Tallahassee's best-equipped and largest commercial kitchen won't be found in any of the city's high-end restaurants. Instead, it's the new Kitchenshare Project located in Frenchtown's Heritage Hub, which is also the site of the weekly farmer's market.
Frenchtown Neighborhood Improvement Association Executive Director Jim Bellamy is giving a tour of the nearly 3,000 square foot facility.
"We're about ready to go," he exclaimed. "We got our license this week and we're ready for business!"
Most of the Kitchen Share project cost covered by a U-S Department of Agriculture grant.
"They gave us a half-million dollars and I spent it all!" he said, grinning.
There's room after room full of gleaming, stainless steel top-of-the-line professional equipment. Bellamy says those looking to move from homecooking into the commercial food business would be one group of potential users.
"If it's prepared in a commercial kitchen like this, then they can sell it to Whole Foods or anyplace that they can," he said. "But it has to be prepared in a commercial kitchen."
The facility will be available to rent by the day, the week, or even a few hours.