Alchemist Kitchen

The Alchemist Kitchen program was born out of our mission at Alchemist CDC to connect communities to land, food, and opportunity. Since 2019, we have offered the Alchemist Microenterprise Academy (AMA) and Alchemist Kitchen Incubator (AKIP) programs to help train, equip, and empower under-resourced entrepreneurs to start their own food businesses.

Growing good ideas and great recipes into successful food businesses.

Alchemist Kitchen is a business training program and incubator serving aspiring food entrepreneurs from under-served communities in Sacramento, California. Alchemist Kitchen is made up of four components:

1. Alchemist Microenterprise Academy (AMA) is a 12-week business training course that teaches the basics of starting a food business. Topics covered range from financial literacy and legal business structures to recipe development and safe food handling. AMA is offered twice each year, in the spring and fall.

2. The Alchemist Kitchen Incubator Program (AKIP) is open to select graduates of AMA and provides in-depth assistance customized to specific business needs including technical assistance, mentorship and low-cost kitchen access.

3. The Alchemist Kitchen at 882 El Camino Ave is a shared-use commercial kitchen in North Sacramento. As we have worked with new food entrepreneurs, we have recognized the need for an affordable, shared-use commercial kitchen to provide them with the means to safely and legally prepare their food. The kitchen is also available to rent by businesses who are not connected to AMA or AKIP. This space not only provides local food businesses with the tools needed to start and grow, but also offers a supportive entrepreneurial community.

4. Alchemist Public Market (APM) is a project in-development, which will open in Sacramento’s River District in late 2025 – early 2026. When constructed on .82 acres, APM will be an all-electric campus including a shared-use incubator kitchen, a social enterprise cafĂ©, a retail store featuring products from small Sacramento makers, and a co-working office. It will also be home to 8 small incubator restaurants with a shared outdoor food court, ample shade structures, a weekly farmers’ market, an inclusive playground, and more. This project will particularly provide opportunities to Incubator Program participants and AMA graduates.

Sacramento Made

Are you looking to make a delicious difference?

Take a look at our Holiday Gift Guide or our incubator Business Directory and shop for locally-made goodies from businesses in the Alchemist Kitchen Incubator Program.