Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2012 Blue Oven Kitchens' Commisary Kitchen Open House, Gainesville, Fla.

Gainesville, Fla.--Blue Oven Kitchens' December, 2012, open house was very colorful. They invited friends, farmers, chefs, and University of Florida members to celebrate the opening of their new Commissary Kitchen.
Stefanie Hamblen addresses audience at Blue Oven Kitchens'
commisary kitchen open house, Gainesville, Fla.
"We plan for everybody in the rural areas to have a kitchen easily accessible so farmers can do value added produce and people can start their own food businesses," said Stefanie Hamblen, co-owner, Secretary, and Director of Fundraising.
Val Leitner, co-owner of Blue Oven Kitchens,
Gainesville, Fla.
Blue Oven Kitchens is a not-for-profit kitchen incubator that serves the needs of people in North Central Florida. According to their website this means--a kitchen incubator provides access to inspected, commercial kitchen space while also providing business support service.

Crones' Cradle Farm sourced fried-green tomato
lollipops, Gainesville, Fla.
They plan to rent out the commissary kitchen, at a low-cost, to chefs, farmers, and disadvantaged food entrepreneurs in North Central Florida. Even though the kitchen is now open they are still looking for donations to help them get more equipment and other things.

"As we move forward, we have entrepreneurs that are getting their stuff together so that they can start renting. We're pulling together people either chefs or community members who want to do cooking classes. And so as we get all that going we need some bridge capitol to keep us solvent during that time," said Val Leitner, co-owner, and President of Blue Oven Kitchens.

There were many colorful finger foods sourced from farmers around Gainesville, Florida.

There was also a multitude of rainbow colored baked vegetables.

To find out more about Blue Oven Kitchens you can go to their website at

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