NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley is thrilled to support the Millrace Kitchen, an incubator space designed to support food business startups. Since opening in 2017, over 40 food businesses have worked out of the kitchen space at 40 South Main Street.
In this series, you’ll Meet the Millrace Members, get a sense of what it takes to start a food business and learn of some incredible food and baked goods being made right in downtown Woonsocket.
Tell us about yourself and your business.
My name is Chelsea Martin and I live right here in Woonsocket with my fiancé and our two (very large) dogs! My business is Chelcuterie by Chelsea and it actually started out as more of a passion project back in October of 2020, during the COVID lockdown. I was looking for a creative outlet to keep me busy and landed on Charcuterie boards. I’ve always loved hosting and feeding people and I’ve always loved cheese, so it just made sense! I’ve made boards for events with friends and family in the past and people always loved them! It’s truly amazing how a beautiful display of finger food can bring people together. The name Chelcuterie is a combination of my name and the word Charcuterie, but I can’t even take credit for the mashup, as it was a friend who dubbed my earliest boards “Chelcuterie”. So, I had the idea and the name which led me to creating an Instagram to post my photos. It quickly became clear that there was a strong interest in the area for something of this nature, so I decided to officially make it a business and that’s when I found the Millrace Kitchen, just seven minutes down the road, a dream commute! Now, I am able to offer my creations for pickup and local delivery within Rhode Island and Massachusetts. This summer has been crazy, amazing and busy, so I am grateful for the support of the local community and look forward to continuing my journey and growing this business!
What type of food do you make?
I craft artisanal charcuterie boards, boxes, and grazing tables. The standard product is a combination of cheese, cured meats, fruit, nuts, and other accompaniments, arranged into a visually appealing display. However, I love customizing the boards to fit the theme or event for my customers, so the sky is really the limit as far as what I will put on a board! I’ve done brunch boards, candy boards, dessert boards, movie night, the list goes on! The most important thing is that the display be beautiful and eye-catching! I’m not selling a secret recipe here; it’s all about the visuals!
How can customers find you?
What are your food business dreams?
As I approach a year of Chelcuterie by Chelsea, this has been on my mind a lot! I am definitely looking into expansion, as I am currently a one woman show, and would benefit greatly from an extra set of hands on the busy weekends and holidays. However, it’s hard to say exactly where it’s going to take me. I just know I want to continue to do what makes me happy. Seeing the look on a customer’s face when they receive their board is reassurance enough for me that this is something I need to continue doing. I have a feeling Chelcuterie by Chelsea is going to be around for a while! Stay tuned!
Interested in starting up your own food business? Need for a baker or caterer for your next event? Looking for a unique space to hold a party?
Visit the Millrace Kitchen to learn more about our offerings.