Alchemy Kitchen

Alchemy Kitchen is a business training program and incubator serving aspiring food entrepreneurs from low-income populations in Sacramento. Alchemy Kitchen consists of two phases that build business acumen.

Alchemist Microenterprise Academy (AMA) is a 12-week business training course that teaches the basics of starting a food business. Topics covered range from financial literacy and legal business structures to recipe development and safe food handling.

The Incubator Program is open to select graduates of AMA and provides in-depth assistance customized to specific business needs- including technical assistance, mentorship and low-cost kitchen access.
Alchemist CDC, with in-kind support from Dr. Kristin Kiesel (from the┬áDepartment of Agricultural and Resource Economics – UC Davis), conducted a feasibility study to assess whether Alchemy Kitchen can be sustained in Sacramento. To read the entire feasibility study, click here.

With additional in-kind support from Capsity Inc., (a California Benefit Corporation) we created a business plan for the successful creation of Alchemy Kitchen.

In 2019, our Marketing Intern, Hasan Ridha, created a project Marketing Plan which can be accessed here.

In May 2018, Alchemist CDC was awarded the Promise Zone Financial Institutions Partnership Opportunity grant. This grant, made up of contributions from 10 different financial institutions, is kickstarting the Alchemy Kitchen program.

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The Alchemy Kitchen project is guided by local business leaders and industry experts who make up an Advisory Committee.

Alchemy Kitchen Advisory Committee:

Cameron Law- SVP Sacramento

Christina Clarke- Clover Dairy

Corey Day- Murphy Campbell Alliston Quinn

Dave Nelson- Industry Cooking

Jill Miller- Rabobank

Kristin Kiesel- UC Davis

Lane Lewis- United Business Bank

Paul Somerhausen- Sacto Mofo

Pavan Sandhu- SAFE Credit Union/ Lit Delhi

Rubie Simonsen- SBDC

Sergio Cuellar- Sierra Health Foundation

Do you have experience, interests and/or connections in the food industry? Do you have interest in joining the Alchemy Kitchen Advisory Committee? Click here to see the job decription and contact for more information