SPICE Kitchen Incubator Helps Refugees Succeed In Business
Posted by Ben McAdams
December 2, 2014
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Hundreds of refugees call Salt Lake County home. Many arrive in
Utah with few resources, but come with valuable knowledge of farming and
cooking learned in their home countries. Salt Lake
County teamed up with the International Rescue Committee on the SPICE (Supporting
the Pursuit of Innovative Culinary Entrepreneurs) Kitchen Incubator. This
program supports and trains refugees to provide for themselves using culinary skills
they already possess.
We recently unveiled a brand new facility
that will give SPICE’s refugee entrepreneurs the space they need to
prepare food and develop new skills. Thanks to the support of
the private and non-profit sectors, the new kitchen is well on its way to
having all the equipment needed to be fully functional.
There are currently ten people enrolled in
the SPICE Kitchen Incubator program, and the new kitchen space is enabling us
to expand. Next year, 28 participants will be a part of the program, ready to
SPICE Kitchen Incubator is a stepping stone,
once the participants gain a working knowledge of what it takes to run a food
business, they can set off on their own and be totally self-sufficient.
I’m excited to see the
different businesses that will evolve from this program, and even more excited
to taste new flavors and foods. Visit the SPICE Kitchen
Incubator website to see how you can help.
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