By Gail Ciampa
The Providence Journal, R.I.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Besides providing a commercial kitchen for the cooks to work in, a new food incubator in R.I. will help small businesses get licensed and develop financial plans.
Local food got a boost this month with the opening of the Kitchen @ 40 S. Main St. to incubate food entrepreneurs.
It’s the newest project of NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley and includes a large, well-appointed commercial kitchen, which gives the chefs a place to cook, bake and store their food.
A weekly Saturday market from noon to 4 p.m. on site will feature the pies, cakes, cookies and more from the new food artisans. The market will also have a rotating selection of vendors with crafts and produce, as well as entertainment.
The incubator’s inaugural class includes Andrea Russell and her Rustic Roots Baking, Roscoe Gay’s Every 1s Chef, Sandra and Thomas Morgan’s Providence Pie Company, jam maker Jeow by Eve Keobounthanh, and Sue’s Cajunaise, a sandwich spread by Suzanne Ducharme.
Though smaller in space, the Kitchen and its mission are similar to Hope & Main in Warren, the state’s first culinary incubator, which has several floors of commercial kitchens.
It’s all good news for those who share a love of food and a passion for making it local. The renovated building at 40 South Main St. includes an outdoor patio and an indoor event space.
There is also a gallery with works by local artists such as Emily Lisker of Woonsocket and Jerry Aissis of Cumberland on display and for sale. It all adds to the creative atmosphere of the setting.
While the commercial kitchen is the centerpiece of the project, the bigger goal is to promote economic growth in Woonsocket and Northern Rhode Island, said Tamara Burman, the program manager.