Austin’s Collaborative Hub for Culinary Business

The Cook’s Nook is a community of culinary professionals working to create businesses, events, and policies that are profitable, sustainable, equitable, and engaged. We provide people involved in the food industry – from CPG companies to Central Texas officials – with what they need to succeed.

For Entrepreneurs, We Grow …

The Cook’s Nook is a proven culinary incubator, providing organic-friendly shared production space and business development opportunities to help Austin-area artisans, startup caterers, CPG businesses, mobile vendors, virtual restaurants, and others grow their culinary companies.

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For Corporations, We Make …

We’re a trusted consultant for companies and brands seeking to bring entrepreneurial processes into their corporate environment. And, for those visiting Austin – whether it means acting as brand ambassadors, styling food for films, supporting team-building events, or providing small-batch production – we make it happen.

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For Organizations, We Serve …

The Cook’s Nook supports government organizations, school districts, agencies, and nonprofits as an institutional food service company, complete with program management. Currently, we’re working with more than 28 Central Texas nonprofits and community groups to serve almost 3,000 nutritious meals daily to our neighbors in need.

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For Communities, We Share …

We offer programming to help food professionals build essential business skills, like financial literacy, marketing, and operations. We also sponsor events like Taste of Black Austin, to help promote a diverse culinary community.

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For Impact, We Connect …

The Cook’s Nook actively engages with other organizations essential to Central Texas’ food ecosystem – farmers, investors, suppliers, retailers, elected officials, advocacy groups, and community organizations – helping ensure food policy, justice, and access remain high on local decisionmakers’ lists of priorities.

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Recent News

CFRAE 2021: Making the Invisible…Visible

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country, the issues related to equitable access to food became glaring. Almost overnight, populations (including the shut-in, the elderly, the working poor, and the homeless) all lost access to food. As more people lost their jobs, a new population also began to wonder where their next meal was coming from – people who used to be able to walk

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