To become a member of Prep Commissary Kitchen, first submit a Membership Inquiry Form below. We must receive a completed application prior to beginning any dialogue. Be sure to read our Membership FAQS page for answers to commonly asked questions.

Once we’ve reviewed your information, we will reach out to further discuss your food process and rental needs. If you are accepted, the following items will be required before you are able to reserve time in the kitchen.


  • Legal Business Name. You'll want to obtain your DBA and organize your legal structure/business entity before becoming a Prep Kitchen member and applying for your food permit.
  • State ID. A valid State Driver’s License or State ID.
  • Food Handlers. A Food Safety Manager Certificate is required for the Primary Member, and a Food Handlers Certificate is required for each additional user affiliated with your business. We recommend obtaining certifications through ServSafe.
  • Liability Insurance. Proof of Liability Insurance with Prep Commissary Kitchen, LLC and our landlord, Serge & Wanda Bartlome, named as additional insured. Liability insurance needs to meet minimum limits of $1,000,000 each occurrence, $2,000,000 general aggregate. Insurance must be maintained for the duration of any kitchen use. We recommend FLIP Insurance.
  • Signed Contract. Once you have a signed contract with Prep and have paid your Security Deposit, our Prep Manager will sign your County Commissary Verification Form and you can begin food production in our kitchen.
  • Security Deposit. Each member must furnish a $700 security deposit before scheduling time in the kitchen. Deposit to be refunded upon termination of contract.
  • County Food Operator Permit. Submit the appropriate food operator application to the county for the permit best suited for your business.
  • County Commissary Agreement. Upon receipt of the above documents, our Prep Manager will sign your Nevada County Commissary Agreement and email a copy to Nevada County Department of Environmental Health. You will be CC'd on this email. For straight forward permit applications, the county turnaround is typically within one week.
  • Orientation. In-person orientation at the kitchen to familiarize your team with Prep’s policies, cleaning supplies, Entry & Exit procedures, select your keyless entry code, etc.
  • Reserve Kitchen Shifts. To schedule time in the kitchen, sign-up for a free account on The Food Corridor. Now you're ready to begin your culinary journey!