About Doug Marranci

Founding Member and Director of Operations at PREP A Unique Shared Kitchen Facility in Atlanta Georgia for Specialty Food Producers and Dedicated Commissary Kitchens for Food Trucks

Essay Contest – Atlanta’s Next Culinary Adventurer – Win a PREP Membership

Membership Essay Contes

Specialty Food Producer  Essay Contest
Atlanta’s Next Culinary Adventurer

PREP Essay Contest

Win a culinary entrepreneur package worth  $9000.00

PREP Cook Create Connect—Atlanta’s food business accelerator and unique shared kitchen facility—invites all of our soon-to-be-famous creative foodie folks to join our essay contest and share their stories! You are the ones who bring that delicious dish or item to gatherings, potlucks, and parties, and keep hearing from friends that you need to start a business and sell it.

You have dreams of being culinary entrepreneurs but find that there is very little support and information on how to get started. This is your chance to start your company! The only rule? Your food product should be an idea that can be permitted under the Georgia Department of Agriculture and contain less than 3% meat!

The writer of the winning essay, hosted by prep, will receive the following:

PREP Cook Create Connect Department of Agriculture Membership $5,050.00
(including guidance with regulations and permitting)
• PREP assistance with Social Media & Search engine marketing & SEO $250.00
• Business development session with PREP Director of Operations – $275.00
• Prager Law – Consultation on branding/trademark search – $1000.00
• ACityDiscount Credit for small wares and utensils – $500.00
• Barcode Warehouse label design/printing – $500.00
• Georgia Restaurant Association – 1 year membership – $350.00
• Bennett Graphics packaging design/printing – $200.00
• Gordon Food Service Credit for food products – $200.00
• Session working with Gordon Foods Chef to develop and perfect the recipe
• Blue Hominy Public Relations 1 hour consultation $150.00
• Georgia Grown 1 year Membership $150.00
• Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs to be used for AG Permitting – $150.00
• Eagle Training Resources ServSafe training class $150.00
• Session with a SCORE business Mentor

Essay Contest win a PREP membership

To find out more about the essay contest, go to www.PREPatl.com/essay

 

PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind
to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
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PREP Atlanta announces $7 million expansion – AJC Article

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PREP Atlanta – The explosion of micro food businesses in Atlanta has given rise to a multitude of shared kitchen spaces that provide production space, resources and guidance to area culinary entrepreneurs…

Such growth continues with PREP’s announcement today of expansion plans. The Atlanta-based shared kitchen facility and culinary incubator has acquired 68,000 square feet of space at the office park adjacent to its current facility at 3300 Marjan Drive, near the intersection of Interstates 85 and 285.
Plans call for creating a campus-style enviroment for its culinary tenants.The first phase of the development is a $7 million project to convert one of two buildings at the Presidential Commons office park into 33,000 square feet of culinary production space called PREP2.

Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2017. The company hopes to make the space available to PREP members by mid-2017. No timeline has been set for converting the second of the two buildings into additional space for culinary use.“After two and a half years of operation, we’ve been able to accelerate companies that they get to a point where they are now wanting their own facility,” said Mitch Jaffe, PREP co-founder, CEO and CFO.“PREP2 is the next level space for our successful companies where they can now have their own dedicated 24-hour space.”PREP2 will house 19 mobile food service operators and will also have

PREP Shared Kitchen, Food Truck Commissary Kitchens Expansion

16 commercial production kitchens for small-to- medium-sized businesses in need of a manufacturing facility, catering or central commissary operations, Jaffe said.

The shared kitchen facility and food business accelerator currently houses 112 small food companies. Members include specialty food producers, catering companies and mobile food service operators.

Members are given 24-hour access to food production and storage space. They can also utilize a business center and conference area and save time and money by using PREP’s in-house procurement program to purchase wholesale food and supplies.

The culinary industry job count at PREP is estimated to be about 350 jobs. PREP2 is expected to add between 250 and 400 jobs to Atlanta’s culinary industry.

PREP was founded by Jaffe, his wife Michele Jaffe, Doug Marranci and JR Santos. It opened doors in June 2014 and is now the largest food truck commissary in the Southeast, having played a role in launching more than 40 food trucks.

PREP has also helped in the start-up of 110 locally produced food products and more than 30 catering and prepared meal companies in Atlanta.

Among the local food businesses who got their start at PREP are Bellina Alimentari and Nine Mile Station. Both companies worked out of PREP for training and menu development prior to opening in Ponce City Market. Other names from Atlanta’s food scene who used PREP as a starting point include Refuge Coffee Company, Wanderlust Coffee, Queen of Cream, Emerald City Bagels, Verdant Kitchens, Real Meal Delivery, Sifted, Homespun ATL and Harvest Soul.

“The story of PREP Atlanta, to me, is the story of the companies we help,” Jaffe said. “They came to PREP in their infancy and we helped accelerate them.”

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This article was written by Ligaya Figueras and is in the Atlanta Journal Constitution – Read original article Click Here

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PREP Atlanta is a platform for Atlanta’s creative food entrepreneurs to achieve their aspirations in this local food centric area. Consumers want to see lists of ingredients that they can pronounce.  Many producers started after making products in their homes for family members with specific dietary restrictions. Word spread about these wonderful products and a business was born.

If you are ready to launch your food business, or accelerate your business to the next level, PREP is the place for you.  Give Michele a call @ 404-920-4150 Today!

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PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind
to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – Truck & Tap – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

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PREP’s Culture is People! Shared Kitchens – Food Producers

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People make working at PREP’s Shared Kitchen Fun!

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PREP’s Shared Kitchen is always full of every type of food entrepreneur from Bakers, Caterers, Specialty Food Producers, Juice Manufacturers, food trucks and many more!

There is never a dull moment in PREP’s Shared Kitchen. You have the support of more than 100 food start up owners to share ideas, resources and success.  More than 200 businesses have been launched at PREP.  400+ jobs have been created here.  Don’t you want to be a part of this too?

 

Food Producers, Caterers and Food Truck Commissary Kitchens
Starting your own food business with PREP is a breeze.  We help with licensing and permitting.   Our website and social media is seen by thousands of people each week.  PREP has relationships with third party vendors who can help with any needs from recipe development, food safety training, packaging, labeling, marketing and much more!

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Bring out your ideas for that sauce, candy, jelly, beverage or mama’s famous recipe and launch your food business today.

PREP is a platform for Atlanta’s creative food entrepreneurs to achieve their aspirations in this local food centric area. Consumers want to see lists of ingredients that they can pronounce.  Many producers started after making products in their homes for family members with specific dietary restrictions. Word spread about these wonderful products and a business was born.

If you are ready to launch your food business, or accelerate your business to the next level, PREP is the place for you.  Give Michele a call @ 404-920-4150 Today!

 

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PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind
to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – Truck & Tap – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

Food truck creates jobs for Refugees in Clarkston!

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PREP Atlanta is proud that Refuge Coffee Truck operates out of our facility!

This Food Truck Serves Up Gourmet Food And Drinks — And Jobs For Refugees

Anjali Enjeti for NPR (click here for article)

 

Refuge Coffee is a nonprofit gourmet food truck that employees refugees resettled in Clarkston, Ga., and provides job training and networking opportunities within the community.

On a bright, blustery October morning in Clarkston, Ga., the sweet aroma of baked treats and brewing coffee flows out the windows of the fire engine-red food truck known as Refuge Coffee Co. parked at a street corner. A dozen or so eager customers mill about, converse and gradually fall into line.

Chalkboard signs announce the menu: latte, cappuccino, chai latte, espresso and hot chocolate, as well as a soda of the day, iced matcha latte, and a “shakerato” (espresso with simple syrup, shaken, over ice). For breakfast seekers, croissants, muffins, morning buns and scones await. Wedges of tomato and goat cheese quiche, crunchy Nepali chatpate and savory sambusa (triangle pastries stuffed with lentils) are readied for the lunch crowd.

Three refugee-baristas are buzzing about inside the truck. Amina Ahyaoui, 32, arrived from Casablanca, Morocco, in 2014. Tha Hlei Iang, 31, is from the Chin state in Myanmar. She spent four years in Malaysia with her husband and daughter before they made their way to Clarkston in 2011. Ahmad Alzoukani, 31, is a pharmacist from Damascus, Syria. He came to Clarkston in September of last year.

 

(Left to right) Ahmad Alzoukani, Tha Hlei Iang, Ndahimwa Leon Shombana and Amina Ahyaoui all came to Clarkston, Ga., as resettled refugees and embody the town’s international vibe.

Though Iang and Ahyaoui are trainees who only began working at Refuge Coffee a few weeks ago, they pour and stir and make change like seasoned professionals. Iang laughs when she says she doesn’t even drink coffee or tea, just juice and water. Ahyaoui loves coffee, but enjoys socializing with the customers more. Alzoukani, who has been with Refuge Coffee for a little over a year, is quick to point out his specialty. “I make the best cappuccinos,” he says.

The truck sits in a parking lot in front of a garage that once belonged to a used car dealership. Some customers take their orders to go or sit outside at tables. Others meander to the cozy cafe space inside the garage. Red and turquoise tables and plush sofas offer customers plenty of space for dining, communing or taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi.

Shortly after noon, 43-year-old Ndahimwa Leon Shombana, Refuge Coffee’s manager since May, makes his way to the garage with the purposeful gait of the high school teacher he once was. He checks in with other staff and will soon begin his shift on the truck. Shombana, who arrived in Clarkston in November 2012, hails from the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ahyaoui, Iang, Alzoukani,and Shombana embody Clarkston’s international vibe. In the 1990s, the U.S. State Department deemed this northeast suburb 11 miles from downtown Atlanta, with its low cost of living and easy access to public transportation, an ideal location for refugee resettlement. Some 13,000 residents call Clarkston’s 1.4 square miles home. Half are foreign-born — most of them, like the employees at Refuge Coffee, are refugees. They come from everywhere from Afghanistan, Bhutan and Burma, to Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, and, more recently, Syria.

None of the baristas spoke English when they arrived in the U.S. They take tuition-free, English-as-a-second-language classes at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Learning the language has become their highest priority. “Imagine people who come to this country without a word of English,” says Shombana. “That person cannot express himself. That person is not free.”

 

A sign outside the Refuge Coffee food truck says “Welcome” in (top to bottom) Amharic, Somali, Swahili, Arabic, Sudanese, Vietnamese and Nepali.

 

Alzoukani agrees. “What I discovered when I came here was that without language, you can not work. With language, you can do anything.”

Today, Refuge Coffee employs two full-time and three part-time staffers, as well as four full-time barista trainees. The red truck is permanently stationed in front of the garage — it’s open six days a week, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Alzoukani, who insists Atlanta traffic is much milder than traffic in the Middle East, drives the second truck — used for catering — to weddings, corporate events and even movie sets in the greater Atlanta area. On the set of the HBO movie Confirmation in July 2015, actress Kerry Washington, who starred as Anita Hill, thanked Refuge Coffee on Instagram for serving the cast and crew.

Income from sales covers only half of Refuge Coffee’s current operating costs, with private donations and grants making up the rest. Though the Refuge Coffee team hopes to generate more sales in the future, it is currently facing a more dire issue — location.

When the used car lot went out of business, the property on which Refugee Coffee is located went into foreclosure. Refuge Coffee must vacate the premises by Dec. 1 or purchase the property with funds it hopes to raise in a crowd-sourcing campaign (click here to support Refuge coffee)

Shombana remains optimistic, though. With the support of the community of Clarkston, “the future of Refuge Coffee,” he says, “is bright.”


Anjali Enjeti is an award-winning essayist, journalist and literary critic based in Atlanta.

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PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind
to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – Truck & Tap – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

Find Locally Produced Specialty Foods – Candler Park Market

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Local Specialty Foods made and sold in Atlanta!

PREP Atlanta removes the barriers to entry for entrepreneurs who want to start a specialty food business!

Today I had the pleasure to meet with Greg Hutchins and Robin Santos at Candler Park Market.

Recently I sent a request to Greg, one of the owners of the market asking for some time to get some advice and opinions on how a grocer feels about local specialty food products. I wanted to learn what they are looking for when selecting the right foods for the market.

My goal was to gain a better understanding so I could share this information with PREP Members.  I was thrilled when Greg wanted to know about PREP.  I could go on all day, however Robin actually gave a wonderful description of what we do here. being in the specialty food business herself!

Joining us was April Dubois with Mixte Cuisine.  April produces a wonderful artisanal flavored Ghee at PREP.

When going to the Market, I already knew that they have the best Deli sandwiches around! Mitch and Michele Jaffe, Partners at PREP visit the market often.

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Greg and Robin shared with me that they love to choose local products.  Here are the to 6 areas that all local specialty food producers must be aware of in order to be successful.

 

  1. Consistency of product is most important.  Customers expect to buy the exact same product every time.
  2. Pricing must be realistic.  No doubt that producers want to make money, however keep in mind that purveyors need to make a profit in order to keep their stores open.  Producers can’t take the price they sell their products and expect the store to add on top of that.  If that small jar of delights ends up with a retail price of 18.00, it may never leave the shelves.
  3. Communication is the key.  Many people approach the stores with a wonderful product or idea, then are never heard from again.  Make sure you can not only run your production, but make plans to have help so you can do the marketing and follow up that is required.
  4. Consistent business operations are a must.  Set up great systems for communication with markets, calling the stores, receiving orders and fulfilling orders.  No shop owner wants to have to tell a customer that they don’t have the product today, and don’t know when it will be in. (Greg shared a story of a product that was promised last Friday. No delivery or communication 6 days later.
  5. How about some dedication?  Many small producers start out at Farmers Markets, then grow to local markets, then hopefully hit the big time.  When you go big time, don’t forget the retailers that supported you in the early days.  Make sure those who supported you early on are always well taken care of.   Karma is a really good thing!
  6. Be serious about building your business.  A hobbyist probably won’t be picked up by stores.  Producers have to have skin in the game.  Markets want to deal with professional folks who are looking to grow a serious business.  If you are starting a small business and want it to grow, it takes 110% of your time and focus.
  7. Be serious about your product.  Packaging and labeling are what sell products. Be unique and don’t skimp on great design.

Please go by and support local producers while you check out Candler Park Market.  Be sure to thank Greg and Robin for sharing a wealth of knowledge with us!

Candler Park Market – 1642 Mclendon Avenue – Atlanta, GA 30317 – 404-373-9787

Any markets looking for wonderful local specialty foods, call PREP @ 404-920-4150

Check out Mixte Cuisine. Be sure and get some of this soon to be famous Ghee!

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Samples left at the market included PREP Producers

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to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
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Garnish & Gather @ PREP Atlanta!

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A visit with Emily and Abbie of Garnish & Gather

The best part of my work at PREP is when I get to interact with other business owners and entrepreneurs.  We have many wonderful specialty food producers at PREP, so I have been calling around trying to connect with local markets and businesses that market and or sell local specialty food products.

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How nice when I received a return message from Emily Golub with Garnish & Gather.  The message was that she was excited about what we are doing and wanted to come and visit our place.  Today was the opportunity for that visit.  Emily came with Abbie Brans (Marketing & Communications (&Facebook!).

We actually recognized each other, and figured out that we had met about 4 years ago. Emily was just putting together the concept for G&G and JR and I were trying to figure out how to put together our community kitchen project.

Emily went on to build out her own facility and Garnish & Gather was born.

Garnish & Gather Grocery Specialty Foods PREPG&G has grown in many ways over the last few years. With the addition of the Local Grocery Market, a partnership with PREP was a natural. G&G is widely known for their wonderful Chef Inspired meal kits.  PREP Member Specialty Food producers need to be included in that lineup!

 

Everyone knows that when you run a business, you can easily get lost in the details.  I know without a doubt that PREP is a wonderful facility.  I can easily forget why I do what I do. A visit from creative foodie entrepreneurs like Emily and Abbie and their fascination with PREP brought back that warm feeling of why we chose the path of working with small startup food businesses.

Garnish and Gather Meal Kits, Meal PREP

G&G works with a local chef to create a menu and recipes.  Their package has all of the local, natural ingredients to make a dinner for 2 or 4.  As we toured PREP,  we walked past one of PREP’s Producers, Jason Jiminez, owner of Homespun Atl catering. Emily told me that Jason was a featured chef for a past G&G meal kit.

Jason is working on his new restaurant, Kitchen Six in North Decatur, and I am certain that there is an upcoming G&G meal kit featuring recipes from Jason and Kitchen Six!

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PREP is excited about our newly forged relationship, and the upcoming collaborations that are already in the works.  This includes featuring some of the Chefs that call PREP Home, as well as the upcoming launch of a meal kit featuring Food Truck Fare, with recipes from the best food trucks in Atlanta!

Be sure and take a look at the wonderful “Gatherings at Home” section.  Start with a meal kit, choose from fresh exciting add ons, and your party is ready to go!  You can tell everyone about G&G, or just pretend that you did it all by yourself.  The most wonderful part is that soon, you may find some specialty foods from our PREP producers in your bag! Visit G&G website
or call 678-701-8030

Doug

Garnish & Gather   –   Homespun Atl    –    Kitchen Six   –   PREP Members

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to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
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So you have a great recipe? Calling all Food Entrepreneurs!

PREP can simplify your recipe for success!

PREP Cook | Create | Connect ® is a food business accelerator and unique shared kitchen facility. PREP supports, provides resources for, and serves as the food production home to a rising class of culinary entrepreneurs. PREP features state-of-the-art, commercial-quality, shared kitchen dedicated production spaces,
food business growth resources, procurement, and hands-on guidance. See PREP’s specialty food producers, chefs, bakers,caterers, food trucks, and the next generation of food artisans.

Do you have the next big idea, and what it takes to bring a great product to market?

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 Some Current Members Examples of PREP’s existing 105 member companies include thriving and growing Atlanta favorites like:

  • Emerald City Bagels — A maker of NY-style bagels available at coffee shops and restaurants like Octane, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, Home Grown, Argosy, and many more.
  • Sifted — Founded by owners with technology backgrounds, Sifted has offices in Atlanta and Nashville, and they partner with the city’s best chefs to deliver pop-up lunches to companies.
  • Capstone Foods — maker of artisan salsas, with specialty chilies sourced from New Mexico. Sold throughout the Southeast at Whole Foods Markets, Sprouts, Earth Fare, and more.
  • Tasting Maine — a top Atlanta food truck in which all ingredients, from fresh lobster to sodas to desserts, are sourced directly from Maine.

(click here for a full list of PREP Members)

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 Many of PREP’s members have gone on to open spaces of their own, and chefs often choose PREP as a space to experiment and hone dishes for their restaurant menus before opening a brick-and-mortar. Bellina Alimentari—the Italian restaurant and market inside Ponce City Market—developed many of their recipes and menu inside PREP’s shared kitchen. Queen of Cream, the popular Atlanta ice cream parlor that opened in Old Fourth Ward last year, started at PREP. Wanderlust, a cold brew coffee maker, has grown to offer small-batch cold brew to restaurants and grocers throughout Atlanta and in Birmingham, and the company is moving into a production space of its own.
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Bring on your best recipes and lets get cooking!

PREP’s concept and custom-designed amenities raise the bar for shared kitchen space. The facility provides resources conducive to the growth and success of members from specialty food producers and caterers to bakers and food trucks. With a fully equipped 10-station commercial kitchen, four specialized production kitchens, and the only shared kitchen certified by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, USDA, FDA and Department of Health, PREP is as specialized as it is functional. The space features 36 fully certified commissaries for mobile food operators and food trucks, as well as a studio production kitchen, work stations, conference room, loading/receiving and cold and dry storage. PREP’s members also have access to business services like marketing support, aid in applying for permits and certifications, leadership training, and access to booking agents and food distributors.

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PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind
to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
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PREP Members Success 2016!

PREP Celebrates Members success going into their
second year of operations, graduating to their own locations,
and we welcome all of our new Members!

 

PREP is where you can bring your culinary dreams to life!

PREP Cook | Create | Connect ® opened in May 2014 with one goal in mind: to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta by providing state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs. Specialty food producers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans, have all of their needs met in one place.PREP is the only shared kitchen facility in the U.S. that is under the authority of the USDA, FDA, Georgia Department of Agriculture, State Health Department and Dekalb County Health Department.Call 404-920-4150 for more information!

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The PREP facility consists of:

  • A fully certified, 10-station, shared-use, commercial kitchen for specialty food producers
  • Four dedicated kitchens for USDA meat producers and gluten free product production, and members who require privacy
  • 36 fully certified, dedicated, base of operations for food truck operators
  • A full service onsite wholesale food and supply procurement operation which saves members time and money
  • Studio Production Kitchen
  • Business Center/Conference Room

 

PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept which was established with one goal in mind – to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta, by providing state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs, including: specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.  For more information about PREP, please call (404) 920-4150 or visit  www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – Take a Tour of PREP

Bellina Alimentari Opens in Ponce City Market after product testing & training at PREP!

Bellina Alimentari at Ponce City Market

bellina alimentari PREP Test and Training Kitchens

PREP is proud to have been chosen as the kitchen for recipe development and staff training for the new Bellina Alimentari Italian Market which recently opened in Ponce City Market.

Every day at PREP was an adventure with the wonderful aromas and flavors coming from the Bellina folks, and watching a dedicated group of people work hard to bring a concept to reality in a testing kitchen at PREP.

From Bellina Alimentari’s website: “Our food is inspired by traditional Italian cooking, where the best ingredients are sourced and elevated to the next level, made protagonists and not covered by too many flavors. Everything is cooked daily, made using fresh, seasonal, high quality ingredients, sourced from local, humane, ecological and organic farms as much as possible.”

 

PREP test kitchens for Bellina Alimentari

 

 

Bellina’s Market includes a unique assortment of fine Italian imported goods, fresh daily made meal solutions as well as specialty local and Italian cured meats and cheeses. Whether cooking from scratch, entertaining with friends or grabbing a quick meal to go, our market is an opportunity to incorporate food as a way of life into your daily routine.

Bellina Culinary Club is a place to learn, exchange ideas and meet new people having fun. Every month we offer a range of cooking classes, tastings and workshops. Join a pasta making class, enjoy a wine tasting or book the room for a private dinner. The goal is to create a community of food lovers and bring back to the table the conversation of good food.”

 

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Bellina Alimentari is located in the Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market

675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, N-131
Atlanta, GA 30308
Tel. +1 404 330 9933

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For a list of PREP’s specialty food producers Click Here

PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta. PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs: specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.

For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150 or visit www.PREPatl.com
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PREP Chooses Gordon Food Service for Food Procurement

It is with great excitement that we can officially share with you the details of a newly forged, exclusive partnership with Gordon Food Service (“GFS”).

PREP Atlanta Gordon FoodService PartnershipAs a purchasing group of companies, PREP Members will enjoy tremendous new beneficial services, buying power, food cost savings and have access to Gordon Food Service’s huge catalog of food and supplies.   Listed below are some of the benefits:

  • PREP Members will create their own GFS account and login to GFS’s state of the art online ordering platform.
  • PREP Members will be able to apply for their own credit terms under GFS’s electronic payment system. This is a great way for smaller companies to establish business credit and help their cash flow.
  • Huge catalog – PREP Members will have access to over 15,000 products including National Brands, Regional Brands (such as Halperns’ Meats), Private Brands, organics and specialty items. See:  https://www.gfs.com/en/products/product-categories
  • No order minimums. As a stand-alone food service operator, the minimums are anywhere from $500-$750 but as a PREP Member, those do not exist.
  • PREP Members will be able to discuss volume contracts and seasonal price locking and other strategic relationships.
  • Initially, GFS will be delivering to PREP Members 3 days per week heading towards 5 days per week as volume grows.
  • Private commissary and locker stocking as previously done with PREP’s Procurement Services will continue.
  • Access to GFS run classes such as Embracing Trends in Food Trucks and Catering, Social Media, Customer Experience, Food Safety and many more.
  • Access to GFS’s Culinary Advisor for recipe development.
  • Access to Kitchen-Tested Recipes https://www.gfs.com/en/products/food-service-recipes
  • PREP Member Pricing at Atlanta GFS Stores. GFS plans to open up several local Metro Atlanta stores that will blow away the current competition in the market and give you the ability to grab last minute items.         https://www.gfs.com/en/gfsstore.

PREP Members will truly have a partnership in PREP and Gordon that will allow them to accelerate their business, obtain food and supply costs like a large chain of restaurants, and pricing that will truly give PREP Members a competitive edge.  The scalability of your business here is endless!

Mitch Long and Julie Sheppard from PREP will be working very closely with Julie D’Amico of Gordon Foods to service the PREP Membership accounts.   The hands-on concierge approach you have previously received from PREP’s Procurement Division will only be enhanced with GFS’s knowledge and horsepower.

What happens next?  Over the next several weeks PREP Members will be contacted by the PREP & Gordon team to set up in-person meetings and guide you through the application process.  Within just a few days after that, you will be notified of available payment terms and be given a User ID and Password to start shopping on Gordon’s platform.

CEO Mitch Jaffe has spent the last 8 months getting to know the folks at Gordon Foods and can’t speak more highly about a group of people who truly want PREP Members to grow and succeed.  Of all the main line distributors in Atlanta, Gordon was the one that recognized the opportunity to streamline the buying power of smaller companies and was willing to put in the time and energy to make this deal a reality.   They are family owned and operated and it shows.   We feel very fortunate for having them as partners.

As the owners of PREP, we could not be more proud of our Members and look forward to seeing you flourish with this new incredible tool we will now be able to offer.

PREP – Gordon Food Service Partnership Q&A Meeting

Mitch Long and Julie D’Amico will be in the PREP main conference room to answer questions about the upcoming partnership with Gordon Food Service and all of the great things coming your way!

Tuesday April 26th 10 am
Wednesday April 27th 10 am

Please join Mitch so that he can address any questions you may have!

For a list of PREP’s Members Click Here

PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta. PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs: specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.

For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150 or visit www.PREPatl.com
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