Kathrine Gregory, Founder and Director
Food industry veteran Gregory conceived Mi Kitchen es su Kitchen in 1996, as a time-share rental facility available to up-and-coming food entrepreneurs. As the hands-on director of this consulting firm, her role is essentially twofold: she forms strategic alliances with not-for-profits who have an existing kitchen space and transforms it into a business incubator rental facility, which generates new revenue for the host organizations.
At the same time, each kitchen incubator provides a nurturing facility to encourage start-up food business clients. Gregory advises clients on food safety, license requirements and legal issues while they work on perfecting their concepts in a legal working environment. She also oversees and hosts seminars for potential clients of the facility. The first incubator was established in Brooklyn and the concept is being developed for a nationwide rollout.
Consulting with start-up food manufacturers led to her identification of the lack of available approved production kitchens as one of their major impediments to growth. Her concept of a time-share kitchen helps both the start-up business and the under-used kitchen owner and became the solution to this stumbling block.
Gregory entered the food industry in 1976, gaining experience and expertise in catering and restaurant/hotel management. In 1989 she became a consultant for independently run restaurants and the not-for-profit community, where she provided expertise in one-on-one sessions with the owners and created customized operational manuals. Some not-for-profits she assisted are One City Cafe/Food & Hunger Hotline and Roundtable for Women In Foodservice. Gregory organized fundraising galas for One City Cafe, and tripled the membership and networking system of the Roundtable For Women In Foodservice. She owned two restaurants: The Argenteuil, which served American-French cuisine, and The Grill, a bistro that was later revamped to Peccavi, which New York Magazine called "a haven for health conscious gourmets." She sold the restaurants in 1988.
Gregory is the recipient of the following awards:
Gregory's involvement in various organizations includes:
- OPEN: The Small Business NetworkSM from American Express Signature Award - finalist - Fourth out of 150 entries - 2005
- Stevie Award for Women Entrepreneurs - Finalist-2004
- National Association of Women Business Owners - NYC's Member of the Year Award - 2003
- National Association of Women Business Owners - President's Award - 2002
- New York Women's Agenda - Star of the Future - 2000
- The Roundtable for Women in Foodservice - National Pacesetter Award - 2000
- Lucent Technologies/Working Woman Magazine - Business For the Future Award - 1998
- Bartender Magazine - Woman of the Year - 1993
Gregory lectures on subjects ranging from restaurant management and food trends to the potential in the food industry and public relations. She has spoken in the following venues:
- NY Industrial Retention Network Food I.E. (Industry Expert) Advisory Board - Current Member
- New York Women's Agenda - Current Secretary, Economic Development Committee Member
- New York State Division For Women - Advisory Council Member 2002-2006
- Natural Gourmet Cookery School/Institute of Food and Healing - Current Advisory Board Member
- The Roundtable of Food Professionals-NYC Inc. (formerly The Roundtable for Women in Foodservice) - Current President, National President (1993), Chapter President (1990-1992, 1998)
- National Association Of Women Business Owners - Chair of the NYC Directory and the Signature Awards (2001-2003).
- Women On Women - Board Member - 1992
- The James Beard Association - 1996-2000
- New York University's Department of Nutrition and Food Studies
- Johnson & Wales in Miami
- International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association
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