A Latino kitchen facility opened Thursday in Forest Grove providing Hispanic restaurant entrepreneurs with a place to prepare food.
Restaurant owners gave tastes of specialty chorizos, tamales, pastries and flan at the opening. A program called Sabor Color allows new business owners to sign up to use the space for cooking and baking.
The kitchen allows low-income Latino entrepreneurs to get a start in business and test out markets.
Salud Gonzalez is a welder by day, but he's hoping to use the kitchen to build up a business selling specialty chorizo.
"I am serving green chorizo, which is a dish from Toluca, Mexico. I can come and make it here and pack it here, but then sell it from my home. For my product, I need to have a certified commercial kitchen, so for me it's really helpful," Gonzalez says.
Sabor Color is working with twelve businesses that will use the kitchen.
This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.