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Culinary Commons Policies & Application_2017Fillable

The Culinary Commons Incubator Kitchen at the Douglas County Fairgrounds (located in Building 21) was designed in 2005 as part of the renovated shared commercial kitchen project, offering the community 693.25 sq. ft. of space. Incubator kitchens provide food entrepreneurs with the space and equipment they need for lease. Kansas Department of Agriculture food business regulations prevent many food products from being sold commercially when produced in a private home kitchen. The Culinary Commons Incubator Kitchen allows clients to obtain the appropriate license to produce products on-site for sale elsewhere. This community resource helps entrepreneurs to focus on properly developing their recipes, market, and business model without the upfront capital costs of expensive commercial kitchen equipment. In 2013 the policies were updated to allow more entrepreneurs to utilize the facility to launch a food business. In 2016, a branding and marketing campaign led to the new name, Culinary Commons. Changes and clarifications to the policies in 2017 aligned Culinary Common usage with new Fairgrounds Reservation policies. This document reflects the most recent version of policies and application process.