Your Food Business Resource

Bringing food development expertise to the table

The Prairie Research Kitchen helps bring your food business ideas to life by combining food science and culinary arts to create product and process solutions. Our culinary research team is growing and one area of greater focus is working with Indigenous businesses and communities to offer guidance to take new products to market.

We are committed to supporting growth for Indigenous businesses and communities. By engaging Indigenous students in industry projects we provide valuable work learning experiences and the opportunity to learn new skills.

Food businesses provide an opportunity to come together and share food stories, to honour the history and relationship Indigenous communities have with food and the land, and to incorporate Indigenous knowledge and expertise into product development. We are here to walk alongside you, to listen to your vision and provide guidance with the expertise we have.

Product Development

Work alongside our research team on creative solutions for your food product, process or food-related business ideas. Share your vision with us and we will help you identify ways to process, package, and safely distribute your new products. We use state-of-the-art equipment to transform ingredients into tasty consumer ready products.

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Technical Services

Tell your food story with new recipes and food photography. We engage Indigenous culinary students in these quick projects to help you launch your products and show your customers your tasty new creations.

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Training

Our modern space provides a collaborative setting to share our culinary science skills and knowledge. Together, we can expand our understanding of the foods harvested in our communities.

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Supplemental Indigenous RRC Programs

Creating a new food business or growing an existing business can require a variety of skills and perspectives. The Prairie Research Kitchen works closely with other RRC programs to bring in new skills and enthusiasm through student projects. This allows the students an opportunity to gain work experience. You may even find your next (or first) employee.

Indigenous Culinary Skills Program

In this program, our students develop the skills to succeed in the fast-paced food services industry. They gain experience planning, preparing and serving meals, through curriculum that incorporates Indigenous content and pre-employment supports.

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Social Innovation and Community Development Program

Social innovation brings new perspectives to existing ways of decision-making in today’s world. In this program, our students discover the tremendous capacities of communities and individuals looking to initiate systems change.

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