May 16, 2017
You hear a lot about the Austin tech ecosystem and startups building products in cybersecurity, digital marketing, and more, but what about the culinary scene? People have to eat right?
The Cook’s Nook, a new culinary kitchen and incubator has opened in East Austin to help fuel the artisans, mobile food vendors, and caterers who are in the early stages of business.
The incubator offers a place where owners can cut their teeth in a full-range commercial kitchen in a community of like-minded people and receive business development and networking tools to help them be successful.
The Cook’s Nook founder Joi Chevalier worked as an e-commerce product manager and marketing director for Internet venture startups and Fortune 50 companies for 17 years and had a specific focus on creating personalized experiences for online customers based on their history, behavior, and industry trends. She is also a graduate of the Culinary Arts Program at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. Through The Cook’s Nook, Joi is able to blend her tech savvy with a love of culinary arts and provide a place for early-stage chefs and owners to thrive.
Through The Cook’s Nook mentorship program and network, startups can connect with chefs, industry experts and professionals in PR, marketing, social media, distribution, and more, to learn about building a culinary business.
“Chevalier also has membership levels for food professionals, including writers, photographers and app developers, and people who are just in the idea-generation stage,” according to an article by MyStatesman.
The incubator does have membership options that allow access to a variety of equipment such as: a large culinary kitchen, dedicated bakery, a members kitchen for client tasting and media opportunities, day and dry storage, refrigerator and freezers, a large receiving bay for all the food deliveries, barbecues, and mobile hookups for food trucks.
Read more about startups launching in Austin at Tech.Co
Photos courtesy of Joi Chevalier Facebook and The Cook’s Nook
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