On August 1, the Sacramento Kings unveiled the second contest of the annual Capitalize competition – Capitalize: Food. The contest aims to provide exceptionally skilled and creative food entrepreneurs from the region with a unique opportunity to demonstrate their culinary expertise and bolster their brand equity and exposure.
Capitalize: Food applications opened on August 1 and saw a diverse response before the application window closed on August 18.
Today, the Sacramento Kings notified the pool of applicants who will advance to the next stage of the contest. Throughout the coming days, applicants will engage in interviews to share more about their concepts. A select number of these applicants will be chosen to receive mentorship and coaching as they prepare for the contest’s Pitch Day.
Pitch Day and Culinary Showdown:
On Pitch Day, September 6, a panel of successful executives, investors and industry leaders will evaluate the ideas and pitches of the contestants. Finalists will be selected from the remaining pool of contestants, earning a spot in a cook-off event on September 14. During this culinary showdown, finalists will bring their concepts to life in Golden 1 Center’s kitchen for a chance to win placement inside the arena.
The Ultimate Reward:
The contest winner will be announced on September 19 and will receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have their food and/or restaurant brand featured at Golden 1 Center during the 2023-24 NBA Season. In addition, the winner’s creation will be showcased during the Kings 2023 Media Food Tasting this fall.
Introducing the Capitalize: Food Contestants:
Get acquainted with the talented pool of applicants competing in the 2023 Capitalize: Food contest, each bringing their unique vision to the competition.
- Boba & Bites
- Cafe Delicias
- Chef Taka Watanabe
- Druthers Sutter Park
- Food + Familia
- Fresh Off Da Boat by Chef T'
- Hai Sushi House
- Kalani Kakes
- Lucians Food
- Midtown’s Cantina Alley
- Pecha Hospitality’s "Omakase Por Favor"
- Sienna’s Sweets Shoppe
- SpiderMonkey’s Dessert Studio
- SS Foods Sacramento
- Sugar Coated Cupcakes, LLC
- The Wyne Down
To learn more about the Sacramento Kings 2023 Capitalize: Food competition, visit Kings.com/CapitalizeFood.