Deli Star to build Food Discovery Center in St. Louis | 2020-08-11
ST. LOUIS – Deli Star Corp. announced plans to build its Food Discovery Center (FDC) – the company’s new “Center for Research and Culinary Innovation” – at the City Foundry STL in Midtown St. Louis. The center is scheduled to open in spring 2021. The FDC will include several test kitchens, a training / classroom area, office space and a manufacturing facility. It will be staffed with 30 full-time employees.
The 16,500-square-foot facility will include “two fully equipped test kitchens and four research chef stations, a classroom-style classroom for culinary science and food nutrition courses, conferences and demonstrations; the Simple Promise staff cafe and farmers market row; and a 4,500-square-foot, bespoke ghost kitchen manufacturing facility, ”the company said.
“Over the past 30 years, Deli Star has built a solid reputation as a leader in product and process innovation and safety,” said Justin Seigel, CEO of Deli Star. “We have always viewed food as an interface between science and culinary art. We aim to share this philosophy and learn from and with like-minded culinary leaders when we open the Food Discovery Center at the Foundry. “
Deli Star is working with design and construction company The Lawrence Group on the planning, engineering and construction of the entire site and has commissioned Ford Hotel Supply to develop the design of the test kitchens.
“St. Louis has become a hub for culinary innovation and City Foundry STL is well positioned to become the epicenter for continued growth, ”said Executive Chef Charles Hayes, vice president of culinary innovation and research and development at Deli Star. “At Deli Star, we are a firm believer in Open Innovation – working together and sharing ideas to move our industry forward. Our new space and proximity to like-minded industry leaders at City Foundry will benefit everyone involved – from our employees, customers and partners to our colleagues at City Foundry. “
In 2016, Deli Star created its own space in its St. Louis Innovation Center for collaboration with food service partners. Deli Star needed additional space and production capacity and chose the City Foundry STL as the location for its new center.
“In the past few months we’ve seen a dramatic change in the way the hospitality industry works,” said Will Smith, City Foundry STL asset manager. “Bringing together great culinary minds like Chef Charles Hayes and the rest of the Deli Star team, as well as James Beard winner (and City Foundry STL’s Culinary Director) Gerard Craft and his team at Niche Food Group, City Foundry will play a critical role We are helping our industry reinvent and rebuild itself after COVID-19. “