Get your catering business off the ground

There are so many rules when your business is food. Your beloved family kitchen may be pristine as a new snowfall at the peak of Mount Everest, but your state government probably doesn’t care. The legal snarls involved in using it to feed anyone besides your friends and relatives are labyrinthine.

In the state of New York, for instance, you can legally bake cookies in your home kitchen and sell them at your local farmer’s market. You may not, however, You may not, however, sell any of the following home-prepared foods:

  • Breads containing Fruits or Vegetables
  • Pickled or Fermented Foods
  • Cheesecake, Cream Filled Pastries
  • Refrigerated Baked Goods
  • Meat, Fish, or Poultry Products
  • Vegetable Oils, Blended Oils
  • Any Products Containing Raw Nuts
  • Garlic and/or Herb in Oil Mixtures
  • Wine Jellies, Vegetable Jellies, Chutneys, Fruit Butters
  • Cooked or Canned Fruits or Vegetables
  • Cheese, Yogurt, Fluid Dairy Products
  • Sauces, Salsas, Marinades


So what do you do when you need a commercial space to make your delicious treats legal, but you’re not quite ready to sign that lease yet? With the rise of the sharing economy, more and more restaurants and churches are making their commercial kitchen space available to catering startups. Here’s a space that’s available in Old City Philadelphia, right around the corner from the ShareMySpace headquarters:

Old First Reformed United Church of Christ commercial kitchen

Does your organization have a commercial kitchen that’s often unused? It could serve as an incubator for a culinary startup in your community! Why not make it bookable in minutes?

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