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Cooking up life skills in Mobile

There’s a new place in town where food entrepreneurs can hone their craft. The Continental Commissary Kitchen is a shared kitchen incubator space, designed to help community members develop business acumen and to provide food entrepreneurs access to the commercial kitchen space needed to succeed. 

The project was initially funded through the US department of treasury's ARPA funds through the Mobile County Commission, and then established by the Hispanic American Business Association of the Gulf Coast (HABAGC). The facility features meeting and learning spaces and a fully-certified commercial kitchen. With the goal of providing positive economic impact for individuals who use the space and the community, the space was designed to increase cultural richness to the south Alabama community by introducing new cuisines and help small businesses succeed and grow.

Inspiration Kitchen helps businesses grow  

The Inspiration Kitchen, sponsored by Spire, is a fully-certified commercial kitchen that provides food entrepreneurs with the proper space for food preparation —an essential for launching and growing their businesses.

The Spire Inspiration Kitchen features: 

  • Six-burner gas stoves
  • Convection ovens
  • Warming equipment
  • Gas grills
  • Gas fryer
  • Walk-in coolers and dry storage
  • Washing stations
  • In addition the kitchen is fully equipped with utensils, and provides all cleaning equipment and materials (if necessary)

“The very best chefs cook with natural gas—and the Inspiration Kitchen provides up-and-coming chefs and entrepreneurs the chance to hone their skills and get their businesses off the ground,” said Monica Garsed, director of economic development in Spire’s southeast region. 


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To learn more about the Continental Commissary Kitchen, check out their Facebook page.