Visit the Bay Area’s BARTable food incubators

The Mission’s La Cocina pioneered the food incubator trend back in 2005, offering affordable kitchen space to women from communities of color and immigrant communities, and guiding them through the concept-to-package and concept-to-plate process. Since then, several commercial kitchens and mentoring programs have sprung up, offering wannabe chefs and food and beverage makers the appropriate facility and guidance to test their ideas and present them to the public. The concept is a community driven approach to business and shows no slowing as the Bay Area continues to embrace food and its creators. Though La Cocina’s kitchens aren’t open to the public, their Ferry Building kiosk offers a selection of food, as do two in Oakland that are close to BART stops. Lucky us!

Look for iconic La Cocina brands like Clairesquares and Kika’s Treats and newer vendors like NeoCocoa truffles and edible insect snack brand Don bugito. 

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Forage Kitchen Café and Monthly Batch Made Market

The vibe inside this year-old kitchen and event space is very mellow, and you might find fans of Pal’s Takeaway munching on sandwiches and sharing the café space with budding food entrepreneurs working on their business plans.

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Kitchener Snack Bar

Sophia Chang opened Kitchener five years ago, offering fledgling food startups affordable commercial kitchen space. 

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Kitchener Snack Bar

19th St. Oakland

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