This is it: The region’s only food incubator of its kind, Kitchen Council. The collaborative Nebraska/Iowa initiative seeks to lower barriers to market entry for food entrepreneurs, offering such amenities as a commercial kitchen space, accelerator programming and workshops – not mention a groundswell of community support.  

The result: “Foodpreneurs” finding success as Kitchen Council members.  Here are a few standing out in the catering field.

Bald Brothers Catering

Serving everything from hot appetizers to dinner and dessert, Bald Brothers Catering is quickly making a name for itself in Omaha’s catering industry. Lending their signature appearance to their name, the family dream team at Bald Brothers is comprised of Steven Robinson, head chef, David Robinson, head brewer and Brian Robinson, manager.

Established in January 2019, the group has fast become a staple for corporate and private events, including the VIP tailgate for the 2019 College World Series. Chef Steven Robinson said, “We love to cater for business meetings and events; we are finding more and more success with weddings.”

The brothers also serve corporate events, fundraisers, holiday parties and more. To complement their on-the-go catering business, Bald Brothers will soon offer a brick-and-mortar brewpub for guests to enjoy their cuisine daily.

Instagram: @baldbrothersbreweryandcatering
Website:
http://baldbrothersbrewery.com

Heirloom Fine Foods 

Heirloom Fine Foods (formerly MJER Help) was founded in 2015 by husband and wife Michelle J Elson-Roza and Anthony Roza. The goal: To provide families and professionals help when it comes to balancing work and home life..

Heirloom Fine Foods uses seasonally driven menus, and the freshest local produce, to fit a range of occasions – from office lunches to a weekend cocktail parties.

As a former athlete and native of Omaha, Elson-Roza began cooking out of her desire to translate her family’s health-conscious background into delicious flavors. She completed her Accelerated Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from Kendall College in 2016, after which she worked at the Grey Plume and Saddle Creek Breakfast Club, as well as teaching cooking classes at The Union for Contemporary Art  – before going full-time with Heirloom Fine Foods.

“We’ve been successful with families, and a few clients have told me our services have been life-changing, which brings me an enormous amount of joy,” Elson-Roza said.

Website: www.heirloomff.com/

Endless Journey Hospice 

One of the newest members to Kitchen Council, Endless Journey Hospice offers food services for both patients and their families. Through their cooking, they embrace the concept that comfort food nourishes the mind, body and spirit in times of sorrow.

“The Endless Journey Hospice experience will encompass the holistic philosophy in that the client and their family will be nourished physically, emotionally and spiritually as they prepare for end of life and beyond,” said Maria Cunningham-Wilkins, a registered dietician.

Established by Melanie Costlow, RN and Amy Douglas, MS in 2015, Cunningham-Wilkins joined the team in 2016 as a contributor to the nonprofit initiative.

The founders aspired to provide meals to patients and their families prior to and following their loss that would provide consistent nutrition during a time when self-care doesn’t always feel like a top priority.

With the help of Kitchen Council, Endless Journey Hospice has provided bereavement meals for over 100 families. These meals are prepared and delivered by Cunningham-Wilkins to encourage each person to take the time and reminisce about their loved one.

“This program is modeled after the sense of community where neighbors cared for neighbors,” Cunningham-Wilkins said.

Website: www.endlessjourneyhospice.com
Call: 402-800-8145

Kitchen Council is a project of the Greater Omaha Chamber and community partners, Iowa West FoundationCouncil Bluffs ChamberConagra Brands, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

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