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:

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.

https://blkcoffeeroastery.com/
  @blkcoffeeroastery

https://www.facebook.com/blkcoffeeroastery

Épicée- Épicée is a West Sacramento based business that offers a line of healthy products and services including Épicée Hot Sauce and Epicee Protein Balls.

https://epicee-yolo.com/
  @epicee.yolo

https://www.facebook.com/epicee.yolo

Feel Good Vegan- Feel Good Vegan makes several types of vegan meats. Our mission is to “Feel Good, Eat Good, and Do Good”. Our company is all about doing things that make us feel good about ourselves, which can be done through a multitude of ways, but we want to make people feel good about themselves by encouraging them to chase their dreams and by providing them food that doesn’t compromise our planet.
  @feelgoodveg916

https://www.facebook.com/Feel-Good-Vegan-103205998258759

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.
  @forkfirefoods

Grill Factor Meal Prep- Grill Factor specializes in smoked meats and delicious prepped meals for busy people.
  @grillfactormp

Insomnia Hot Sauce- makes small batch craft hot sauces with hot peppers from their small urban farm.
  @insomniahotsauce

https://www.facebook.com/insomniahotsauce

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?

  @hookedonpaella

https://www.facebook.com/hookedonpaella

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.

  @mezacalifornia

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.

  @onelovetoffee

  onelovetoffee.com

 

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!!

  @jazzssaucysauce

 https://jazzssaucysauce.com/

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!

  @juicedbykenya

https://juicedbykenya.com

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

https://www.necknosh.com/
  @necknosh

https://www.facebook.com/necknosh

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.
  @puzzegatajamaica

https://www.facebook.com/puzze.gata.jamaica

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!

https://www.realmojofoods.com/
  @realmojofoods

https://www.facebook.com/realmojofoods

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

  @theburntskillet

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

  @thesensorybbq

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

  @she_foods_com

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

  @sidehustlepizza

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.

  @steady_smokin_bbq

https://www.facebook.com/steadysmokinbbq

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

  @sugarcoated_cupcakes

https://www.facebook.com/sugarcoatedcupcakeselkgrove

https://sugarcoatedcupcakes.com/

Table Bread- We are a youth-led social enterprise of The Table at Central United Methodist Church. We grow food with our neighbors, make and break sourdough bread, and strive to practice just community.

https://thetable.farm/

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

 

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