IC KitchenConnect exists to provide a virtual connection to food business resources and several kitchens available for rent by local entrepreneurs, community members and organizations to prepare and make locally made food products in the community. IC Kitchen Connect is a collaboration between three colleagues; Jesse Singerman of Prairie Ventures, Jason Grimm of Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development, and Jessica Burtt-Fogarty.

Jason Grimm

As the Food System Planner with Iowa Valley RC&D, Jason has been the project manager of the RC&D’s Regional Food Initiative since 2009. Jason works with local and county governments, health authorities, schools, producers, non-profit organizations, food processors and developers who are working to build a sustainable food and agriculture system in the Iowa Corridor…

Jesse Singerman

K. Jesse Singerman has over 35 years of experience in distribution, retail grocery and the natural and organic products industry. She has held a number of industry leadership positions, including serving as President and CEO of Blooming Prairie Warehouse, a major natural products distributor, for over 20 years. She also served as the Director of…

Jessica Fogarty

Jessica Burtt Fogarty is a food cooperative and community food system professional, working in the field since 2004. She is involved with Iowa Valley’s food system development work, working with Iowa Valley Food Co-op, Field to Family, Iowa Valley RC&D and formerly with Iowa’s Regional Food System Working Group. She is currently full time with…

Financial Supporters

IC Kitchen Connect received financial support from Johnson County, City of Iowa City and the University of Iowa Office of Outreach and Engagement to assist with project tasks to develop the toolkit and support the 1105 Project – Kitchen prepare the necessary documents to prepare to be rented by kitchen users.


Johnson County
U of I Office of Outreach & Engagement
City of Iowa City

In-Kind Supporters

IC Kitchen Connect has received in-kind staff support from Iowa City Area Development Group, New Pioneer Food Co-op, Kirkwood Community College Culinary Program, and UI Partners. The in-kind support was in the form of kitchen experts, website development, and publicizing the project through community networks.


UI Partners
Kirkwood Community College
ICAD
New Pioneer Food Co-op
Johnson County Crisis Center