these small businesses to find restaurants willing to be their commissary space.
ACK has created this facility in order to make it easier for food trucks and caterers to operate in Acadiana. Local chefs also have the opportunity to test their restaurant concepts at the Commissary Kitchen, using Waitr as a virtual restaurant platform, minimizing the risk of investing in a new restaurant.
Clients can schedule their time in both the Acadiana Incubator Kitchen and the Acadiana Commissary Kitchen using on online platform called the Food Corridor. Using the Food Corridor, clients have the opportunity to book eight hour shifts, available 24/7.
They also have the opportunity to rent and reserve equipment that is stored in the Acadiana Food Hub’s warehouse. Clients simply reserve their piece of equipment, such as a tilt-skillet or induction burner, and roll it into the kitchen for use.
The goal is to streamline the ease of starting up a new food business. The Acadiana Food Hub also has a small office available for use by the small businesses using their facility. Consulting services are also available for startup assistance.