TasteLab to Launch Marketplace @ Union Market!

HEY YOU GUYS/GALS!! We're super pumped to be announcing TasteLab is opening a Marketplace at Union Market! All the details below - get pumped and we'll see you next week!



WASHINGTON, DC, April 12th 2017 – TasteLab, a Culinary Incubator in NE DC, will be launching a marketplace at Union Market on Tuesday, April 18th. The marketplace will feature an eclectic mix of food and beverages made exclusively by the over sixty-five small businesses that produce their products at TasteLab. The Grand Opening Celebration will occur over the weekend of April 22nd & 23rd and feature tastings and product demos.

“Not only will this marketplace allow us introduce all of these incredible products and entrepreneurs to the thousands of people who visit Union Market on a daily basis, but we will be creating a new revenue stream for our members and in some cases, putting them on their first shelves,” said Ryan Hansan, Founder of TasteLab.

TasteLab’s Marketplace at Union Market will instantly become a destination for foodies who care about eating or discovering local products, as it will be the only food-focused retail outlet exclusively selling food and beverages made in The District.

TasteLab’s Marketplace will feature over one hundred retail ready products, and host demos and tastings for members who do not currently produce products for retail, like food trucks and caterers.

“We decided to move forward with the Marketplace concept because we truly believe that it will significantly benefit our community of local food producers,” said Jordan Estes, TasteLab’s Director of Community Growth and head of the marketplace project. “Our mission is to do everything we can to help small businesses grow and this is a huge step towards accomplishing those objectives. I think DC residents will be happy with our decision to move forward and will be blown away by some of the awesome things their neighbors are creating.”

About TasteLab: TasteLab (www.tastelab.co) is an 8,000 square foot culinary incubator and commercial kitchen located in Northeast DC. TasteLab opened in March 2015 to provide new, small and medium sized food businesses the space, equipment, storage, connections and industry knowledge to help them start or scale their food companies. TasteLab was founded by the team who launched, scaled and successfully exited the local dinner kit delivery company, scratchDC, and the healthy vending company, TinyGrocery.

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TasteLab Turns Two

Today TasteLab celebrates our our second birthday! It is amazing to look back and realize how much incredible food has been made under our roof. In two short, fun and delicious years we've helped over a hundred small businesses make their dreams a reality - from concept or recipes to customer's palates and retail shelves all over this fine city of ours. 

We think the "tasty twos" are going to look good on us and we can't wait to enjoy the incredible eats our members will be producing this year. 

So spread the word - TasteLab is growing and we want to help make your culinary dreams come true. We are intrinsically motivated by the burgeoning DC Food scene and are excited for each and every entrepreneur we get the chance to meet and help. We will continue to do everything we can to support our community and help our members thrive. If you have a business that needs more space, if you're a start up looking for the spark to take you to the next level or if you have an idea that just needs to be made into a business - TasteLab is here to make it happen.

We have some very, very exciting announcements coming in the next few weeks, so stay tuned and stay hungry, DC!


Upgrades at TasteLab!


We are constantly striving to improve our space and looking for ways to help our members make more delicious food. This week we took delivery of brand new electric double stack convection ovens and a ten burner gas range with two full ovens. In addition to Big Bertha (a 60 qt mixer), who arrived earlier this month, this new equipment will help our members operate more efficiently and pump out even more tasty food. 

And we're just getting started - we plan on bringing in even more cookin' equipment in the coming weeks. We've got plenty of hood space to make your culinary dreams come true, so if there's any specialized equipment you need, let us know!

Welcome to InTheLab - Gotta Have Heart!

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Welcome to our first ever blog! We will periodically update our blog with an insider's look at some of the amazing food, folks and fun happening in the lab as well as profile the incredible entrepreneurs that call TasteLab home!

Seeing as though today is Valentine's Day, our first ever feature focuses on something that is necessary in every startup - a lot of heart! TasteLab's mission is to help entrepreneurs launch, scale or grow their companies. We do everything we can to make dreams become realities, but at the end of the day it's the heart, passion and belief in yourself and your product that is going to make you successful.

So if you've got a great idea and a lot of heart, we've got the place for you to start! (Should this be our new slogan!?)

Alright, alright - we know that's pretty cheesy, but, come on - it's Valentine's Day!

But seriously, we ...love... (guess we're not done with the puns) learning about new businesses and seeing how our team and facility can most effectively help you grow. If interested in learning more or checking TasteLab out for yourself, head to our on-boarding page and tell us a bit about yourself and what it is you want to do.

We look forward to working with you and send our best wishes from the bottom of our ...hearts!