About Foundation

FOUNDATION KITCHEN - Shared Culinary Workspace


We are passionate about entrepreneurship! Foundation strives to provide a space that is inspiring and motivating to small owner-operators and start-ups, offering networking opportunities between members and within the local community. We are also equally passionate about food and human connection, and we work hard to provide unique options for hosting classes, events, and pop-ups.

Foundation opened in Nov 2015.  We currently have two shared commercial kitchens in operation, at 121 & 3 Washington Street, in Somerville, MA, located between Union Square and Sullivan Square. This makes our kitchens uniquely positioned to be close to Charlestown, Boston, Cambridge, and all of the greater Boston Metro Area.

We have parking at both kitchens. Parking spaces can be reserved by members for their businesses, and there is some available for general use, as well as ample street parking in both areas. We are also accessible by MBTA/public transport via the Orange Line, buses, and (when it is finished!) the Green Line extension.

In addition to renting our facilities on an hourly basis, we also offer consultancy on business start-up & permitting, assistance with catering & events, and conduct Food Safety (ServSafe) classes.

There is always something happening at Foundation Kitchen or with our members - please check our event page and our Facebook page for updated events!

To find out if your business or event is a good fit for Foundation, please contact us!

About Ciaran Nagle & Tara Novak

Co-Owners and Founders of Foundation Kitchen

Ciaran and Tara have been involved in the arts for over twenty years, both touring internationally as performers and as business entrepreneurs. Separately, Ciaran founded an event and production company called Nagle Productions in Ireland, which has been servicing a global market for over fifteen years.

In between tours, rather than teaching, Tara (www.taranovak.com) followed her other passion in life - food and wine - and worked for ten years in fine-dining restaurants in Kansas City, New York City, and Boston.

When the pair moved to Boston in 2012, they ended up combining these talents, both performing and doing business consultancy at an Irish pub. One fateful day in 2013, on a floating raft on a pond, with a bottle of sparkling wine and some friends, they blindly said “yes” to running a shared kitchen facility in Somerville. The business made sense to them - it seemed much like, in the music world, running a rehearsal studio.

And… it turned out that they loved it!

When the owner of the previous facility they managed decided to close its doors, Ciaran and Tara knew they wanted to pursue this business. Foundation Kitchen was born in November 2015, with a couple dollars in the bank, a few handshakes, and a wealth of good-wishes from friends and the local community. With all your support, Foundation Kitchen is still here and growing!

Contact us to view our facilities, schedule an event, or inquire about becoming a member.

And who knows? When you stop by, you might just hear some Irish music…