February 2020

50Kitchen, a Story of Second Chances, Celebrates Its Grand Opening in Dorchester Read More

Chef Anthony Caldwell opened his first restaurant this week - 50Kitchen-serving a fusion between Southern soul food and Asian cuisines. "“I looked around the neighborhood and knew I had to make food that spoke to everyone,” Caldwell told Eater. “I needed to find something that speaks to the black community and to the Vietnamese community.”

February 2020

Ruby Chan’s FreshZen pesto making a mark Read More

This month, Ruby Chan's sauces hit the shelves at 31 local Whole Foods Markets. Read the backstory to how this mom of four took recipes developed in her family's Chinatown restaurant and transformed them into the company FreshZen. 

February 2020

At long last, 50Kitchen opens in Fields Corner Read More

Aspiring chef and CWK alum Anthony Caldwell won a contest to open a restaurant. That was just the beginning to a journey that has led, more than two years later, to 50Kitchen's grand opening in the neighborhood where he was raised. 

“He wanted to operate a high-end, African-American-run restaurant, and said, ‘I’m going to risk it with what little resources I’ve got,’ ” said Ismail Samad, a restaurateur advising Caldwell in 50Kitchen’s launch. “It needs to happen. There’s a clear void of successful African-American chefs in the city of Boston. And if he gets noticed for his culinary genius, this would be the beginning of him stepping into that role.”

February 2020

CommonWealth Kitchen helps women-owned, minority-owned food businesses Read More

WCVB "5 for Good" features CommonWealth Kitchen and member Jamaica Mi Hungry. Check out this 2-minute video they produced about our work to level the playing field for women and people of color to break into the food economy.

February 2020

Sustainable Snack Food Startups Featured Among PepsiCo’s 2020 Greenhouse Accelerator Program Finalists Read More

CWK graduate Superfrau was selected to participate in PepsiCo's Greenhouse Accelerator program this year! Each of the startups receive $20,000 in grant funding and participate in a six-month business program designed to accelerate their growth through personalized mentorship. 

February 2020

Food & Anchor Institutions: Long Struggles, Small Victories, Big Lessons Read More

Jen Faigel, CommonWealth Kitchen's Executive Director, shares the great potential and the hard realities of working with anchor institutions in this piece for Nonprofit Quarterly.

February 2020

Opening of eatery in Fields Corner rooted in ‘divine’ pact, says owner Read More

Chef Anthony Caldwell was born and bred in Dorchester. After a long journey filled with struggles, he is finally opening his dream restaurant in his hometown!

January 2020

With Its Social Mission and Fusion Menu, 50Kitchen Opens an Inspiring New Chapter for Its Chef Read More

Anthony Caldwell overcame a host of struggles, followed his dreams—and now debuts a Dorchester restaurant committed to community.

January 2020

The 29 best new restaurants in Boston and the suburbs Read More

A banner year for CommonWealth Kitchen members! Members Jamaica Mi Hungry, Tanám, and Tawakal Halal Cafe who is part of the Cultivate Small Business Business Accelerator we help run, were selected by Boston Globe food writers as three of the 29 best new restaurants in Boston and the suburbs!

January 2020

Diverse, locally owned food start-ups make the menus at Harvard, UMass, & BC Read More

Business reporter Janelle Nanos wrote this in-depth piece about our strategy to help grow the small food start-ups that run their businesses out of our kitchen: Introduce them to the giant food service operations of Boston’s hospitals and universities.

January 2020

10 Mission Driven Incubator Kitchens Read More

CommonWealth Kitchen is featured as one of ten mission-focused incubators in the U.S.!

January 2020

On deck in Savin Hill: The Daily Market Read More

A new hyper-local market is opening up in Dorchester and they are stocking it with products from our members -- twelve of the fifty local vendors are CommonWealth Kitchen members!

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