NURISH is a business incubator specifically geared to supporting DC’s budding food entrepreneurs. Our program includes a licensed commercial kitchen, a shared event space, a pop-up restaurant for rotating concepts, business education, youth foodforce development, mentoring partnerships, and creative initiatives to promote small, local restaurants and restaurateurs, as well as to promote the creative culture of food. Some of our initiatives include:

  • StartUp Kitchen: an eight-week rapid incubator for culinary entrepreneurs including formal mentorship with a D.C.-based business owner and opportunity to partner with a local restaurant to temporarily operate their food concept in a restaurant setting without the risk and investment normally required.
  • StartUp Market: a temporary one-day market that provides a venue for food and craft entrepreneurs to sell their products, network with other vendors, and build a customer following. Just like the Kitchen model, consumers will be asked to provide feedback on products.
  • Nurish Cafe: a cafe in the Anacostia Arts Center in Historic Anacostia that will serve quality coffee drinks, beer & wine, healthy, fresh sandwiches, salads, charcuterie plates, and pastries as well as provide a space for on-the-job training and culinary spotlights for members of the NURISH food incubator program.

Jessica O'Neal of JLO Kitchens, Stacey Price of Think Local First DC, and Kera Carpenter, Founder of NURISH and Owner of Domku Bar & Cafe at the StartUp Market event in December 2012.

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