“Food craft is where food and people meet. Where human skills make flavor. Where better food is born.”
– Anya Fernald, founder of Food Craft Institute
Food Craft Institute (FCI) is a non-profit educational institution founded in 2011 with the mission to reshape the U.S. food landscape by creating a permanent sector of viable artisan food businesses.
We firmly believe that revitalization of the American food system requires a deep understanding of honest entrepreneurship rooted in an appreciation for both traditional and novel foodmaking techniques. Neither a business school or a culinary institution, our alternative approach combines classroom sessions focused on practical business skill development and on-the-ground entrepreneurial mentorship, supporting the regrowth of lost foodways and craftsmanship. Whether in the practitioner facility of a master craftsman or with a strategist in our Oakland classroom, FCI courses are structured to challenge and manifest your personal stance to the question: “What does food craft mean to you?”