While many food entrepreneurs begin in a home kitchen, there is often a need for greater space and more suitable amenities as their business grows. This need for low-cost kitchen space led to Chef Space, which offers multiple food preparation and processing stations, access to capital, storage space, and training opportunities for its members.
Chef Space is Louisville’s first kitchen incubator.
This 13,000 square foot facility repurposed the much-loved Jay’s Cafeteria, which had been vacant for several years. After countless discussions with community members, Community Ventures wanted to help the community preserve the legacy of Jay's while also meeting the larger need for fresh food options in the West End. Soon, the concept for Chef Space was born.
Inside Chef Space
A kitchen incubator is a shared, licensed commercial kitchen.
For food entrepreneurs (caterers, food truck operators, bakers, and value-added food producers), a kitchen incubator provides space that they can rent at affordable rates and access to resources to help build their businesses. We are a fully-licensed and certified commercial kitchen with state-of-the-art equipment. Our aim is to add to Louisville's already vibrant local food scene by creating a community of like-minded entrepreneurs dedicated to producing top-notch products.
At Chef Space, you'll have access to:
13,356 square feet of fully equipped kitchen space
State of the art kitchen appliances and equipment including:
Gas Stock Pot Ranges
Gas Tilting Skillets
Member Support Specialist
Member Services Specialist
Member Support Specialist
Chef Space Advisory Council
Details Coming Soon!
We are grateful for our generous community partners, funders, and supporters who have made this effort possible.
CITY OF LOUISVILLE
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF LOUISVILLE
COMMUNITY TRUST BANK
DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY NEW MARKETS TAX CREDITS (NMTC)
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES HEALTHY FOOD FINANCING INITIATIVE (HFFI)
JAMES GRAHAM BROWN FOUNDATION
J.P. MORGAN CHASE BANK
KENTUCKY REINVESTMENT FUND
KENTUCKY BANK'S BANK ENTERPRISE AWARD
PRODIGY CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION
SAM SWOPE FAMILY FOUNDATION
U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
About Community Ventures
Community Ventures helps people achieve their dreams of home and business ownership. With offices throughout the state, Community Ventures is committed to comprehensive community development all over the Bluegrass. From education to financing, our areas of focus offer the opportunity to enhance the quality of life for people across Kentucky. Come see us if you would like to learn more about purchasing a home, financial coaching, or starting a business.