About Rose Culinary

Allison Rose is a venture capitalist in the culinary world, having financially backed and championed some of the West Coast’s most celebrated restaurants and culinary innovations of the past decade. She is known for her ability to judge character and her passion for food and cooking, and her investments are based on her personal tastes, with an emphasis on empowering female entrepreneurs.

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Allison’s portfolio includes some of the Bay Area’s and Hawaii’s most innovative restaurants and culinary enterprises, including Birdsong, Protégé, Selby’s, Bar Crenn, Che Fico, Merriman’s, Casa Dragones, Good Eggs and Maui Nui. She is dedicated to providing talented entrepreneurs with the support they need to succeeed, including financial backing and networking as well as intangibles sucks as moral support and advice.

Rose’s investments are based on her personal tastes and she is proud to champion innovative chefs and entrepreneurs.

Philanthropy and community are some of her top priorities. She has served on the board of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, FoodCorps of America and Aloha Hui Kiholo. As of 2023 she is proud to join the James Beard Foundation Board of Trustees.

Watch the Business of Business interview.

The ‘VC of food’ Allison Rose on investing in restaurants.

Read the Nob Hill Gazette article

Taste of Success.


Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen joined Rose Culinary in 2021 and is based in Los Angeles. He focuses on early-stage companies in food and beverage and consumer tech.

Patrick is also an associate at RLH Equity Partners, a private equity firm based in LA. Prior to Rose Culinary and RLH, Patrick worked in M&A at Thrasio and sales development at Nextdoor. While at Thrasio, Patrick sourced 14 completed M&A transactions, including the largest deal in the firm’s history. At Nextdoor, he was responsible for developing relationships with advertisers and helped generate over seven figures of ad revenue. Before Thrasio and Nextdoor, Patrick founded a vending company freshman year of college, where he grew the network to 110 machines, operations in 13 states, and partnerships with several large hotel chains.