Boston Clears The Way For Cooks To Sell Food From Their Home Kitchens

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The Boston City Council essentially created a new business opportunity Wednesday.

The council voted to change city law to allow people to sell "cottage foods" out of their own kitchens. That includes things like cookies, pastries, cakes, pies, churros, tortillas, dried fruit, pasta, granola, and jams — all things that don't spoil easily or require special temperatures to store.

Lead sponsor Julia Mejia predicts it will pave the way for low-income, minority, and immigrant entrepreneurs to start their own businesses without the capital needed to open a restaurant or food truck.

We discuss with Councilor Mejia and Andree Entezari, a city planning student at BU, advocate for home cooks, and a home cook himself.

This segment aired on March 31, 2021.


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