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Lakeview Kitchen and Market Now Accepting Applications for Their Shared Kitchen



Some kids sculpt with playdoh, others with clay. One of the co-owners of Lakeview Kitchen and Market, the new commercial shared kitchen in town, used to sculpt mashed potatoes. That led to mosaics made from candy followed by buttercream frosting painting. Gradually the love for art turned into a love for baking. But starting up a new bakery is a scary idea. A brick and mortar building complete with a professionally equipped kitchen is an expensive start up business.

Another way to start a food production business is to use a commercial shared kitchen, but they are hard to come by. Walking down Broadway one day, the “For Lease” sign in the window at the old House of Fine Chocolates jumped out. From the window on the sidewalk it looked like a small retail shop. But from the first tour through the 5,000 sq. ft. space, it quickly became clear this could be an awesome commercial kitchen.

That’s how Lakeview Kitchen and Market came to be. Co-owners Wendy Grahn and Maggie O’Brien, a mother and daughter team, took over this space and created a 5,000 sq. ft. commercial shared kitchen, fully equipped with a Doyon convection oven with 40 racks, a 10 burner stove, a fryer, walk-in refrigerators and freezer, butcher block and stainless steel tables, Robot Coupes, Kitchen-Aids, sheet pans, racks, bowls, whisks, and the list goes on and on and on. Everything in the kitchen is available for clients to use.

An Operating Agreement with Lakeview Kitchen and Market, a Shared Kitchen User License from the city of Chicago, and the ServSafe Food Manager Certification are all that’s required to become a client at the kitchen. Just contact the kitchen at info@lakeviewkitchenandmarket.com to have the Operating Agreement sent directly to you.

The “Market” part of Lakeview Kitchen and Market will be the retail space it offers as a venue for clients to sell their products. On any given day, customers can come into the market and purchase a broad variety of items, depending on which kitchen clients have been working that day. It could be baked goods, soup, granola, jam, pickles, salsa, hot sauce, pie crusts, dog treats, chutney, or salad dressing, just to name a few. The Market will provide an opportunity to purchase a wide array of fresh and delicious items.

The Kitchen is open now for anyone with their ServSafe Food Manager Certification and a Shared Kitchen User License. And the Market will be open in June for customers looking for great food!

Find Lakeview Kitchen and Market on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter at @lakeviewkitchen. For application or pricing information, visit the website at www.lakeviewkitchenandmarket.com .

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