Food Safety and Culinary Incubator

culinary incubator kitchen

The LU Culinary Incubator (CI) is a project to empower and help new and existing food entrepreneurs succeed. We target those who are unable to afford the equipment and facilities needed to expand their business. The CI is for small farmers, producers, entrepreneurs and processors to develop new value-added and other food proeduct in compliant facility without the investment of a commercial kitchen.

We have two ways to join - as a CI Member or a CI Associate. The CI program was developed to help small farmers, growers, processors and new entrepreneurs develop a new successful business. If you don't fit into those categories you can join as an Associate. The CI Membership includes some food safety trainings and regular consulting services, associates do not receive trainings. However, both memberships include advice and guidance to help you. We rseserve the right of refusal.

Example of CI uses include canning, processing small batches (salsa, pickles, jams) cottage foods, holiday cookies, valu-added products, catering, making large quantities for home consumption, baking, special events and more.



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Hourly Operational Use Fees

(no additional charge for appliances):

Primarily for processing or daily manufacturing ¼ day, 2 hours  

$25 CI member, $30 Associates and  Occasional, morning or afternoon

½ day (4 hours)            

$45 CI member, $55 Associates and  Occasional, morning or afternoon

Full day (8 hours)        

$70 CI member, $90 Associates and 

Occasional (up to 2 consecutive days)

Evening (5pm to 9 pm)  

$50 CI member, $75 Associates and  Occasional, anytime after 5 pm Equipment rental fees apply.

We also offer equipment for off site use such as cambro’s, beverage dispensers, canopy, coffee machines and air pots and more.

The membership and rentals fees covers costs for cleaning and sanitizing supplies, utilities, linens, hand and laundry soaps, CI operations, and some trainings for qualified members.  Fees are non-refundable.  An annual contract with LU is required prior to use.  Rental fees address facility use and appliance rental fees.    Associate Culinary Incubator fees (in addition to rental fees)

Culinary Incubator Member                          

$150 annually, 2 year limit  

Culinary Incubator Associate                         

$250 annually, includes for profit and non-profit,  Kitchen use > 6 times annually 

Occasional Use                                                

$50 annual fee, max. use 6 times annually 

Cleaning, if applicable                                    


Mobile Unit Servicing Area agreement Commissary (required by most inspectors), no fee for sign off.

Mobile Unit Servicing Area Member

$100 annually w/o Culinary Incubator access includes gray water dump, potable water fill, trash disposal $100/annual membership plus hourly rates.  Ware washing and food prep require a one of the three memberships, see above.  



Cindy Borgwordt
Research Specialist
124 Foster Hall
P: (573) 681-5973


900 Leslie Boulevard
Lorenzo J. Greene Hall, Suite B
Jefferson City, MO 65101