Announcing the 10 Connecticut Ventures Accepted in the Food Business Accelerator 2021

Collab
4 min readFeb 16, 2021

The Food Business Accelerator is a partnership between CitySeed and Collab.

In light of COVID-19, the Food Business Accelerator is currently virtual.

The Food Business Accelerator by CitySeed and Collab is a statewide accelerator for Connecticut early-stage food entrepreneurs.

The aim of the Food Business Accelerator is to remove barriers to food entrepreneurship across the state of Connecticut by providing training, network-building, and access to resources. Our goal is to create economic opportunity for all, increase leadership by people of color and immigrant food entrepreneurs, and strengthen our local food system by linking rising food entrepreneurs and farmers.

And now, we’re proud to introduce you to the 10 ventures in the Food Business Accelerator 2021 cohort:

Adobo Y Soul offers authentic, convenient, made to order Puerto Rican and soul food dishes with vegan options — crafted with comfort and family in mind.

Alegría Cafe offers a variety of Mexican breakfast and fresh pizzas full of tradition and culinary inheritance for those who value a balance of health and authenticity in their cuisine.

EatUp LLC pairs a fine dining catering experience with artisan, imaginative, and Italian-inspired soul food feeding bellies and souls and sharing great vibes throughout New Haven County.

Fantastic Foods is a twist on American Comfort Food offering unique culinary creations, people-centered customer service, and a consciousness of food insecurity for the Cedar Street lunch crowd and beyond.

Heartfelt Catering serves health-conscious options to the Black community using soul-inspired recipes and plant-based products to support a healthier lifestyle.

Ja T’aime is a bar specializing in a unique combination of clever treats paired with crafted cocktails — for a special occasion, Friday night with friends, or, simply, just because.

KDCrop Farms produces a line of tasty, expertly-produced food accents boasting a variety of familiar and exotic flavors of relishes, pickles, jams, and salsas that are farmed-raised, handmade, and naturally-grown in the last green valley in Connecticut.

Rosetree offers authentic recipes using all natural ingredients that will help to boost your immune system and arouse your senses. They take a holistic approach to cooking by utilizing culinary methods with nature’s finest ingredients to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Westville Quality Market is a neighborhood grocery store offering fresh produce, healthy food products, and locally-sourced options for the Westville Community.

Tortilleria Semilla offers organic, non-GMO tortillas that are fresh with unique taste to satisfy all your needs — from our cooperative to New Haven businesses and homes alike.

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