Christine Manning has a Kickstarter fundraising project going to fund a new incubator kitchen for Toronto’s small food producers. Manning’s business Manning Canning is ready to move into its own commercial kitchen. Manning explained to GFR, on the phone from a family trip to Alberta, that when she found a space that could hold two commercial kitchens, she decided to create the Manning Canning Rental Kitchen project and try and get Toronto’s artisanal food community behind it.
Manning has already signed up some would be renters, including Evis Chirohamhangu who makes Mnandi Pies in the tradition of her native Zimbabwe, and Stewart Robinson whose sausage making company Crown and Anchor, is equally interested. On Manning’s blog, Robinson says, “The local food community is a growing scene in Toronto. We need something that’s dedicated to small batch artisanal products, where you don’t feel like second banana and you’re confident they’re going to be around for a long time.”
Manning’s Kickstarter initiative, at the time of this posting, was at nearly half the funds. To find out more click here, or watch the video below. If the project proves successful, Manning hopes to expand it to a second location in the west end of Toronto.
Malcolm Jolley is a founding editor of Good Food Revolution and Executive Director of Good Food Media, the company that publishes it. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook.