The Central Kitchen

Restaurants, food truck operators and catering businesses access the Food Venture Center for their off-premise enterprises. New food entrepreneurs and farmers learn how to scale their recipes and prototype products using commercial equipment with the assistance of our product development and food science professional staff. Many businesses utilize the kitchen during their start-up phase to develop and market their products before deciding if they should move into a restaurant space or set up a commercial kitchen of their own.

Products:

  • Prepared Foods
  • Pasta
  • Baked Goods
  • Pretzels
  • No-Bake Snacks

Equipment:

  • 5 Stainless Steel Tables
  • 1 Cutting Board Table
  • 3 Wooden Bakery Tables 6ft.
  • Conventional Oven with 10 Burner Stove (Vulcan Timber)
  • 2 Slicers (Hobart)
  • 3 Manual Can Openers (#2 Edlund)
  • Blast Chiller
  • Cool Down Room (6′ x 10′)
  • 9 Convection Ovens (Vulcan and Snorkled)
  • 2 Sanitizing Stations Containing 3 Bay Sinks
  • 80 Quart Mixer (M 802)
  • 60 Quart Mixer (Univex)
  • 10 Quart Mixer (Hobart D300)
  • 10 Quart Mixer (A-200f7)
  • 2 Scales up to 30lb (Pinn Cm)
  • Packaging & Labeling room (containing 4, 8′ stainless tables)

Thermal Processing Room

ACEnet’s staff members, licensed by the Better Process Control School, provide training to new entrepreneurs in areas of thermal processing, sanitation, and food safety procedures. Staff are certified and available to conduct pH analysis on products.

Products:

  • Salad Dressings
  • Apple Sauce
  • Salsas
  • Sauces
  • Condiments

Equipment:

  • 3 Bay Sink
  • Automated 20 PS Boiler and Condensate Return System
  • 3 Steam Kettles totaling 200 Gallons
  • Vertical Chopper
  • Buffalo Chopper (84186 Hobart)
  • Electric Tilt Skillet (TS – 106)
  • Automatic Can Opener (Edlund 610)
  • Twin Head Simplex Volumetric Piston Filler

Warehouse

The Food Venture Center Warehouse receives and stores deliveries and serves as a distribution space for many of our specialty food producers.

Equipment:

  • Walk-in Coolers
  • Walk-in Freezers
  • Warehouse Storage Cages
  • Distribution Space
  • Pallet Jacks
  • Drive-up Loading Dock