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:

Boones Red Onions- At Boone’s, we handcraft delicious, artisanal pickled red onions.

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.

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!!



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

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


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.

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


Commercial kitchen access in the Incubator Program is provided in partnership with Fantastic Kitchen. To learn more about Fantastic Kitchen, click the logo below: