Commercial kitchens must be inspected and certified in order to prepare food that will be sold to the public. This is an expensive and tedious process that most small food businesses can’t afford. Luckily, there are several fully-equipped commercial kitchens that rent out temporary space. Here are just a few the East Bay has to offer:

La Placita
2735 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601
(510) 698-4178
http://www.laplacita.info
Available 24/7 for members.

If you are an freelance Bay Area / Oakland caterer and need a place to prepare your savory dishes, La Placita’s shared commercial kitchen is available for a low cost. The commercial kitchen at La Placita is managed by Rising Sun Entrepreneurs. Have a look at the commercial kitchen rental page for details. Also, If you are a small business entrepreneur in Oakland, you will find low-cost, short term office space for rent.

Getting started: To reserve time or to inquire further, please email help@laplacita.info.

Kitchener Oakland
372 24th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 835-5885
http://kitcheneroakland.com

Kitchener is an Oakland commercial kitchen with a community conscience. A certified and affordable co-working kitchen where micro food entrepreneurs launching catering, baking, or pop-up food businesses can cook, create, and thrive with the support of a strong food-making and entrepreneurial community.

Getting started: Fill out this application: (http://www.kitcheneroakland.com/apply-to-become-a-kitchener-artisan.html).

APC Commercial Kitchen
677 Ranger Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 898-7800 or (510) 898-7813
http://apcollaborative.org/apc-commercial-kitchen

 APC manages a fully-equipped certified commercial kitchen. Their 600-square-foot facility includes a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, a double-oven Wolf range, convection ovens, a commercial mixer, and stainless steel food preparation tables and sinks. It is available to rent to Bay Area food entrepreneurs and is home to several caterers and bakers.

Getting started: Fill out their contact form to get started: (http://apcollaborative.org/contact). Kitchen rental rate is $25/hour, plus a $500 security deposit.

Kitchens within 10 miles of Oakland:

Artisan Kitchen
865 Marina Bay Parkway, Richmond, CA 94804
http://www.artisankitchen.org

The Artisan Kitchen, a working commercial kitchen, provides this much-needed venue to new and seasoned chefs to produce what the Bay Area is best known for: its eclectic and high-quality food offerings. The Artisan Kitchen is available to caterers, private chefs, food photographers and other food connoisseurs for culinary instruction on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

Getting started: Contact them to reserve kitchen space at artisankitchen@sbcglobal.net.

Kitchen by the Hour
2365 Tripaldi Way, Hayward, CA
(650) 585-4900
http://www.kitchenbythehour.com

Kitchen by the Hour® serves all who prepare food for the public. Their main customers are caterers, but bakers, cake decorators, confectioners, visiting chefs, food stylists, charity function chefs, and short-run manufacturers are welcome.

Getting started: Find out more by emailing erin@kitchenbythehour.com.

La Cocina Community Kitchen
2948 Folsom Street (between 25th St & 26th St), San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-2729
http://www.lacocinasf.org
Member hours are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., Wednesdays 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.

La Cocina was created to cultivate low-income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities. Their focus is primarily on women from communities of color and immigrant communities.

Getting started: To begin the commercial kitchen rental process, please fill out this form (http://www.lacocinasf.org/kitchenrentalinfo/commercial-kitchen-application_v4/). For any questions, please contact kitchenrental@lacocinasf.org.

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