a food maker success story
Maureen from 'Sacred Cow' created a crowd-pleasing granola with a unique flavor profile.
a food maker success story
Lenny from 'Avonaise' has developed his own signature avocado-based mayo.
a food maker success story
Matt & Louby from 'The Backyard Food Company' are building a national brand that started from a backyard garden.
a food maker success story
Karen from 'Just Like Nana's' puts her own twist on a traditional Jewish pastry.
A food maker success story.
Greg from 'Rose Mary's Pralines' developed his product from a 100 year-old family recipe.
about hope & main

Where food producers, farmers and fishermen can connect, scale and thrive!

We provide access to industry-specific resources and low cost, low risk shared-use commercial kitchens to local entrepreneurs jump-starting early-stage food companies.

for food makers

Incubator Program

Our signature incubation program gives food businesses a low-risk opportunity to test, scale and develop without the cost and liability in equipping, managing and maintaining your own commercial facility.

Kitchens

Makers will love working in one of our 4 code-compliant, shared-use commercial kitchens.

Demos / Classrooms

Nutritionists, Teachers, Chefs and other food educators can utilize our Demo Kitchen as a workspace, training space or dining room.

Comprehensive Curriculum

Our curriculum provides entrepreneurs with the recipe for turning your food into a profitable business.

Meeting Spaces

Members can use our online booking module to request private space to host meetings, tastings or administrative tasks.

Packing / Shipping

We offer a code-compliant space with equipment for labeling, sealing and shrink-wrapping packages.

Storage Space

Our members have access to both cold and dry storage in the form of shelving, pallets, and secure roller lockers.

for food lovers

Farmers Markets · Events · Workshops

eat, drink & shop local

29mar5:00 pm- 8:00 pmMeet the HarvestersThe East Bay's celebration for the 4th Annual Quahog Week!

8apr5:00 pm- 6:30 pm4-Week Session

8apr6:00 pmSorry! Tickets are out of stock.Cannabis: Coming to a Kitchen Near You!

12apr6:00 pm- 8:00 pmDinner at the Barre!Barre, Dinner and Cooking Lessons!

or make a suggestion for an event

for food buyers

Retailers & Distributors

Hope & Main is home to more than 50 independent food-related companies looking to develop and expand their businesses. We help “incubate” these companies and connect them with customers & retailers like you.

upcoming events for retailers:

18apr8:30 am- 5:00 pmFood Safety Manager Certification (ServSafe)Safety first!

25apr12:00 pm- 3:00 pmThe Tabletop Show: A Buyers MarketplaceA one-of-a-kind trade show

Meet a Member

a Hope & Main success story

or take a workshop

for everyone!

The latest from Hope & Main

from twitter:

We'll be at @HopeandMain with @RhodeIslandDEM on 3/29 celebrating #QuahogWeek! Meet the harvesters, sample some beer, and learn about sustainable seafood in RI. More info here: https://t.co/HUZU0igphP #HiNeighbor

Lunch in @KennedyPlazaPVD today, 12:00 to 1:30. @NimanRanch natural angus beef, @cabotcheese sharp cheddar, and butter-toasted @potatorolls are on board each and every day. #cheeseburgers #cheddar #Providence

from facebook:

18 hours ago

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Congratulations are in order for our own Bellicchis Best Biscotti! 🙌 Thanks to the good folks at Community Investment Corporation, a microloan will now help get this biscotti business ready to make big moves toward the next level. Were all rooting for you, Kathleen! 👏👏👏Image attachmentImage attachment

Congratulations are in order for our own Bellicchi's Best Biscotti! 🙌 Thanks to the good folks at Community Investment Corporation, a microloan will now help get this biscotti business ready to make big moves toward the next level. We're all rooting for you, Kathleen! 👏👏👏Help us congratulate another CIC microloan borrower as she grows her business in Rhode Island! Bellicchi's Best Biscotti in Warren, RI chose a CIC #MicroNOW loan to invest in the growth of the biscotti business she runs out of the highly successful food biz incubator, Hope & Main. Kathleen Bellicchi started her business with her husband Eric, and operates out of the Hope & Main commercial kitchen facility. She sources fresh, local ingredients and sells her yummy biscotti at Farmers Markets and events throughout the Ocean State. With the help of Hope and Main, Rhode Island’s first haven for new food businesses, Bellicchi’s Best Biscotti is part of a movement that is perfectly poised to help grow Rhode Island’s local food economy. Hope and Main’s facilities and personal support offer a nurturing environment full of people who are passionate about food. CIC is proud to be a part of Kathleen's story! Do yourself a big favor and order some biscotti now. But be careful, these delicious treats are addicting! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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We absolutely love Community Investment Corporation! They helped us make our dreams a reality! Best of luck, Bellicchi's Best Biscotti !

6 days ago

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Today is Day 1 for this new Uproot: Plant-Based Milk setup! Have you tried it yet? Were partial to the Coconut, but theyre all pretty fantastic. We are excited to see this company taking flight!

Today is Day 1 for this new Uproot: Plant-Based Milk setup! Have you tried it yet? We're partial to the Coconut, but they're all pretty fantastic. We are excited to see this company taking flight!Do you like plant-based milks? Starting this Wednesday, Brown is now offering a new variety of coconut, chocolate pea, soy and almond milk in Sharpe! Thank you Brown Dining Services! The milks are locally-sourced from a Providence-based company called Uproot, which was founded by Brown Alumni. Uproot's milks are sustainable, generating fewer greenhouse gases, requiring less water, and using 56% less packaging waste than their dairy counterparts. Check out www.uprootmilk.com to learn more! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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I love oat milk!

I am pumped about this

Awesome! (but needs Soy milk too :-))

6 days ago

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