Boston based Alchemista has made its mark in Boston and continues to grow with a new expansion in Brooklyn, NY. The Christine Marcus led company has opened a news commissary in the Hub. The Alchemista Commissary is a continuation of the company’s goal to disrupt the world of corporate catering through innovation.
Alchemista is a full-service, high-touch hospitality partner for all of a businesses’ corporate food & beverage needs, including: daily, weekly, or monthly meal service, one-time meal service, culture-building experiences, complete on-site beverage & office snacking solutions, and branded treats. All of these options come without the expense of building or operating an on-premises commercial kitchen.
Alchemista was founded by MIT Sloan grad Christine Marcus in 2012 as a way to allow employers to remain competitive in the search and retention of top talent by providing unique food and curated brand experiences that enrich workplace culture. A recurring model where clients commit to daily, weekly or monthly meals, Alchemista serves over 35,000 meals/month with an average order size of 120 people, allowing companies to compete with the “Google-esque” perks doled out by competitors for the same talent. In addition, Alchemista provides complete snack program solutions, branded treats and culture-instilling corporate special events around food & drink. A sampling of long-time clients includes Ipsen, Draft Kings, GoDaddy and Black Duck Software.
From the beginning, Alchemista revolutionized the world of complicated meal delivery by offering flat-rate pricing, client attendants, hospitality-minded service, meal variety, and food service attractively presented with Alchemista’s signature style.
Up until now, Alchemista has sourced their meals from a combination of well-known restaurants to small pizza joints. With the addition of the Alchemista Commissary, they now are able to add their own chef-created meals to their menu assortment, allowing for increased customization and control over the quality of the food served to their clients.
“Ordering food for an office has always been a challenge – from quantity to reliability, budgeting to presentation. With Alchemista, we solved those pain points for larger companies mainly in tech, pharma, and healthcare who, through our service, can order hassle-free, out-of-the-box weekly lunches for their staff at the cost of approximately $750/person/year,” said Marcus, “Our one limitation has been our ability to find restaurant solutions to satisfy all of our customer requests; no longer! Our ability to now offer our clients increased customization and inspired farm-to-table cuisine only further enhances the value of the benefit our clients are able to offer to their staff.”
Located in Malden, MA, the new 6,000 square foot commissary space is a professional commercial kitchen, led by Alchemista Corporate Chef Nevin Taylor. A recent addition to the Alchemista team, Nevin joined the company as part of CEO Christine Marcus’ vision to offer clients a true one-stop-shop for all of their corporate food & beverage needs.
Taylor’s strengths lie in custom large catering operations, creative ever-changing menus, and a passion for sourcing local and sustainable ingredients. Restaurant experience includes Tres Gatos, ASTA and Dellas, and he is the host and producer of Cooking Up a Podcast to explore and connect with chefs, farmers and f&b producers throughout New England.
Marcus and Alchemista have also recently added alcohol to its portfolio of food and beverage services designed to help companies enhance their corporate culture and motivate their teams using food and drink. Now, with the addition of a full suite of innovative and creative alcohol solutions, companies can add beer, wine and spirits to their perks as well.
Alchemista’s new catered beverage program ranges from the entry-level addition of beer to a March Madness-themed office party to world-class cocktail experiences led by internationally-recognized mixologists to themed beverages (blue cocktails for the sales team, yellow for the facilities team) designed to celebrate a company’s internal department successes.
“When enjoyed responsibly, alcohol can play an important role in today’s workplace,” added Marcus. “From encouraging engagement amongst colleagues from different departments to its use as a fun conduit to learning and education, our team bring years of collective experience in building beverage programs to the table and can design programs as custom as a client desires. With this new addition to our already one-of-a-kind food offerings, we are now truly able to support every element of a company’s F&B needs.”
Marcus’ vision includes a new Brooklyn based operation that will serve Manhattan and Metro New York.
“We cater to employers seeking to create their own unique workplace culture to help amplify their core values, maximize performance and profitability, and maintain a high level of employee satisfaction through unforgettable culinary and cultural experiences at every touchpoint,” Marcus concluded.
To learn more about Alchemista, visit their website.