By Candice Wagener | Photographed by Sunny Frantz
With two kitchens, 800 square feet of storage space and plenty of room to spare, Christine Ameigh is working alongside well-known Madison food vendors Looking Glass Bakery, A Lush Life, Origin Breads, Meals by Cassoulet, Chef K. Clark Pickles & Preserves and food carts The Ugly Apple and Aloha Wagon. A small retail space at the front of the building offers products from these tenants plus other local items like Off the Block Salsa.
Ameigh launched this new venture on East Washington in 2014 out of need for a space near downtown with storage and prep area for making her Slide gourmet potato chips and for her mobile food biz of the same name. Ameigh is now making five flavors of chips—including curry garlic and spicy BBQ—which are available at 35 different retail and restaurant locations in Madison, New Glarus and Milwaukee. The business will be expanding into the neighboring space later this spring, which will provide additional room for cooking classes, private events and pop-up dinners.
Ameigh can remember being a student at East High School telling friends about her dream of opening a restaurant. After graduation, Ameigh relocated to Southern California, where she was exposed to a variety of food trucks and felt inspired to take the trend back to Madison.
Ameigh is genuine in her appreciation and support of the other vendors she is working with, commenting on how they all purchase from each other and problem solve together. “Knowing that not everyone is your competition and it’s okay to help each other out,” helps the spirit of collaboration blossom at Christine’s Kitchens.