OUR MISSION

The Wilmington Kitchen Collective is a community-based project dedicated to serving food industry entrepreneurs from marginalized local communities. Our mission is to empower holistic transformation by providing affordable, high-quality commercial kitchen facilities in an effort to usher in human flourishing.

OUR GOALS

  • Provide low-cost shared kitchen facilities for growing food-based businesses 

  • Increase access to capital and start up grants for entrepreneurs 

  • Increase access to training and business development for entrepreneurs 

  • Build a community of culinary entrepreneurs to support and encourage one another in their journey. 

OUR STAFF

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KATIE LECOCQ,
Project Manager

Katie LeCocq hails from Seattle, WA, and has happily called Wilmington her home for six years now. She is passionate about all collaborative art forms, and is co-lead for the Delaware Fun-A-Day as well as serving on the board for Barrel of Makers - both volunteer positions with the mission of making art and self expression accessible to all. 

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CHELSEA SPYRES 
Executive Director & Pastor, Riverfront Ministries

Pastor Chelsea is a Delaware native who moved back to the area in January 2020 to serve at Riverfront and Grace Church. She loves living in the city, walking to work, and really getting to know folks through story sharing. Chelsea’s dream day is community gathering around food, service, and fellowship- which is why the Kitchen Collective makes so much sense! Chelsea is grateful for the many community partners and entrepreneurs who have invested in so many ways to make this project a reality.

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LAURA SEMMELROTH,
Director of Creative Placemaking, Wilmington Alliance

Laura is an economic and community development professional with over 20 years of experience working in challenged communities.  She currently serves as the Director of Creative Placemaking for Wilmington Alliance, where she has successfully implemented the Creative District plan in the West Center City neighborhood of Wilmington.

OUR TEAM

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Riverfront is a faith-based non-profit, and the operating partner of the Kitchen. Riverfront gathers for worship at 5:05 pm at the Riverfront Hare Pavilion. While they do not have any physical property of their own, Riverfront transforms spaces in the community that already exist to create places of community and justice. Riverfront is passionate about economic and food justice, and have been a part of the Kitchen Collective from the beginning.  

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Wilmington Alliance was founded in 2019 by the merger of two long-standing Wilmington nonprofit organizations. Our mission is to partner with community and civic leaders to prioritize the City’s highest needs. By connecting with neighborhoods, the business community, nonprofits, and local, state and regional development entities, the Alliance works to drive economic opportunity and social vitality through the lens of equity and inclusion. Nurturing a network of catalysts, we focus on economic and workforce development, revitalization through community engagement, and creative placemaking. We are passionate about our work, our partners, and our citywide mission.

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Grace serves as the physical space partner of the first location of the Wilmington Kitchen Collective. Grace sees their space as an asset to be shared with the community. They are excited to partner with Riverfront and Wilmington Alliance to bring the Collective to life! 

OUR PARTNERS

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The focus of the Delaware Small Business Development Center (DSBDC) is to develop and support entrepreneurship throughout the State of Delaware by working one on one without clients to understand their needs and assist them in a path forward.

FUNDERS