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The Hatchery, a New Incubator Kitchen, to Open in Newport

Something delicious is hatching in Newport.

The Hatchery, a micro-incubator kitchen that will host start-up food companies, is the latest creation baked up at the Northern Kentucky Incubator Kitchen, the Covington-based organization founded by Rachel DesRochers of Grateful Grahams.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Newport has converted its kitchen into the incubator space and there are currently four businesses that will move in, including Firecracker Bakery and Grass Fed Gourmet.

“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to help even more food producers in our region live their dreams and support them in all areas of business growth from product development to marketing to production. It seemed like a perfect match,” said DesRochers.   

“St. Paul’s Church in Newport has an established record of helping people.  We are excited to be a part of an initiative which helps people to begin pursuing their dreams of starting and owning a business. We are further looking forward to a long standing relationship with those who find gratitude to be a worthy value,” said Father Matthew Young, of St. Paul's.

“On behalf of the Mayor and Board of Commissioners, the City of Newport is pleased to welcome The Hatchery into the Newport Business Community.  We are hopeful these start-up food businesses will someday occupy storefronts in the city.  It is a win-win situation for the businesses and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church ministry of helping people,” Newport City Manager Thomas J. Fromme said.

DesRochers has made it her personal mission to encourage people to be grateful for all the good in their lives. And she does it one graham at a time. Grateful Grahams makes artisanal vegan graham treats in Covington.

She opened the Northern Kentucky Incubator Kitchen in 2013 in Covington. More than 15 local food producers have been supported and mentored in the last two years. 

-Staff report