The MCPL Culinary Center is a destination and resource for anyone interested in learning more about food and culinary entrepreneurship. The Culinary Center’s goals are to enrich our customers’ lives by teaching about and through food with culinary literacy programs, and to help launch and grow local businesses in the community through MCPL’s Culinary Incubator Program.
Whether you are currently growing a food business or have an amazing idea for one, you’ll find something valuable at the 2024 Food Business Conference on March 7th - 8th in downtown Independence, Missouri.
This free, two-day conference offers topics related to mobile food businesses, manufacturing, restaurants, and agriculture. It also will connect food entrepreneurs with support organizations, coaches, and information. A variety of sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities will equip you with the tools to strengthen your business.
Whether you are currently open for business or still have a food business dream, we have what you need to learn, launch and level up your food business!
The teaching and demonstration kitchen is home to MCPL’s culinary literacy programming. We feature programs for all ages that teach practical kitchen skills, cooking techniques, food STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), nutrition, world cuisine, and more.
MCPL’s Culinary Incubator Program provides affordable, flexible, and commercially licensed kitchens for startup food business to rent. No need to start completely from scratch, the Culinary Center team will help startups navigate the process.
We are looking for talented, engaging, knowledgeable culinary experts who love to teach. Individuals and organizations with the chops to share their expertise can apply to be one of our expert presenters.
If you want to learn more, follow the link for our presenter FAQs (PDF, 155KB).