NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley is thrilled to support the Millrace Kitchen, an incubator space designed to support food business startups. Since opening in 2017, over 40 food businesses have worked out of the kitchen space at 40 South Main Street.
In this series, you’ll Meet the Millrace Members, get a sense of what it takes to start a food business and learn of some incredible food and baked goods being made right in downtown Woonsocket.
Tell us about yourself and your business.
My name is Stephanie! I’m 29 years old. I graduated from Rhode Island College in 2015 with a degree in Business Management. I’ve always dreamed of having a food truck. I was finally able to open my own food truck in 2019, called “the Ish.” My original dream and plan was to make different flavored Pierogis. I was excited to incorporate Irish flavors into our menu as well! Everyone loved the Pierogis, to the extent that we couldn’t keep up with the demand. In trying to keep up with customer requests, we decided to also try out the idea of offering other items on our menu. Fast forwarding a bit, I decided to start Francesca’z Foods and focus solely on our DIY Pierogis. We very happily opened in November 2020!
What type of food do you make?
I was extremely excited to stick with and focus on the Pierogi idea! My Great Grandmother gave me her recipe, which was special to me and my family. I also wanted to create something Polish, since that’s a big part of my ancestry, and very important to me. I currently sell frozen packages out of the Millrace Kitchen!
How can customers find you?
Customers can order online at our Square site. I’m also on Facebook! I love hearing from customers! Interested Pierogi enthusiasts can order online at the Square site and then pick up their order by coordinating with me a good day and time. I look forward to seeing my customers in person, regardless of us not being a conventional restaurant!
What are your Business dreams?
Since we just opened last year, I think I’ve met my current business dream! But I love being creative. I’ve been busy experimenting with different flavors. I’ve been trying out various combinations and options, like bacon and cheddar, onion and cheddar, Buffalo chicken, pastrami, brunch Pierogi, and so on!
I’m excited to hopefully someday incorporate some of these into the menu!
Interested in starting up your own food business? Need for a baker or caterer for your next event? Looking for a unique space to hold a party?
Visit the Millrace Kitchen to learn more about our offerings.