The Incubator Program

After successful completion of AMA training, Alchemist Kitchen participants are eligible to apply for a spot in the Incubator Program. Incubator businesses work closely with Alchemist CDC staff to develop their businesses, build assets, and achieve benchmarks towards business stability.

Due to the highly personalized suite of resources and mentoring, the Incubator Program only accepts small cohorts about 2-5 businesses at a time. Businesses Incubation lasts up to 5 years. Incubation includes:

  • One-on-one business support and guidance
  • Advanced mentoring
  • Technical assistance
  • Finding financing options
  • Connections to business opportunities
  • Subsidized access to commercial kitchen space

Incubator Program participants develop individualized benchmarks and work with program staff to ensure benchmarks are met. Businesses also develop a progression plan for eventual graduation out of the Incubator.

Target participants for the Incubator Program are under-resourced food entrepreneurs from low-income backgrounds or historically disenfranchised populations.

Current Incubator Program Participants:

Aunty Maria’s Fresch Scoops-  Frozen desserts & baked goods hand-crafted in micro-batches made fresh in Midtown Sacramento!


Black Coffee Roaster-  a web-based specialty coffee roastery and pop-up shop. We sell coffee beans, coffee beverages, and coffee-related products online, at farmer’s markets, and at special events.

Épicée- Épicée is a West Sacramento based business that offers a line of spicy products. Including hot sauce, candied jalapeños and escabeche.

Fork Fire- Fork Fire is a is an Organic Specialty Food startup based in Rocklin. We make marinades and dressings that are organic. Made by hand in small batches. Made with locally sourced ingredients when possible. We are excited about the launch of Fork Fire.  We can’t wait to share our entire line of specialty food with you.

Hooked on Paella- Latina owned catering company dedicated to making high quality paellas, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients within a 50-mile radius. We offer catering services as well as interactive outdoor cooking classes for private parties and local events. Allow us to make your next event a fun, festive, delicious, and memorable occasion.  Are you ready to be hooked?


Insomnia Hot Sauce- makes an array of spicy goods and small batch craft hot sauces with hot peppers from their small urban farm.

Jazz’s Saucy Sauce- Jazz’s Saucy Sauce is a versatile sauce that changes flavor profiles depending on what you put it on. Spicy on tacos, buttery on rice, tangy on salads and creamy on eggs! Give it a try and see how saucy you like it!!


Juiced by Kenya- is a cold pressed juice company serving local Sacramento. Juice by Kenya is affordable and serves on demand and delivers directly to you!


Kitchensinkfoodie- Is a personal chef/catering company that provides fusion, flavor and food made with love. We specialize in fresh unexpected cuisine that uses locally sourced ingredients. Created for busy people who want meal prep and catering for family style gatherings.

Manzanita Bakehouse- Sacramento based micro-bakery featuring naturally leavened, long ferment breads made from local and organic flour.

Meza California- Arab-inspired shared plates and fresh bread with California local ingredients and flavors from the homelands. I’ve been a community organizer for the last five years fighting on the frontline with workers and residents, I really want to build deeper connections with my community.We specialize in fresh baked bread and passed small plates – perfect for your gathering, wedding, or event.


Mindy’s Kitchen- Mindy’s Kitchen will provide fresh and full meal shakable salads for customers on the go seeking healthy, plant based options with minimal preparation.


Neck Nosh- Neck Nosh pretzel necklaces are “Foodie fun” convenient for on-the-go snacking, promotional gifts,or some Zoom meeting pizazz!

One Love Toffee- Provides almond toffee with a surprisingly soft crunch. They use inspirational packaging and quotes as expressions meant to uplift us, empower us, and remind us all to be of service to one another.



Puzz E. Gata Jamaica- Puzz E. Gata Jamaica is an artisan brewed hibiscus tea. At Puzz E. Gata Jamaica, we transform the beautiful hibiscus sabdariffa flower into flavorful teas steeped in the traditions of Mexico. Puzz E. Gata Jamaica is a queer woman of color owned small business located in Sacramento, California.

Real Mojo Foods- Real Mojo Foods creates small batch pickles, jerky and sauces from simple and fresh ingredients. Our motto is: Real Ingredients, Real Food, Real Good!

S.H.E.- Southern Hospitality Eats- makes Southern inspired baked goods and treats


Salsa Sazona- we connect the pieces of my family’s recipes, heritage, and love of food while we find some empowerment through the art of salsa

Side Hustle Pizza- Side Hustle Pizza pops-up to craft gourmet delicious pizzas. You bring the party, we bring the pizza!


Steady Smokin’ BBQ- Steady Smokin’ BBQ is the culmination of my favorite culinary experiences. Our mission is to provide you with a different take on Barbeque: Mesquite smoked meats, handmade tortillas and salsas de Molcajete.


Sugar Coated Cupcakes- Sugar Coated Cupcakes, a Gourmet Mobile Cupcakery owned by Mother-Daughter duo LaQueanya & Mechiala Henry.


The Burnt Skillet- Provides plant forward vegan soul food catering and pop-ups.


The Chubby Cupboard- Artisan pasta handmade in Sacramento with farm fresh, local produce.


The Sensory- The Sensory provides delicious Mexican/BBQ fusion catering and pop-ups.


Commercial kitchen access in the Incubator Program is provided at the Alchemist Kitchen in north Sacramento. Learn more about Alchemist Kitchen here.