Alchemist CDC is developing 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.
In late 2016, Alchemist CDC was awarded a Local Food Promotion Program Planning Grant by the USDA, with in-kind support from Dr. Kristin Kiesel (from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics – UC Davis), we conducted a feasibility study which found great project potential and viability. A copy of the feasibility study can be obtained HERE. We are also receiving in-kind support from Capsity Inc., (a California Benefit Corporation) to construct a business plan for the successful 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 our project continues to develop.
Some of our staff and partners doing serious evaluation while touring El Pájaro in Watsonville: