Encouraging Food-Based Business Development along the Blackstone Corridor!

We are NOW recruiting interested community members with demonstrated interest and a strong passion for food industry careers and entrepreneurship! For more information or to learn how to apply, please contact Kelsey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (559) 485-1416.

What's Cooking Logo In 2018, Fresno Metro Ministry/Better Blackstone, along with many partners, will be launching the What’s Cooking Fresno? Local Food Business Management & Entrepreneurship Incubator Program to prepare aspiring chefs, food business entrepreneurs, and food management professionals for local business and employment success.

Food on Display We’ve spent the past year collecting survey data on food businesses and diverse culinary traditions, hosting focus groups and working with aspiring food entrepreneurs to organize two Multicultural Cooking Expo events at Manchester Center.

Cooking Expo EventThe What’s Cooking Fresno? Incubator will provide:

  • Culinary Training
  • Business, Marketing & Financial Planning
  • Paid Work Experience
  • Support for Existing Businesses & New Start-Ups
  • Vendor Spaces
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Connections to Food Business Experts & Resources
  • Individualized Coaching/Mentoring

Food Art on Display The What’s Cooking Fresno? Incubator will:

  • Celebrate cultural culinary traditions
  • Help aspiring entrepreneurs successfully launch businesses
  • Strengthen and expand existing businesses

“FreshLo: Food as a Creative Platform for Neighborhood Revitalization” is a joint effort by Kresge’s Arts & Culture and Health Programs to develop food-oriented initiatives in cities across the country.

Fresno Metro Ministry, the backbone organization for the Better Blackstone Association, is one of 26 grant recipients (only two in CA) out of 528 applicants, funded by The Kresge Foundation FreshLo initiative to support our "Building the Better Blackstone CDC through Food Oriented Placemaking" project.