Saturday, July 17, 2010

Oh what a Grand Opening!

Oh my gosh. We expected about 250 people to attend last Sunday's Grand Opening of the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen. More than 600 wonderful visitors joined us.

The media got it and helped the discussion in very useful ways. I'll put links below.

My favorite news sources for information about sustainable work in my region is the Sustainable Times, published and edited by George Zens. George did an excellent summation of the possibilities inherent in a facility like the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen in this month's issue. 10,000 copies are available through 350 locations in south central Wisconsin. The photos and the writing are excellent!

(one minor exception: George quotes me as saying there are 47 trillion ways to use this facility. I actually said about 47 trillion. I think there may be more… )

Some of the links below go right to the source. The TV links need to be searched using page numbers at the bottom of the video player section. Scroll back to find our date (July 11, 2010) and the title noted in the post below.

What a remarkable 'blessing' as Hodan Center Executive Director Tom Schraeder referred to our Grand Opening. I'm going to build a page on the Innovation Kitchen site that as a photo gallery of the Grand Opening and will post that link soon.

In no particular order here is a group of links to media about the Grand Opening of the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen.

Enjoy! Everyone at the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen, The Hodan Center and the Iowa County EDC sure did!

Thank you everyone who visited last Sunday or is just joining our journey.

Welcome to Iowa County Wisconsin and our wonderful new story!

Media coverage of the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen


Our first Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen TV interview. 7/9/10. "If you've ever dreamed of growing or starting your own food business but didn't have the capital to start from scratch, opportunity may await you with the Grand Opening of the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen." Thank you Carleen Wild, NBC TV 15 and

Your stories: Grand Opening for the Innovation Kitchen. 7/11/10. "In addition to allowing emerging or established food entrepreneurs access to the facility, the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen also has business and marketing assistance available to its clients." Thank you Chris Papst, NBC 15 and

Innovation Kitchen offers opportunity for entrepreneurs. 7/11/10. "Anyone can prepare their own recipes in the one million dollar kitchen, and can actually sell them. The facility also has its own food processing services. Owners say the kitchen will create jobs and give farmers and food entrepreneurs access to tools and equipment." Thank you TV 27 and


Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen will be boon to region. "This is a big shiny spaceship that has landed in rural Wisconsin". Wisconsin State Journal. 7/9/10. Thank you Jane Burns and MADISON.COM

Sustainable Times. July 2010 (No. 66), page 1. Great story and photos. Now available at 350 outlets across south central Wisconsin. Not yet online. Will link ASAP Thank you Sustainable Times.

Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen Offers Opportunity for Food Entrepreneurs.
"It's a food Ferrari." Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Network. Thanks WEN network.

Iowa County's Hodan Center mixes business and service to help disabled adults Great article in the Wisconsin State Journal about the Hodan Center, featured on the weekend of our Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen Grand Opening. Thank you Jane Burns and MADISON.COM


New enterprise hopes to bring fresh, local food to the masses. Scroll the Wisconsin Public Radio archives for 7/12/10. "A first of its kind commercial kitchen is opening in Mineral Point this week. The goal of the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen is to help family farmers and small restaurants get their specialty foods on to supermarket shelves in southern Wisconsin." Thank you Gil Halsted and WPR.

Photo credits

Top photo courtesy of The Dodgeville Chronicle Thank you Jean Berns Jones!

Bottom photo courtesy of E. Terrien

The Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen is open for business!

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