Best Of 2021

Best Kitchen Collective Supporting the Local Food Community: Incubator Kitchen Collective

Since 2013, the Incubator Kitchen Collective has been living its mission to help people start their small business dreams. With two locations -— The Incubator and The Hatchery in Newport — the Incubator Kitchen Collective is Greater Cincinnati’s hub for food ideas. Over 150 food-based small businesses, including Grandola Granola and Harmony Plant Fare (which is now a vendor at Findlay Market), have been members. The Incubator Kitchen Collective was started by Rachel DesRochers, owner of Grateful Grahams, which makes vegan graham crackers. Her goal was to create a “shared kitchen space to support foodpreneurs with an affordable, comprehensive approach.” In December 2020, Kroger partnered with the collective to sponsor five food companies to work in the kitchen rent-free for all of 2021: Pata Roja Taqueria, Foz Bakery, F&Goode Desserts, C&G Catering and The Ferrari Bros.

*A previous version of this pick referenced the Coop in Loveland, which is now closed. And Incubator Kitchen Collective has helped more than 150 food-based businesses, not just 60 like previously reported. Even better!