Rented Kitchen Space

Ever since I read this article in the New York Times last year about kitchens-for-rent, I've been inspired by the idea of this sort of collaborative space. The article describes a particular Queens kitchen as a "5,500-square-foot work space [that] is both a refuge for dreamers and a life preserver for the unemployed."

So, I'm really excited that Madison is now moving on a similar project, Food Enterprise & Economic Development (FEED) Kitchens, under the sponsorship of the Northside Planning Council of Madison.

FEED will be a a shared-use food processing kitchen and a food business incubator that will help aspiring entrepreneurs start and grow local food businesses, and help train potential bakery and foodservice workers to develop new marketable job skills. The kitchen plans to open in early 2012.

Sounds awesome, doesn't it?

To help raise the money to make this thing happen, FEED is having a Summer Solstice Event on June 21, with a silent auction. You should come!

But even if you aren't in Madison or can't be there, you can bid on the items online, through this site. There are some really awesome items up for bid like:
And much more!

Help make this dream a reality, and maybe I'll even end up using this awesome shared space (for canning projects? for my next wedding catering gig?)