CoMo Cooks Shared Kitchen

We believe all good cooks deserve a chance to turn their recipes into reality, regardless of background, income, or status. 
Our mission is to provide accessible, inclusive, and affordable kitchen space for local food-based businesses and small-batch producers.

Recognizing that the local community of makers, artisans, crafters, and cooks has a significant impact on our economy, The Loop CID was awarded two national grants to help identify and support local, small-scale manufacturing. The CoMo Cooks Shared Kitchen was a direct recommendation of a public visioning process and is even more critical today given the impact of COVID-19 on the local economy.

CoMo Cooks benefits our community by:

  • Encouraging the growth of local food entrepreneurs by reducing barriers and creating opportunities for those without easy access to a commercial kitchen, including those who have been impacted by racial, social, and economic inequality. 
  • Supporting local and regional farmers by providing cost-effective space to produce value-added products. 
  • Increasing the economic vitality of the Business Loop by developing a catalytic project that can spur new food-based businesses along the corridor. 
  • Creating quality jobs that support upward economic mobility for the residents of Columbia and Boone County. 
  • Providing a space that can be used in the future for business incubation, workforce development, food safety classes, and other training opportunities. 

What our kitchen offers:

  • Health department certified spaces
  • Flexible rental hours + 24 hour scheduling
  • Affordable rates and tiered membership levels
  • Dry/cold/freezer storage available
  • Shared workspace and meeting rooms

Available Equipment

  • 3 Compartment Sink
  • 60 Quart Mixer
  • 20 Quart Mixer
  • Automatic Dish Machine
  • Char Broiler
  • Convection Ovens
  • Food Slicer
  • Freezers
  • Griddle
  • Hand Wash Stations
  • Prep Stations
  • Proofers
  • Ranges
  • Refrigerators

The Packing House Production Kitchen - New!

We are in the process of outfitting a small-batch production kitchen within CoMo Cooks designed to provide an easy on-ramp for farmers interested in value-added production. Current specialized equipment includes a blast freezer, an impulse bag sealer, and equipment to slice, chop, grate, and blanch produce. Coming soon: garlic peeler, dehydrator, professional blenders, and more.

Additional Benefits

  • Tiered billing for a range of client needs
  • Online reservation system for classes
  • Collaborative entrepreneurial environment
  • Access to business workshops and coaching
  • PR + social media support for businesses and startups
  • Participation in the CRE8 shared branding program for local makers
  • For more information, contact Trish Sieckmann, our kitchen manager, at [email protected]

CoMo CooksThe Packing House

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

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