Jun 24, 2015, South Whidbey Record
Depending on the results of an community survey, a full-service commercial kitchen may be coming to the South End.
Goosefoot and the Port of South Whidbey are teaming up to see if a big enough market exists to support such a facility. A survey is available online at www.whidbeykitchen.com, and will be live through June 30. A resulting analysis should be available after July 15.
“This is such a natural collaboration since both the Port and Goosefoot have a shared mission of promoting local economic development,” said Angi Mozer, executive director for the port in a recent news release.
The vision for a “full-service” kitchen is of a shared facility that has cold and dry storage, all of the commercial equipment that users need, and on-site management and scheduling. The kitchen aims to foster culinary entrepreneurs of all stripes: those wishing to produce and sell products, teach classes, cater meals, or do something with a bumper crop of produce. Users would also be able to rent storage for their ingredients and finished products. Rental fees would be kept as low as possible, and available for anyone to rent.
Existing commercial kitchens on Whidbey Island do not offer all of these amenities, and their low use may be a reflection of this.
“The new commercial kitchen at the Island County Fairgrounds is a great start,” according to Sandy Whiting, executive director of Goosefoot. “If we find that a high demand exists — one that helps new local businesses develop — then we will begin looking for the necessary funding to make this happen.”