On Wednesday June 10th, Loudoun Economic Development welcomed Frontier Kitchen, a food business incubator for up-and-coming concepts, with the opening of its new headquarters in Chantilly.
“Loudoun County is a fertile ground for food businesses to test new concepts and strive toward their definitions of success. The culinary industries are constantly evolving, recently we’ve seen a market shift to locally-owned, locally-sourced options, which are perfect for the culture and quality of life in Loudoun County,” Loudoun Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer explained. “Frontier Kitchen offers coffee shops, food trucks, caterers, bakers, farmers markets and online food retailers a quality commercial kitchen in a collaborative, safe and regulated environment.
“Some of Loudoun’s most iconic food businesses started in shared kitchens, and we’re excited to watch the next generation of #LoudounPossible success sprout out of Frontier Kitchens.”
“Frontier Kitchen fills an immediate need within our small business ecosystem, helping support entrepreneurs who are developing business-to-business or direct-to-consumer food concepts. With low margins, tight timelines and a menu of logistical challenges, launching a new food concept can be daunting,” Loudoun Small Business and Entrepreneurship Manager Danelle Hayer said. “Frontier Kitchen is more than just a proving ground; it offers targeted business resources and veteran restaurant mentorship to its members, creating a recipe for viability and success.”
At Wednesday’s opening of Frontier’s second location in Chantilly, 14 new food business concepts offered samples to visitors. In total, more than 50 Frontier Kitchen members have a new space and important mentorship and business services to support entry into the competitive food industry. The current roster at Frontier Kitchen includes:
- Amazing Grace Pet Food: (natural pet food);
- Bagel Joy (New York-style bagels);
- Bar Therapy: (farm-to-glass beverages);
- Chipkick Cookies (traditional and custom desserts);
- DMV Charcuterie by Jamie (charcuterie boxes, boards and platters);
- Family Guyz (comfort food);
- Franks BBQ (barbecue);
- Foggy Mountain Pasta (organic pasta);
- Kindi Thai Chicken Rice (Thai chicken-based entrees);
- Nanny’s Louisiana Kitchen (Cajun, Creole and soul food);
- Nubian Sugar (custom desserts);
- Oh Graze Away (charcuterie boxes and boards);
- Rice Cultures (Japanese rice-based desserts);
- Taste the Legacy of Love (meal prep and catering).
“Frontier Kitchen came to Loudoun to support and serve those entrepreneurs ready to accomplish their dream. We have a beautiful kitchen for them to work from, but our real value is in our on-staff consultants that are available seven days a week to support during challenges, teach how to overcome business difficulties and create an environment for success,” Frontier Kitchens CEO Brenda Cromer explained. “The foodies in Loudoun County know the best foods and want to be at the forefront of the next great idea in the food and beverage space. One of those foodies is dreaming up that idea right now.”
For more information on Frontier Kitchen and Loudoun’s other startup resources, please visit LoudounSmallBiz.org.
Image courtesy of Frontier Kitchen, photography by Blue Lion Multimedia.