We’ll say this much about the de Blasio administration: They might be working hand-in-hand with developers to change Brooklyn forever, but they also at least show a passing interest in helping out burgeoning entrepreneurs. One day after we learned that aspiring lady bosses are getting a boost, here’s the news that Bed-Stuy is getting Brooklyn’s first culinary incubator, a lab space for chefs, caterers and aspiring food geniuses space to cook and create.
Like a traditional incubator, which provides a safe, warm space for chicks before they hatch, the Brooklyn FoodWorks that opens this summer will be proving a space for food professionals to grow their business and learn, according to DNA Info. The incubator will be located in Bed-Stuy’s Pfizer Building, which you might remember from being cast in a starring role in PBS’ investigation into whether artisanal food could save American manufacturing.
The space, when open, will have commercial kitchen space, provide business mentoring and co-working space, as well as classes in topics like social media. First social media lesson: Do not talk about “the Jews.” The plan is to open Brooklyn FoodWorks this summer, although there’s no hard opening date and there are no prices set for the classes or usage of the space. If you’re worried you’re too poor to take advantage of the space, you’ll be happy to learn that there’s $100,000 set aside for a need-based scholarship program. So, the only thing stopping you from grabbing a piece of that Brooklyn culinary glory is that you don’t know the first thing about cooking. Better get on that.