In late 2016, Alchemist CDC was awarded a Local Food Promotion Program Planning Grant by the USDA to assess the viability of Alchemy Kitchen- a food business incubator serving low-income populations in Sacramento.
A food business incubator supports local food entrepreneurs by offering needed resources such as low-cost access to a licensed commercial kitchen, assistance complying with food safety regulations, business planning support and opportunities to grow their local food business successfully. Alchemy Kitchen will also focus on connecting low-income food entrepreneurs to local sources and emphasize healthier food options.
Alchemist CDC, with in-kind support from Dr. Kristin Kiesel (from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics – UC Davis), is performing a feasibility study to assess whether Alchemy Kitchen can be sustained in Sacramento. We are also receiving in-kind support from Capsity Inc., (a California Benefit Corporation) to create a successful business plan for the creation of Alchemy Kitchen.
Alchemy Kitchen will be modeled on appropriate aspects of other successful food business incubators, some examples include:
La Cocina in San Francisco- Website
El Pájaro in Watsonville- Website
Hot Bread Kitchen in New York City- Website
L.A. Kitchen in Los Angeles – Website
Stay tuned for more information as we develop outcomes from our planning process.
Some of our staff and partners doing serious evaluation while touring El Pájaro in Watsonville: