Start a Food Business

If you are interested in starting a food business in our district, we want to talk to you! Beginning day one as a food entrepreneur can seem like an insurmountable task but we hope to be one of your biggest allies in finding the right resources to start your business and keep it thriving. We have programs, commercial kitchen spaces, grants, and guidance that you need to get your business off of the ground.

Detroit Kitchen Connect

Detroit Kitchen Connect Licensed Community Kitchens

Budding food entrepreneurs need love and funding. Happily, Detroit Kitchen Connect provides a supportive, interactive environment where food entrepreneurs can seek funding. Eastern Market Corporation and FoodLab-Detroit have joined forces to facilitate greater product quality and long-term success. They provide support in the following forms: 

  • Sharing connections to licensed commercial kitchens
  • Offering resources for increasing production volumes with growing customer demand
  • Ensuring that practices meet the Michigan Cottage Food Law requirements
  • Providing entrepreneurial classes and production assistance for navigating the licensing process, scaling business production and connecting to other growing food businesses in the region

Interested in applying your business to DKC? Fill out our intake form here!

Eastern Market Corporation offers several grant programs to help people whose new business ideas are bigger than their resources. Thanks to JPMorgan Chase, our lead sponsor of the Detroit Kitchen Connect program.

Food Safety

Food safety (by Michigan Department of Agriculture guidelines) is fundamental to everything we do at Eastern Market. Our vendors are mandated by the state to be certified in Food Safety Training, practicing Minimum Safe Standards for food sampling and safe food handling.

P.I.C. (Person In Charge) partners with Eastern Market Corporation to ensure proper food sanitation and provide food safety training and certification through a broad range of classes.

Review and register for classes here!

Failure to comply can result in code enforcement, more frequent inspections, limited licensing and possible closure.

This video, offered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, examines another health issue—outside groups possibly tampering with foods.

FEAST Detroit

FEAST Detroit is an exceptional provider of specialty food manufacturing services, including co-packing, for growing businesses. It concentrates on producing shelf stable products and utilizing local supply chains in order to bring agriculture and manufacturing full-circle. FEAST is licensed by the Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development (MDARD) and registered through the FDA.

Welcome Center Hours

Stop in to ask a question, get maps and recipes, or present your Bridge Card to receive tokens accepted at many vendors under the sheds.

  • Saturday 7am-4pm (year-round)
  • Tuesday 9am-3pm (June-Sept.)
  • Sunday 10am-4pm (June-Sept.)

District shops and restaurants are open after shed hours. Check our directory for specifics.

1445 Adelaide, Detroit, MI 48207 (between Sheds 2 and 3)

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Open Saturdays Year-Round!

Did you know that our Saturday Market is open every week from 6am-4pm? It is, even through the winter months! Come see us to get your fix for local food, art, music, & more all year-round. Special thank you to our winter season sponsor, Strategic Staffing Solutions.

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Host your event with us!

Whether you are having a corporate party, wedding, family reunion, business meeting, media event, or numerous other occasions, Eastern Market's historic setting is the perfect venue for any type of event! View our new event brochure, submit an inquiry form, and more to get your event started.

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