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.

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.

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

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.



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!

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.

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


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


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.


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.

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