Blue Oven Kitchens Cooks Up New Fundraising Idea

The local nonprofit is teaming up with Swamp Head Brewery and The Jones B-side

By Caitlyn Finnegan

Proving that not every startup in town spins off a new tech discovery, Blue Oven Kitchens’ “kitchen incubator” is helping entrepreneurs start new companies focused on sustainable food practices, food education and supporting local foodways.

To help raise money to go toward its operating costs, the nonprofit organization is hosting “Blue Oven, Bluegrass and Beer” on April 14 with help from The Jones B-Side and Swamp Head Brewery. The event will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Jones B-side, located at 203 SW 2nd Ave. Live music will be provided by The Micanopy Porch Band, Jeffrey Forbes and Seaton Tarrant.

The first 100 people to purchase $10 tickets will receive a 16oz Swamp Head glass to keep, one free fill of Swamp Head beer and $3 refills on the back porch until 7 p.m.

Proceeds from ticket sales, bar sales, special cocktail sales and sales of local menu items will go toward supporting Blue Oven Kitchens’ facility.

Blue Oven Kitchens opened in November 2012 with a mission to help support the sustainable growth of the North Central Florida food system. The organization provides cooking classes, food safety education and licensed cooking space for new food companies. The commercial kitchen facility is located at 1323 S. Main St.

For more event information, or for a list of Blue Oven’s upcoming cooking classes, visit


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