Just last week Hot Bread Kitchen wrapped up our first ever Women Bake Bread Scholarship Campaign–our first effort to raise money through individual donors. In two months, we were able to raise over $47,000 that will help Hot Bread Kitchen leverage the talents of immigrant women to create the next generation of female leaders in the baking industry. On behalf of our staff, Board, and most importantly, our bakers, thank you to everyone who helped us make the dreams of the women we serve a reality. Each dollar raised will make it possible for new baking trainees to develop skills in commercial production, ESL, and management through Hot Bread Kitchen’s intensive training.
With the support of individuals like you, Hot Bread Kitchen has transformed from a small start-up into the thriving organization and full-service bakery that it is today. Given the overwhelming enthusiasm demonstrated during this campaign, there is no doubt that we are well on our way achieving our goal of training 80 women per year in New York City.
Together we are reshaping the food industry, building new futures for the diverse group of women in our programs, and br-educating New York City one loaf at a time. Again, our sincerest thanks for making the work we do possible.
Mark your calendars, on September 26th support HBK Incubates by shopping at Whole Foods Market. On Thursday the 26th, five percent of all profit from sales at all seven New York City’s Whole Foods Market locations will benefit Hot Bread Kitchen’s food business incubator, HBK Incubates. HBK Incubates supports food entrepreneurs in growing businesses from small start-ups to sustainable food enterprises by providing rentable commercial kitchen space and development support including finance advising, culinary coaching and industry-specific workshops.
I am writing to share with you exciting news, Hot Bread Kitchen is launching a Crowdrise fundraiser, our first-ever crowd sourced campaign to support the Women Bake Bread Scholarship. This program will allow you to directly support low-income immigrant women enrolled in our baking training program. Over the next eight weeks, we will work to raise $100,000 to support the professional development of immigrant women through two potential ways of giving: click “donate” below to directly contribute, or select “start a fundraiser” to create your own dedicated page and inspire your friends to give.
Our Board Members including Christina Tosi, Mark Fiorentino and Joanne Wilson have already started fundraisers. Whether you donate or start a fundraiser, you will be helping us to improve the lives of the women enrolled in our baking training program and change the face of the culinary industry. Plus, you will have the opportunity to win great prizes, like brunch with Top Chef Judge Gail Simmons. For more information, or help setting up your fundraising page, email molly-at-hotbreadkitchen.org
Thank you in advance,
Jessamyn W. Rodriguez
C.E.O & Founder
Hot Bread Kitchen
On September 25, 2013, Hot Bread Kitchen’s Founder and CEO, Jessamyn W. Rodriguez was honored with a Global Citizen Award from the Clinton Global Initiative. This award was given to seven leaders based on their vision and scalable solutions to global issues. Other honorees include NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, 6-year-old girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai, social entrepreneur Bunker Roy, and South Sudanese bishop Elias Taban. Below are her remarks given at the reception:
Thank you President Clinton, and everyone at the Clinton Global Initiative for the Global Citizen Award. I take great inspiration from CGI’s willingness to think outside of the box and convene and award business, civil society, philanthropic, and non-profit leaders who solve enduring problems that we all face.
I also want to congratulate the other honorees tonight, whose work, at all levels across sectors, inspires our humble efforts. Five years ago, I launched Hot Bread Kitchen out of my home kitchen to do three things:
1. Create stable jobs for immigrant women who, otherwise, faced informal work and exploitation.
2. Prove that the market can be powerful in effecting social change.
3. Br-educate New Yorkers about the contribution of immigrant communities.
Tonight’s award is proof that those efforts have paid off.
Our breads are sold throughout the country. Forward thinking partners such as Whole Foods Market, The City of New York, the Waldorf Astoria, and Columbia University— have responded to the opportunity to diversify their offerings and support social change while feeding hungry clients. Philanthropies such as New York Women’s Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, Citi Community Development and Capital One Bank, and The Rockefeller Foundation have partnered to support our innovative growth.
Women from 17 countries have educated consumers by inspiring breads that we bake every day– 24 hours a day. Those same women take English classes, learn key management skills, and the math necessary to become leaders in the culinary industry. We have baked nearly a million kilos of dough, that has been shaped into breads from Mexico to Morrocco. Iran to Poland.
Finally, we are changing the face of an industry—currently only 500 of 6,000 bakers in New York City are minority women. We are righting this inequity and filling those jobs with qualified women whose skill, passion and perseverance earn their families’ bread in the thriving culinary industry I dedicate this award tonight to the women and men of the world who bake bread that nourishes our bodies, souls, and provides the fuel to effect social change. I dedicate this award to colleagues and friends in East Harlem who work to create social change and organization like CGI who support them.
Hot Bread Kitchen’s culinary accelerator, HBK Incubates was featured in Bloomberg BusinessWeek in the small business section in an article and accompanying slideshow. Writer John Tozzi outlines the offerings of HBK Incubates and profiles graduate business, Taste of Ethiopia.
Hot Bread Kitchen’s Junior Board the Kitchen Cabinet is hosting a Toast + Taste cocktail fundraiser on June 13, 2013 from 8-11pm at Ramscale Studios on 463 West Street. This event will feature delicious cocktails, breads from Hot Bread Kitchen as well as samples from HBK Incubates members Broadway Baker and Nafi’s Hot Pepper Condiments.
To learn more and purchase tickets, visit the Toast + Taste event page.
We are really excited to share this short video about Hot Bread Kitchen created by photographer and videographer William Geddes. Geddes goes behind the scenes of our professional baking training program to talk with our Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jessamyn W. Rodriguez and Chief Bread Officer Ben Hershberger about why Hot Bread Kitchen is more than a bakery.
“Hot Bread Kitchen at La Marqueta in Spanish Harlem..is breaking down the old-world gender barrier, as women from Mexico, South America and Africa train to be bakers – jobs traditionally held by men.”
Hot Bread Kitchen’s bakery training is profiled in Newsday on May 8th, 2013.
Read the complete article as a pdf, Hot Bread Newsday May 2013
“HBK Incubates has helped 36 food businesses to start up, selling everything from cookies to cake pops, and seasoning to tamales.” American Express Open Forum looks into how Hot Bread Kitchen’s business support program, HBK Incubates enables businesses like NY Cake Pops and Taste of Ethiopia to formalize and grow.
Read the complete article as it appeared on Open Forum April 2, 2013.
Are you a startup food entrepreneur? The next HBK Incubates deadline is May 31st, learn how to apply here.