leap kitchen

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The LEAP Kitchen offers education, support, and resources for start-up food businesses, including access to markets through LEAP programs. Its facility is fully licensed by Virginia departments of health and agriculture. Annual membership or occasional use rates are available.

How does it work?

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The LEAP Kitchen is rented on an hourly basis. Members are granted unlimited 24/7 access with their own dedicated key fob. Scheduling is done through an online calendar system.The LEAP Kitchen is split into two spaces that can be used simultaneously by two different businesses.

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The Hot Kitchen is equipped with a six burner range and oven along with cooler space, table space, and a few pots and pans. The Bake Kitchen comes with a 20 quart mixer, double convection oven, more table space, and an induction burner.

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Both kitchens share a walk-in cooler, reach-in freezer, and dish washing area with a three compartment sink. Long-term storage, including cooler, freezer, and dry, is available for a monthly fee.

Who can use it?

The LEAP Kitchen is set up for many types of food businesses, including (but not limited to):

  • Bakers
  • Value-added producers (think jam, salsa, pickles)
  • Manufacturers
  • Food truck/Cart operators
  • Caterers
  • Pop-up events
    (table and chairs provided on a covered patio)
  • Community groups
  • School groups
  • Private production
  • Small cooking classes

Want to Know more?

Call the LEAP Kitchen Manager, 540-632-0485 or email kitchen@leapforlocalfood.org with questions or to schedule a tour. See below for more detailed information.

Rates and Fees

Standard Operating Procedures
(A short guidebook on food safety and equipment handling in the LEAP Kitchen)

Use Policies
(Rules for the LEAP Kitchen.)

Before getting started as a food entrepreneur, check out this Starting a Food Business guide from Virginia Cooperative Extension's Food Innovation Program.

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Apply here

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