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Many of our members need additional support to begin their culinary journey. Please consider donating to out scholarship fund.

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VIRTUAL TOUR

Behind the scenes.

Thanks to our friends at Where to Eat 239 for shooting this great virtual tour of our new commercial kitchen facility!

We are LIVE from the Culinary Accelerator. SWFL's brand new state-of-the-art commercial kitchen in the heart of Immokallee City!Watch us as we tour through this beautiful facility and learn about memberships, business coaching, venture funding opportunities and also learn about their Grand Opening, Culinary Connection Day, Wed March 28th.#WhereToEat239 #CulinaryAccelerator

Posted by Where To Eat 239 on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What is the Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee

The Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee is honored to join this vibrant Florida community by providing a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen open to a membership base. Depending on the membership level, members may select from a range of customized hours and plans to prepare, cook and package their culinary creations for distribution.

Wait, we’re not done. We go one step further. We provide the possibility of venture funds and business assistance for our members to truly see their culinary creations become a reality.

Learn more about the Culinary Accelerator or contact us to apply.

Why Immokalee? Culinary Accelerator Immokalee

(pronounced: ih-moh-kuh-lee)

Immokalee, a garden where everything grows, was chosen as the location because it’s Collier County’s agricultural center and one of the most vital suppliers of the nation’s winter fresh fruits and vegetables. Some of the leading agribusinesses in the nation are located in Immokalee, from Lipman Brothers, King Ranch, and Gargiulo. In addition, there is great access to the best food and agricultural brain power and experience in the nation with both a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Research Center and University of Florida IFAS Extension within a few miles from the Accelerator.

Oh, and there is even a state-of-the-art University of Florida run and staffed food science laboratory inside the Accelerator.

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We've helped several members with the lengthy and complicated food licensing process, acidified certificates and more.

Our managers have nearly 50 years of food experience and we have a food scientist, Matt Krug of UF/IFAS-Southwest Florida Research & Education Center, who...

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Chefs, food startups and food business founders.
Did you know that passion, realizing what you don't know and "no BS" are among the six traits investors look for in investment-ready food startups?

If you're seeking angel funding, read more about how...

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We’re excited about Carinas hot sauce production beginning at the Accelerator.

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Culinary Accelerator at Immokalee6 days ago

Congrats to our member Carina Carinas Hot sauce!!

She passed her final inspection yesterday and her product is on the shelves at Wynn's Market today!

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Culinary Accelerator at Immokalee7 days ago

Are you stuck in the 9-to-5 grind and considering turning your culinary passion into a food business?

Make your dream a reality! Sign up for Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute's eight-week course in October.

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Launching a #FoodBusiness is difficult & expensive. That's why #chefs & #FoodTrepreneurs turn to #CulinaryIncubators. We have 50 years of experience, so come visit us & see what we can do for your #FoodBiz! Read why #culinary #incubators work via @eater:
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#Florida is known for its #seafood, so why not up your basic #SpaghettiRecipe with #lobster? This is one of the most ordered dishes at Che Fico, @bonappetit's No. 7 #BestNewRestaurant in America. #BAHot10 Get the recipe here: https://t.co/oKFFrWArPc
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Summer time is a great time for #tacos. The next time you make tacos or #enchiladas, try this bright, flavorful #CauliflowerRice with it for a #LowCarb delicious #SideDish. Here's the #recipe by @pipercooks: https://t.co/q5N9IEfrHm https://t.co/YWv3Gm9n3K FloridaCulinary photo
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#Chefs, #FoodStartups & #FoodBiz #founders. Passion, realizing what you don't know & no BS are among the 6 traits #investors look for in #InvestmentReady #FoodBusinesses. If you're seeking #AngelFunding, read more about it from the @intertwinegroup: https://t.co/GdikfhNzRd
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