Located in right on the Canton Square, serves as the first incubator kitchen in the Fulton County area! We are a licensed commercial space that is certified for food production. Renters can use the kitchen by the hour or day to produce food while fulfilling regulatory compliance. Food entrepreneurs, ranging from chefs, caterers, bakers can benefit from the shared kitchen instead of spending capital to build or lease their own facility.
Not only to we provide a space for local food entrepreneurs, we also provide a great event rental locations for any group or organization as well. Our dining space provides a great venue for any gathering you're looking to organize.
We want to be a place where people can come gather, learn, grow, and create right here in our community. We also bring local products such as Cheesecakes by Cheryl, Julie's Cookies, and other locally sourced jams, honey, popcorn and coffee.
Teaming up to bring this unique venture to the Canton area are Shirley Franzoni of Black Crow Candles and Julie Henderson of Canton.
It is our goal to not only provide a place to cook, but to also have a positive impact on our community.
Connect! Blessings Food Hub with be connecting with food entrepreneurs, educators and local food enthusiasts with a kitchen they can rent and a vending area where they can also market and sell their products.
Educate! We offer classes to children, teens, and adult in the community about cooking with local, healthy ingredients and basic skills & techniques to take home. We offer baking and kitchen skills classes for all ages.
Inspire! We foresee Blessings Food Hub as a perpetual center of activity that will inspire everyone in the community. We are excited to be hosting our kitchen to Sweet Treats Barkery, new non-profit organization in Canton that is dedicated to creating learning opportunities and vocational training for students and adults with disabilities. They bake tasty pet treats that are handcrafted and fresh baked, made from whole grains proudly sourced from Central Illinois microbreweries.
Shirley Franzoni, Owner
Shirley Franzoni is an active member of the Canton community, and an even more active grandmother. While she owns the title of the 2017 Business Woman Of The Year Award for all of her hard work at Black Crow Candle Company, she has also won the grandchildren-given title of World's Best Nana. When away from work you can find her playing dress up with the little ones or playing video games with the big kids
Julie Henderson, Food Hub manager
Julie has her Food Service Sanitation Managers Certificate and is in the process of obtaining her Instructors Certificate. She will be responsible for the Blessings Food Hub’s daily activities, rental schedule, applicant files, and meet with the Fulton Co. Health Department and Inspections as needed.
Cassie Derby, Assistant Manager
Cassie is excited to be working with Shirley and mother, Julie to help Blessings Food Hub. Cassie will be managing the Social Media and Website for the Food Hub as well as assist with events and help out in the Hub. She is also looking forward to bring her creative flair and tech know-how to Blessings Food Hub!