Our Mission

Our mission is to advance economic equity in Oakland by providing educational training and hands-on support for aspiring chef entrepreneurs from refugee, immigrant, and low-income communities who seek to start their own food businesses. Oakland Bloom is dedicated to working within the community by collaborating with local nonprofits and businesses. Together, we aim to create programs that will lead to economic self-sufficiency and pathways to small business ownership.


Chef Stories Chef Stories

Come join us at Oakland Bloom’s Night Market hosted every 2nd Sunday of the month, and get to know our wonderful chefs! We encourage eaters to read about our chefs before the event with the goal of creating a dining experience that not just includes delicious food, but also cultivates meaningful conversations and friendships between our chef entrepreneurs and eaters. Be a part of their entrepreneurial journeys — come […]

RSVP & Tickets RSVP & Tickets

  COME EAT WITH US @ OAKLAND BLOOM’S NIGHT MARKET! NEXT DATE TBA! Come experience a communal hawker-style dining experience with friendly folks and delicious small plates! Each event offers a variety of cultural street-style comfort food cooked by aspiring chef entrepreneurs trained through Oakland Bloom’s Open Test Kitchen program. The Open Test Kitchen Program is a community […]

StartSomeGood Campaign StartSomeGood Campaign

[Campaign film by Joshua Ko, Ayesha Sultan and Aurora] Thank you to everyone who donated to Oakland Bloom’s StartSomeGood campaign! We can’t help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude for all of the support from friends, family, and local community members. We’ve reached our campaign goal and look forward to being in touch over the next few weeks […]