HBK Incubates is a shared commercial kitchen space and business support program for high-growth food enterprises, run by award-winning food business Hot Bread Kitchen. In the capital-intensive culinary industry, our incubator allows entrepreneurs to mitigate start-up risk and grow their food ventures in a community of business owners. To find out more, please fill out the form here.

Learn more about our impact and who we serve in our 10 year impact study.

"I started Hot Bread Kitchen from my home and turned it into a thriving commercial bakery. We learned so much along the way and were inspired to share our knowledge, access and resources with small food start-ups – just like ours once was – to help more food entrepreneurs become successful."
–Jessamyn Rodriguez, Founder

HBK Incubates takes a four-pronged approach to supporting emerging food businesses:


In the Kitchen Now


Facilities

Our kitchen is fully licensed by the NYC Department of Health and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for commercial food production.We offer 24/7 access with a street level receiving bay and off-street delivery area. The kitchen is equipped with gas and induction cooktops, multiple convection ovens, deep-fryer and large capacity tilt skillet, all maintained by our team.

Getting to HBK Incubates

HBK Incubates is located in East Harlem. It is accessible by train (2, 3, 6 and Metro North) and by bus (M98, M101, M102, M103).

If you choose to get to us by car, there is street parking available in the neighborhood.

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Become a Member

Are you an ambitious entrepreneur ready to grow your business? HBK Incubates is open to all food entrepreneurs. We are well-suited to caterers, specialty food makers, meal delivery companies and many other types of businesses.

We offer subsidized rates based on financial need to make our program accessible to all. 30% of our members receive subsidies on kitchen rental and storage.

Please fill out the interest form below and our team will be in touch.

SHORT TERM RENTAL OPPORTUNITIES: We occasionally rent kitchen space to non-members for community events, recipe testing, or for a short-term production space. We kindly request 1 month notice in advance for short term kitchen rentals. If you are interested, please email incubator@hotbreadkitchen.org with the subject line “Short Term Rental” to learn more about availability and rates.

ENTREPRENEURIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP): If you aren’t quite ready to enter the incubator program, consider joining EAP – a theory based program to provide instruction, training, technical assistance and support services to individuals who have recently started their own business. Many EAP participants later become HBK Incubates Members. To find out more, email incubator@hotbreadkitchen.org with the subject “EAP Inquiry”.

To find out more about our program offerings and schedule a facility tour, please fill out the form below.