General Information About the Program
The Cumberland Culinary Center will aid entrepreneurs in producing, promoting and packaging their products with a focus on locally grown and produced goods in conjunction with the Pick Tennessee Products initiative.
The Cumberland Culinary Center is pleased to have garnered the support of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cumberland University, Performance Food Service, the Wilson County School System, Sue Sykes of Tennessee Gourmet, former State Rep. Stratton Bone, the Lochinvar Corporation, Lowe's, Rock Island Nursery and many others. The Cumberland Culinary Center was the recipient of grant monies from the United States Department of Agriculture and funds from the Tennessee Agriculture Enhancement Program.
Membership & Services
Membership with the Cumberland Culinary Center is open to Tennessee-based farmers, specialty food producers and suppliers. In order to rent space in the commercial kitchen, farmers must supply proof of liability insurance and be listed on the Pick Tennessee Products (www.picktnproducts.org) website. Specialty food producers who want to use the kitchen rental services must provide documentation in the following areas: proof of liability insurance, sales tax certificate, and at least one person from the company must be certified in Food Safety training from an accredited agency such as the Tennessee Department of Agriculture or the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Cumberland Culinary Center works with many suppliers in our industry to assist you in sourcing raw materials. These companies provide excellent service and are considered leaders in their fields. They are valuable support members of the Center. This list will continue to evolve over time so please check back for more information.