Hope Springs Eternal

Warren food incubator Hope & Main has produced scores of new culinary businesses – and more are on the way


Hope & Main has only existed for five years, but it’s impossible for Rhode Island foodies to imagine life without it. Founded by nonprofit whiz Lisa Raiola, this “food incubator” has helped develop more than 50 independent companies. Many entrepreneurs were first-timers: They had to learn food safety, basic accounting, and all the paperwork associated with culinary enterprises. Thanks to its rigorous crash-course and commercial kitchen space, Hope & Main has released every variety of food expert into the world. How diverse are these dreams? Whether it’s grown, bottled, pickled, mixed, baked, fried, shaken, or served raw, someone at Hope & Main has done it. Here is a cornucopia of products that this special school has helped whip up.