Test kitchen with mixers, spray dryer, ovens, range, and vegetables

Test Kitchen

Do you have an idea for a food, beverage, or natural product that is ready to move out of your home kitchen, but is not quite ready for large scale production? Want to dial in parameters for contract manufacturing, explore an unfamiliar piece of kitchen equipment, or make a small trial run of your product? Do you have some knowledge of food safety principles or prior experience in a commercial kitchen or advanced manufacturing setting?

The Test Kitchen is a maker space for entrepreneurs, foodies, formulators, molecular gastronomists, business owners, chef-scientists, and other epicurean experimenters. Our goal is to be a stepping off point between your home kitchen and a production facility such as Blue Ridge Food Ventures, providing you the opportunity to use well-maintained commercial and non-traditional kitchen equipment at reasonable hourly rates. Our SOPs and face-to-face equipment familiarization will help you get started.


Visit the Kitchen Use & Equipment Rental page for current rates, and don’t forget to check out the FAQ. Contact asheville@ncbionetwork.org or call 828-782-2329 for more information.