This evening, Hatch Detroit 2015 revealed its top 10 semi-finalists vying for a $50,000 grant to start small businesses. As in past years, the competition has attracted a large number of food and beverage startups including some familiar faces. Sister Pie, La Feria, and Batch Brewing all previous winners of the Hatch contest, although previous participants such as Rock City Eatery and Gabriel Hall have also benefited from the program.
The first round of voting kicks off tomorrow at noon and closes August 20 at 11:59 p.m. Cast votes on the Hatch website, Facebook page, or at the scheduled community voting booths. Here's a rundown of the contestants according to the Hatch website:
- Mi Alma is a restaurant concept focused on offering a creative and varied selection of freshly made baked goods, house made sausages and blended juices for the Southwest Detroit community. The name of the business has dual meaning: In Spanish Mi means "me" (and also means Michigan), and Alma means soul, which helped develop the motto: "locally-sourced food that comes from the soul."
- Motor City Meatball Kitchen (MCMK) is a from scratch kitchen concept where the quintessential culinary staple, the meatball, takes center stage. They take care to select the highest quality ingredients to grind meats in house, make all sauces from scratch and whip up their own dressings; all while sourcing locally.
- Norma G's aims to deliver something unique to the City of Detroit and rare in this region . . . true authentic Caribbean cuisine. Norma G's has built its brand in a mobile environment and now looks to establish a brick & mortar location within the city.