Our Founder, Ian Pasquarelli
Ian is originally a native of Maine, hailing from Aroostook County up north on the border of Canada. He graduated from the University of Maine with a BS in food science and nutrition, and received an MS from Virginia Tech in food safety. Ian is passionate about supporting local businesses and helping entrepreneurs in the food community achieve their goals.
The Kitchen Network
The Kitchen Network is an online database that connects food business entrepreneurs with affordable and convenient commercial kitchens in their community.
Our mission is to create novel opportunities for small food businesses to succeed in a competitive marketplace, while simultaneously boosting revenue for existing community organizations.
The Kitchen Network began in Charlottesville, VA as a response to the burgeoning growth of small food businesses in dire need of adequate affordable commercial kitchen production space. Our founding team came upon the realization that each and every community in Charlottesville and beyond already have commercial kitchens at their disposal, but the missing piece was the vital connection between rental kitchens and aspiring food businesses. With the creation of The Kitchen Network, we have bridged the gap between these two entities and created new opportunities for local businesses and kitchen owners in every community. To learn more, please feel free to reach out through our contact us page and we will happily get back to you as soon as possible!