The Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga empowers and equips food-centric startups with the space, knowledge, equipment, and connections needed to begin their business. 


Our current KIC Members are: 

Billy Joe’s Cookies

BBQ Rowe and Catering

Chattanooga Chuck Wagon

Chef Express + Chef Express Cafe

Chef Kena’s Cajun Cooking

Cheiman Tea 

Oh My Goodness Chef Chasty Seafood and More


The Break Spa

Tennessee United

Umami Catering Company

Wings Tot Tots Food Truck


For updates on weekly pop-ups and special events follow us on Instagram and Facebook @KitchenIncChatt


Powered by LAUNCH and located at 5704 Marlin Rd Chattanooga, TN Building 6000.





Our History 

In 2017, LAUNCH began evaluating what a kitchen incubator would look like in Chattanooga, TN. We spent time getting to know the needs of entrepreneurs in the food industry and researching how kitchen incubators have operated in other cities. We found that shared kitchen spaces and mentoring programs increase an entrepreneur's chance of success. This is why we started the Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga. 


The KIC paves the way for economic growth in minority communities by

Creating accessibility and affordability for its clients

Encouraging collaboration within our ecosystem

Empowering new businesses to build a following

Removing barriers for start-ups, caterers, food truck owners, and product manufacturers.

Ultimately, the Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga can strengthen businesses in the foodservice industry.


After unearthing this great need in our city, we set out to find the perfect space. Through the generosity of Urban Story Ventures, the Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga has already set up shop in this incredible 7950 sq. ft former culinary school. We are equipped to accommodate our tenants in this fully operational shared commercial kitchen and bakery. 


The KIC provides space for:

A food truck commissary and market

Cooking classes

Pop-Up events

Distribution programs

Kitchen rental for monthly & hourly tenants

6-9 month course for new food entrepreneurs

Increased community access to food

Laboratory for businesses to experiment, pivot, and determine their next steps


The original plan was to open doors in 2021, but in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we fast-tracked and put this space to use in May of 2020. Through partnerships with the CFGC, Footprint Foundation, Urban Story Ventures, and many others in our community, we were able to provide over 27,000 meals to at-risk seniors and income to 9 local small business owners. We titled this pilot effort The LAUNCH Provisions Project. 


Since then, the Good Kitchen supplied us with 6,000 more meals to be delivered across Chattanooga. The Chattanooga Area Food Bank currently donates 500 boxes of food each week for us to distribute, and we are gearing up for another round of deliveries to seniors!



Join us as we build hope and equity for women and minority entrepreneurs.



 The LAUNCH   Provisions Project

The LAUNCH Provisions Project provided small foodservice businesses with much-needed income and providing meals to seniors in the Chattanooga area in the summer of 2020. Every week our amazing team serves 2,000 meals prepared by these local food business owners: Christine Nguyen - Mama Crunk's Pies, Mahogany Hudgins - Wings Top Tots, Mark Holland - Belaire Catering, Pat Rowe - BBQ Rowe and Catering, and Terrence Locke - Chef Express. We are also partnering with LAUNCH CHA alumni Jamaal Macon of Exclusive Cleaning Professionals and April Ashley of Freedom From Laundry to keep our space sparkling clean. 


We are taking great care to follow COVID-19 best practices and procedures at every turn. The health and safety of every person involved in The LAUNCH Provisions Project is our number one consideration. For this reason, we are limiting the number of people in the kitchen at one time and each delivery volunteer is given masks, gloves, & confirmed to be healthy with normal body temperature.

$25 =

10 meals

$50 =

20 meals

$100 =


$250 =

Kitchen Equipment

Create More Opportunities for Small Business Owners

This project would not be possible without the generous donations of our community.