Two production kitchens have opened in Palm Beach County – these are spaces for rent for those would-be chefs, caterers or party-throwers.
Tequesta’s Mise en Place
Stacey Webb, who with her husband, Mike, runs the Mise en Place Kitchens in Tequesta, says the licenses and legal hoops stop most.
She advises others to get a business license and a liability insurance policy — both simple to obtain — and rent a kitchen to see if cooking pro is for you.
Mise En Place is in the old Cafe Heidelburg space – with both a hot kitchen with four ovens and 18 burners and a cold prep kitchen with a walk-in. A convection oven is a planned addition, as well as a library.
Rental fee is $25 an hour — or kitchens can be rented for long-term. Webb teaches classes out of the kitchens; there’s a party area and dining room for staging parties or catering here as well.
Production Kitchen in West Palm
Chrissy Benoit, owner of Havana Hideaway in Lake Worth, and her sister Ginger opened a 24/7 production-incubation kitchen in West Palm, in an industrial park south of the Kravis Center.
Benoit needed a kitchen of her own to work out of — the success of her restaurant after appearing on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network boosted her business significantly.
She’s hoping the kitchen leads others to creative cooking for profit. Here, would-be chefs can learn about kitchen sanitation, licensing, production work and food costs and purchasing – bones of restaurants that should be in place before a launch.
There’s party and teaching space, too – those who want to teach could offer classes here, or tastings – or throw a catered affair.
Various fees apply, depending on what time of day or night you rent; it’s available by the month too.
Mise en Place Kitchens
150 U.S. 1, Tequesta 33469
The Production Kitchen
1253 Old Okeechobee Road, Stes. B 8, 9; West Palm Beach 33401