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.
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!