We're Officially on the Hunt For Our Commercial Kitchen!

Since it's not quite time to hire a team, we need to find somewhere to jump-start and get on the ball with baking some tasty pastries. Unfortunately my home kitchen just won't cut it, even though I do foresee some office work on my dining table for a while. 

The Cookery on West Chapel Hill Street in Durham.

The Cookery on West Chapel Hill Street in Durham.

Thus far we've been looking around Wake County. Tuesday, I went to the Cookery in Durham to check out their state-of-the-art incubator kitchen for tiny food businesses -it's also a recently expanded event space (which, off topic, is lovely if you're in need of a venue). This kind of arrangement is nowhere to be found in Cary. I can't figure out why, but apparently the communal style organization isn't allowed in Wake County.

When you're starting a food business, not having to source and install thousands of dollars worth of equipment into a rental space is super appealing. Not having to handle the maintenance of said equipment is also really appealing. The other main thing on the pro-list for this kind of arrangement is the community aspect. On the flip side, the community aspect is also a bit of a negative. You have to schedule your time precisely and promptly because there are other businesses which need the facility as well. Other than that, my biggest concern is where to put a 150 pound bin of flour... 🤔

I am having a bit of an internal battle over keeping it local in Cary, but I'm almost ready to say, "Hello, Durham!" I'm feeling pretty confident that the Cookery would be a great starting point for Triangle Pastry Co., but there are a few more hoops to jump through before we can hit the ground running, no matter what. You know, just so it's on paper that I will pay taxes, write annual reports, wash my hands often enough, and not serve eggs cooked below 160 degrees. Routine regulations.

2018 is going to rock.

Cheers to that!

Downtown Durham, NC.

Downtown Durham, NC.