Fork Food Lab is Portland, Maine’s first membership-based collaborative commercial kitchen and tasting room. We provide equipment, mentorship and education as well as distribution pipelines. We aim to give food entrepreneurs and small food producers all the tools they need to create a successful business.
Fork will support up to 50 full and part-time members. With four months before opening, we already have 30 committed members. From kale chips to fried seafood, maple syrup and gluten-free bread, our members are specialty food producers, food trucks, bakeries, and catering companies. To support our members, our kitchen space will feature a wide range of commercial equipment. We will have convection ovens, ranges, mixers, char-broilers, slicers, kettles, prep tables and plenty of cold storage space.
Our goal is to make Fork Food Lab the hub for the local food movement, using our space to teach workshops, host speakers, and produce ongoing programming for the larger New England community. We have the unique opportunity through our tasting room to introduce up-and-coming food entrepreneurs to distributors and potential customers. Fork will be the bridge between consumers and small food producers, helping to build the local food movement. With the help of our Blog, Fork It Up, we hope to provide insight into the world of food entrepreneurship.