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.

The Wilmington Kitchen Collective serves as a center of activity for entrepreneurs seeking a career in Wilmington’s culinary arena. The goals of the facility are to provide lower-cost and higher-quality kitchen facilities for growing food entrepreneurs. In addition to providing a creative space for culinary entrepreneurs to grow their business, we foster the gathering of professionals and pre-professionals who can share contacts and knowledge, creating a more cohesive culinary (entrepreneurial) community. Additionally, the incubator provides, through partners, The Food Bank of Delaware and the Small Business Development Center at UD a curriculum of business services and training to assist entrepreneurs in their business growth.

OUR GOALS

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

  • Improve the local Wilmington economy through job growth and reduced commercial vacancy rates

  • Improve local resident awareness regarding locally grown food preparation and healthy eating habits

  • Increase access to capital and start up grants for entrepreneurs through established partners

  • Increase access to training and business development for entrepreneurs through established partners

OUR STAFF

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CHELSEA SPYRES 
Riverfront Ministries, Pastor & Executive Director

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,
Wilmington Alliance, Director of Creative Placemaking

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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Grace UMC alongside the Presbytery of New Castle, supports Riverfront Ministries, a new faith community and faith-based non-profit located on the Riverfront in Wilmington. Riverfront Church gathers through song, word, and the Table to communicate ancient themes to new ears and to re-introduce the story of Jesus, by the power of the Spirit, as we contemplate the mystery and revelation of God in Jesus Christ. Riverfront Church is committed to the work of justice in our particular location in the City of Wilmington and lives this out through worship, small groups, community engagement, and investing in our city.

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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’s mission statement is that of the UMC, “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” and our vision statement is, “Grace Church seeks to be an urban faith center for sending and receiving mission in Christ’s name.”

OUR PARTNERS

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Our mission is to provide nutritious foods to Delawareans in need and facilitate long-term solutions to the problems of hunger and poverty through community education and advocacy.

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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

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