Welcome to Indy's Kitchen Website!
Indy's Kitchen was created in 2010 for food Entrepreneurs
to start and grow their food businesses.
We provide fully equipped commercial kitchens, business training for food Entrepreneurs, and assistance to find
markets for their products.
Indy's Kitchen fosters a community of like-minded people who celebrate and support each other's business ownership goals.
We would love to welcome you as a member of Indy's Kitchen!
The first step: Complete the Membership Application on the Sidebar. We will contact you to discuss your business goals and explain how the kitchen works. If you decide the kitchen is a good fit for you, we'll give you the Rental Agreement.
Next: You return the Rental Agreement with the $200 membership fee. Then the real work begins. We'll help you get licensed with the Health Department and obtain your insurance. We'll work together to create an Action Plan for your first few months in business and meet with you weekly to monitor your progress.
As a member of the kitchen: You'll have access to the kitchen 24/7. We will hellp with social media postings and add your information to our list of Entrepreneurs. You will have access to the dining room for tastings or employee meetings. You'll be encouraged to attend monthly meetings with topics of interest to our business owners.
If you have a product that people rave about and you want to start a food business, we would love to be part of your journey. You'll find the support you need at Indy's Kitchen! We look forward to hearing your business idea.
Linda Gilkerson, Owner/Manager
Marla Tate, Kitchen Manager
2442 North Central Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Sharing our customers' stories......
One of the best parts of operating Indy's Kitchen is hearing the stories of our customers. We want to share one story with you. Laura and Cory, owners of Natural Born Juicers, already had a stand at the City Market but they needed a place to do their production. They became a customer of Indy's Kitchen in February 2013 and worked here until May of 2014. They quickly became favorites in the kitchen. They loved the food truck owners so much they decided to buy their own truck. We were sad to see them move to their Mass Ave location but we'll always be proud that we had a small part in their big success. Enjoy their story in Laura's words.
Corey and I started working together in 2000 at NYC's first Juice Bar in SoHo for this amazing man Shelly "Lucky" Stein and when it closed we wanted to continue what we were doing because it was so much fun. I am also a very political person and I really believed that feeding people good nutrition would be good for the planet so it made sense to us to try to continue Shelly's legacy after Lucky's closed. Natural Born Juicers was a little edgy… we didn’t want to be all Zen. We need a little freedom to be loud.
We have a lot of things on the horizon. A north side location is already in the works and there are a few other situations we are working on. It is most important to me that any future Natural Born Juicers won't High Pressure Process our Cold Pressed Juice. There is so much shady juice out there and so many companies are using High Pressure Processing which is a process that sterilizes the juice and gives the "raw" juice a 45 day shelf life. It makes me so mad that raw juice is finally a normal thing in our culture and so many companies are taking shortcuts and ruining it just as we have brought it to the forefront. I've been in this industry for 16 years and I consider myself a "Juice Activist.” These companies make me angry to no end which I turn around and use for motivation.
I wasn't ever a goal oriented person in life. I was always comfortable with that and always went where the wind took me. I was always creative and although I got good grades, I wasn't ever motivated by getting a good job or fitting in or having material things. So my approach to business is really through art and political perspective as opposed to a business perspective. I view my business as an ongoing performance art piece and hopefully the result is that our community is happier and healthier.