Looking for commercial kitchen to rent in Bay Area/Peninsula

Discussion in 'Professional Pastry Chefs' started by melindaj, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. melindaj

    melindaj

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    I'm trying to start a wedding cake business and I'm looking for a commercial kitchen to rent but I don't have a lot of money so I'd like to share a space/hours with someone else.  I know the Culinary Incubator website has some options but they are either a) expensive, or b)a little far to drive and park at the random hours I would be working (late at night, generally).  Does anyone know of a place in the Bay Area/Peninsula region that has a kitchen they want to rent? 
     
  2. petemccracken

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  3. nickyc

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    Have you checked the commercial rental section of craigslist? i see hourly kitchen rentals there all the time, atleast in the east bay where i live.

    also, check local churches and senior centers. a lot have commercial kitchens that sit unused for most of the week.

    sorry for no specific reccomendations, or if these ideas are redundant.
     
     
  4. melindaj

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    I wish the Cottage Baking Law would work in my favor, but unfortunately, wedding cakes have frosting, the ingredients of which are considered a potentially hazardous food...
     
  5. flipflopgirl

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    Depends on what sort of icing you use.

    Toba Garrett has what she terms a "decorator icing".

    Made using high ratio shortening.

    It not only tastes great (and whips up fluffy!) but doesn't leave that greasy coating on the tongue.

    I use this recipe for all of my outdoor events (Texas!) and a fair share of my indoor venues also.

    Also works great as a filling, by adding jams and other mix ins that are non perishable.

    I also use a lot of flavor emulsions and oils (LorAn products is my go to for these, esp the butter flavorings).

    Also works like a dream under fondant.

    mimi

    * Tip...depending on how far away the venue is I will either refrigerate or freeze (yes, even fondant) the order.

    By the time I drive, set up and add in the expected time until cake cutting, the cake is a nice cool temp, perfect for slicing.

    Of course any decos I will be using are left in a good sturdy box as they don't thaw as nicely as the cake.

    m.
     
  6. lescookettes

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    Hi MelindaJ,

    I know this thread is now 2 years old but I am facing the same problem as you did. Looking for an affordable kitchen to rent between SF and San mateo, for a few hours a week, but no luck so far.

    Let me know if you ended finding sth that worked for you and if any suggestions. Many thanks!
     
  7. Green Chow

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    This thread continues years later! I am looking for a commercial kitchen to rent part time close to San Mateo. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!