Food incubator tenants receive grants from cultural foundation

Staff reports

The Louisiana Edible Creations Center (LECC), Louisiana’s only incubator dedicated to the food entrepreneur operated by the Ascension Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) in Gonzales, announces that five LECC tenants are the recipients of the Fall grant award from the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation (LCEF), a newly formed foundation under the Lt. Governor’s office to promote the cultural economy in Louisiana.

The grant is awarded to individual cultural workers, nonprofit cultural organizations, and cultural economy businesses to increase the income or earned revenue through a specific, unique opportunity identified by the applicant. Grant amounts range from $500-$5,000.  Qualified applicants can apply once annually for nonrecurring support expenses that relate to a specific opportunity related to marketing, travel/accommodations, professional fees and service.

LECC received $5,000 from the LCEF in early 2008 to purchase a label machine so that tenants could print professional labels in-house at a fraction of the cost. The five LECC companies who were awarded the fall LCEF grant are B&B Gourmet, LLC, Cuddin Eddies, The Health Nut, Lito's Salsa and Simpli Gourmet and some of the products made are pepper jelly, buttery peanut toffee, gluten-free muffins and BBQ sauce.

For more information on the Louisiana Edible Creations Center, visit www.laediblecreations.org or contact Kristin Batulis with the Ascension Economic Development Corporation for complete information at 675-1750.