We take the friction out of starting a food business

 

Fork Food Lab is a membership based shared kitchen, with all the commercial equipment needed for food production. We have over 30 companies working side by side to start or grow their businesses. It is the perfect place to test a concept and an amazing community to be a part of. There are scholarship opportunities for start ups sourcing mostly local produce.

We also rent space for one off uses and events.

 

 
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We give to Fork Food Lab because the Lab is where local food businesses that we love find a home to grow. Fork is laser focused on the development of local scalable businesses that are intimately linked to the sustainability of the small farms that make Maine the best place in the world to live. A donation to Fork Food Lab is a vote of confidence in our food ecosystem and our local entrepreneurs.”
— Jennifer Monti, MD, Maine Medical Center.
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More than just a shared kitchen.

 

By becoming a Fork Food Lab member you become part of a robust food community. Entrepreneurs in all stages of starting a food business and all different types of businesses come to Fork as a starting place or a place to expand.

Fork has a communal table at Farmers Markets that members can attend and sample their products, just send their products for selling or use as a marketing platform.

Fork is also the umbrella on 2 Dine In, FarmDrop and Uber Eats allowing members to set up and sell their products quickly for delivery to consumers.

 

 

Tasting Room

where the public meets the chef

Workshops, dinners, markets, classes and private events all take place in the Tasting Room.

Kitchen

A modern commercial kitchen for you

Our 5000 square foot kitchen includes a range of high quality cooking equipment, ample storage, small wares and all the disposable items you'll need to operate.

 

Community

A network for the small food business

Food is one of the most ancient of rituals for society. We are working towards reconnecting the members of the community eating sustenance with the members of the community producing it.  Immediate, factual feedback is at the core of launching a successful food business. Our advisors care about the growth of Maine food businesses and are excited to lend a hand to members of the Fork community.

Channel 8 WMTW: Fork Food Lab hosts special market for Small Business Saturday

Channel 13 WGME: Portland Celebrates Small Business Saturday

Portland Press Herald: The Wrap: Fork Food Lab just may have your Christmas list covered

Maine Biz: Fork Food Lab gears up for Small Business Saturday, '12 Days of Christmas' events

Press Release: It's official! Portland’s Fork Food Lab to Stay Open through Partnership with The Sustainability Lab

Maine Start Ups Insider: After being on the brink of closure, Fork Food Lab gains fresh start as nonprofit

The Forecaster: Sky's Cafe in Yarmouth puts no limit on convenience

Maine Start Ups Insider: Local group in ‘active talks’ to rescue Fork Food Lab from closure

Portland Press Herald: Where food enterprises get cooked up

Mainebiz: Portland property shortage brings new life to old spaces

The Grow Maine Show: Neil Spillane, CEO of Fork Food Lab

Portland Press Herald: Fork Food Lab incubator wins accolades from Greater Portland council

MaineBiz: Fork Food Lab raising $30K for public tasting space

Portland Monthly: Kitchen Collaboration

Mainebiz: Food lab planned for West Bayside site

Bangor Daily News: From fight club to food club in Portland

Maine Startups Insider: Fork Food Lab buys West Bayside building, set to launch in July

Slow Money Maine: GPCOG (Greater Portland Council of Governments) & Fork Food Lab Project Update

Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development: Vision to Reality - Fork Food Lab

Portland Press Herald: Forq Food Lab will give Maine food producers a place to create (This article refers to us with by our old name, Forq.)