The Parish Kitchen (143 Pike St., Covington,
859-581-7745) serves meals 365 days a year. The only other place to eat
in Covington that’s open that often is the Anchor Grill, but at the
Parish Kitchen, there’s never a charge — and in this time of economic
crisis, that means business at the Kitchen is booming. They served an
all-time record number of meals last year (68,881) and are on track to
exceed that number for 2010. If you think you know the type of folks
who are guests at the kitchen for lunch on any given day, I bet you
don’t know that some of them sit in high chairs and booster seats.
CityBeat: What’s the best meal you ate recently and where did you eat it?
Molly Navin: Sausage and noodle casserole from my
mother’s recipe, served at the Parish Kitchen! All our meals are great,
but that one’s a crowd pleaser.
And so is spinach salad! But if I had
to pick a restaurant meal, I’d say pasta at Otto’s (521 Main St.,
Covington). It’s incredible.
CB: The holidays are coming. Any suggestions for people who want to feed the hungry?
MN: It’s not a holiday thing. It’s an every day
thing. People’s intentions are so good, and I don’t want to discourage
anyone, but the holidays aren’t different than today. One thing that we
always welcome? Homemade desserts. They always make meals special. And
our guests need travel-sized deodorant and toothpaste, since they carry
them. Small is good.