Woodland Kitchen and Business Incubator

Woodland Kitchen Business Incubator

Do you have a special recipe or food product that you would like to process and sell to the public?

State law requires that these items be prepared in an inspected and licensed commercial kitchen. A shared-use kitchen incubator is a certified, fully-equipped commercial kitchen for use by growers, food processors, caterers, restaurants, chefs, special event food vendors, bakers, groups, organizations, and more!

Interested in learning more? Contact the Woodland Kitchen & Business Incubator by phone 715-589-2768 or email us at

Woodland Kitchen and Business Incubator is now open in the Hillcrest Elementary School Building, Town of Aurora. 

Users of the kitchen will pay an hourly fee, a fraction of the cost of renovating/converting a home kitchen or building a commercial kitchen.

The facility will support the business aspects of food processing such as:
  • writing a business plan
  • labeling
  • packaging
  • marketing
  • distribution  
Woodland Kitchen will also be available to area restaurants and caterers to allow them to have greater flexibility in the jobs they take on.   ​​​​

From Our Kitchen to Yours - Northern Wisconsin

In May of 2011 we received a grant to help increase awareness and distribution of locally made food products made in the NWTC Woodland Kitchen and Business Incubator located in Aurora, Wisconsin. The span of distribution reached surrounding communities in a 75 mile radius.

Many new food entrepreneurs have limited means to promote their products. Through this project we networked with area retailers to support our efforts by agreeing to showcase locally produced products for a limited time. This campaign ended in December of 2011. Our hope was that retailers would decide to continue to help promote these products, which in turn strengthens our communities.

Kitchen Entrepreneurs:

  • Baked with Attitude (Shortbreads, Biscotti, Healthy Snacks) - produced and distributed by Sally Miller
  • Bella Creations - by Luz Bella Starnes
    • Featuring edible fresh fruit and vegetable arrangements.  Great for gifts and events!  For more information contact Luz at 906-239-0959
  • Dulce Nulla Gourmet Desserts - by Melissa Boyles
    • Featuring a cupcakery specializing in special diet and allergy friendly desserts. For more information contact Melissa at 503-715-6075 or
  • Grains and More Bulk Foods, Owners Mindy Angle and Sandra Hedmark
    • Featuring:
      • Gluten Free and Organic products
      • Cookies and Snacks
      • Grains and Cereals
      • Spices
      • Grass Fed Beef and More!
  • Grandma Geri's Catering - by Jackie Hendricks
    • Featuring a wide variety of meats, salads, and desserts for public and private events. For more information contact Jackie at 715-589-2156.
  • Jo-Ti's Ravioli (Cheese Ravioli) - by Tina Williams
    • Look for Jo-Ti's Ravioli's at the following locations:
      • Central Supermarket, Kingsford, MI
      • Ebeling's Supermarket, Norway, MI
      • Grains and More Bulk Foods, Aurora, WI
      • Marcouillers Foods, Niagara, WI
      • Pat's Foods, Florence, WI
      • Pelkins Smokey Meats, Crivitz, WI
      • Tom & Jo's, Aurora, WI
  • Mean Jean's Mustard - by Jay Thekan
    • Look for Mean Jean's Mustard at the following locations:
      • Cherry Creek, Marquette, MI
      • Cuisine Art, Florence, WI
      • Econo Foods, Iron Mountain and Marquette, MI
      • Flying Moose, Marquette, MI
      • Grains and More Bulk Foods, Aurora, WI
      • Jacks' Market, Menominee, MI and Marinette, WI
      • Jubilee, Crystal Falls, MI
      • Linnea and Kristine, Iron Mountain, MI
      • Moose Jackson, Iron Mountain, MI
      • Parks Cheese House, Crivitz, WI
      • Pat's IGA, Florence, WI
      • Pelkins Smokey Meats, Crivitz, WI
      • Super One, Escanaba and Iron Mountain, MI
  • Smokler's BBQ & Catering, LLC - by Brent Okler
    • Featuring smoked meats and a variety of sides for public and private events.  For more information contact Brent at 715-589-2123.
  • Sweet Simplicity (preservative free hummus) - by Naomi Engle
    • Look for Sweet Simplicity Chick-Dip (Avocado, Spicy, and Clean Hummus) at the following locations:
      • Grains and More Bulk Foods, Aurora, WI
      • Farmer's Market in Iron Mountain, MI
      • Super One Foods, Midtown Mall, Iron Mountain, MI