Most small-scale food business entrepreneurs lack the capital to invest in their own production facilities, and rental costs at the handful of available commercial kitchen establishments in the DC area are prohibitive. So Crossroads convened a coalition of community stakeholders and worked with the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church to transform an existing kitchen space into a shared-use, commercial kitchen to help meet the needs of small-scale food entrepreneurs. Open since August 2017, the Takoma Park Silver Spring Community Kitchen provides much-needed affordable food preparation space to those who have participated in Crossroads’ Microenterprise Development Program.
After several years of growth, the TPSS Community Kitchen is nearly at capacity. We’ve embarked on a second-floor expansion project and when complete we will be able to accommodate additional food businesses. Keeping in mind the requirements for COVID-19, the kitchen is open to new applicants. We do not maintain a waiting list. Rather, there is an evaluation process through which we assess the status and nature of food businesses along with the availability of kitchen space and resources to meet their needs. Read more about the application process here.
If you’re thinking of starting a food business need guidance in taking your food business to the next level, please fill out this interest form to receive program updates and additional resources. Si está pensando en comenzar un negocio de alimentos o si necesita orientación para llevar su negocio de alimentos al siguiente nivel, por favor llene este formulario de interés para recibir notificaciones y más información.
Check out some of our current food businesses:
Owner Aaron Spencer now lives in Silver Spring, and has an unyielding passion for food access for all communities. His diet has been been plant-based since 2018, and enjoys how it has positively impacted his life.
Bèl Botanica was formed out of Saskia’s own relationship to food and sugar and her love of cacao. Her motivation comes from her desire to learn more about her Ghanaian heritage through the magic of cacao.
TPSS Community Kitchen alumni:
“An incredible resource for small businesses like ours.”
“Everyone is very supportive here.”
# of food items now produced in the kitchen: 117+
# of farm to food business partnerships formed: 17
# of hours kitchen time logged last year: 2,326