The Cook’s Nook is a culinary incubator with a full range of commercial kitchen equipment and business support.
The kitchens occupy a former Southeast Austin family home and warehouse in a lovely green space near the intersection of Airport, Hwy. 71 and Ben White Boulevard – just south of the river. It’s convenient to downtown from 5th and 7th Streets, with easy access from 183.
Two bus routes, 4 Montopolis and 350 Airport Blvd, stop within a half-mile of The Cook’s Nook, and bike racks are provided onsite.
Features Include :
Clean, professional facility – cleanliness leads to godliness! Members are required to keep the kitchens clean. In addition, our team also cleans, and we bring in deep cleaners on schedule.
Large Culinary Kitchen – there are 8 stations, and each station has space for two to three team members, prep table, metro shelf. Each station is within reach of hot line, sinks, same-day refrigeration and dish.
Members’ Kitchen – with stations, refrigeration, enhanced lighting and decorated tastefully for member meetings, client tasting, and food testing
Walk-in refrigeration and freezer – for eligible members with large production
Dry storage and service goods storage – for eligible members with large production or caterers with service items
Delivery and receiving area – receive and dispense large product delivery for same day use to your station
Outdoor space for smoking and grilling – barbecue if you have to, or just hang out in the garden area
Day lockers – secure your valuables while in production
Wi-fi and secure 24/7 access – stay connected, feel safe. If you need to cook overnight, we get it and want to make sure you’re secure while doing it.
Co-working environment – know your fellow members, their business aims and goals. There are no strangers in The Cook’s Nook.
Professional Business Environment – open, professional kitchen for members, clients, and vendors – our members can run their businesses from The Cook’s Nook, show their product, host tastings and engage with potential clients, customers, and vendors
Business Incubation – peer and chef-led meetings and consulting to help your product, operations, and business stay on track
Ready to Get Started? Fill out a Cook’s Nook Application Form.
Startup Disaster Stories and What We Can Learn
Monday, March 2, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
Join Marc Nathan, VP of Client Strategy at Egan Nelson LLP, Joi Chevalier, CEO of The Cook’s Nook, Andrew Eisenberg, Partner at Lee & Hayes, P.C., and April Riggs, Digital Brand Manager at Still Austin Whiskey Co. as the panel shares startup disasters and lessons learned. Click here to register.
The Cook’s Nook at SXSW: The Future of Food
Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 11 AM to 4 PM
WeWork Food Labs in the SXSW Building at 1400 Lavaca St.
Join a diverse group of experts, influencers, leaders and visionaries for a taste of how technology, innovation and social issues are revolutionizing the future of food. Free to public (limited tickets available), SXSW badge holders will be given priority access. Click here to register.
Cook’s Nook at SXSW: The Data-Driven Food System: From Soil to Supper
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
JW Marriott, Salon FG
Google has convened the Refresh Working Group—40 farmers, nutritionists, retailers, researchers, and consumers—to collectively examine how AI is helping to improve the U.S. food system. Click here to register.
Cook’s Nook at SXSW: Empowering Minority Founders in a Food Revolution
Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Fairmont Hotel, Congressional B
Join Joi Chevalier, Roman Gonzalez, Tam Hawkins, and Edwin Marty to discuss how under-represented business founders in the natural CPG, mobile food vendor, food entrepreneur, and food growing space find resources and communities. Click here to register.