SPICE Kitchen Incubator is a culinary business incubator program founded in 2013 by the International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City and in partnership with Salt Lake County. SPICE assists refugees, immigrants, and community members of low-moderate income in establishing their own sustainable food businesses through two phases of technical assistance and graduation.
The first phase called Pre-Incubation consists of 4-6 months of one-on-one technical assistance, group workshops, and field trips for building business and marketing plans, product and menu development including focus groups, credit building and loan counseling, and receiving kitchen and food safety certifications. The second phase, Incubation, allows the entrepreneur to rent our on-location affordable commercial kitchen and begin selling their food through various markets such as farmer’s markets, festivals, catering events, boxed lunches, and a weekly hot meal pick up service called Spice To Go. Within five years, a business will scale up, be sustainable, and graduate from the program.
With the help of our welcoming community in Salt Lake City, SPICE Kitchen Incubator has provided assistance to over 25 new food businesses. Each business has been shown support and continues to grow in various ways. With your generous donation and continued support, entrepreneurs and chefs will continue to have the opportunity to live their dream, increase their chances of owning a successful food business, and add new flavors to Salt Lake City.