Kitchen@812 seeks new class of foodpreneurs


Have a great idea for a food business?

Kitchen@812, the nonprofit food business incubator that boasts a burgeoning list of success stories, is encouraging more budding food-preneurs to join its free incubation program. Training starts Oct. 5. To register, go here.

The nonprofit has helped to launch a number of successful businesses such as Adiam Teff Delights, a company trying to provide children with food allergies healthy meal options.

The nonprofit also helped stay-at-home mom, Eboni, launch Sweet Ebbie Cupcakes, a business she wants to use to generate additional income to support her household.

Another food-preneur, Chae, lost 140 pounds while embarking on a healthier life before enlisting help from Kitchen@812 to launch Eat Suite, which offers healthy meals for pickup or delivery. The nonprofit says it wants to help Chae tap an emerging market for healthy meal plans.

Chae said the idea for her business came after she posted her meal creations on Facebook and received a lot of attention from friends.

Similarly, the idea for the food business, The Tree Space, came from a casual encounter: a conversation about the rewards of business ownership. Four passionate women launched the business focusing on Middle Eastern flavors and approached Kitchen@812 for guidance.

“With staff support, they are moving forward with formalizing their company and are actively testing their products’ appeal at local specialty stores, like Berkeley Bowl,” said Rigley Dutra, business development official at Kitchen@812.

Kitchen@812 is a program operated by the West Contra Costa Business Development Center. Individuals who want to participate in the upcoming training should commit to meeting weekly on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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