Announcements

Last Chance for Christmas Orders!

Christmas-Delivery

It’s not too late for holiday stollen or Global Bread Boxes! Order by 12pm on Saturday, December 20th to ensure Christmas delivery.

 

All orders placed after December 20th will be shipped the following Monday, December 29th.

Holiday Gifts Are Here!

 

stollen-mark-upLooking for the perfect Christmas morning (or anytime) treat?

Try our nutty, fruit-filled holiday stollen. Made in the traditional German Dresden style with homemade marzipan, house-cured dried fruits, and an all-natural dusting of snow sugar. Available online, our Greenmarket locations, and the following Whole Foods Market locations:

WHOLE FOOD BOWERY

95 East Houston Street (at Chrystie Street), Manhattan, NY
(212)-420-1320

WHOLE FOODS CHELSEA

250 7th Avenue (between 24th and 25th Streets), Manhattan, NY
(212)-924-5969

WHOLE FOODS COLUMBUS CIRCLE

10 Columbus Circle (between 8th and 9th Avenues), Manhattan, NY
(212)-823-9600

WHOLE FOODS TRIBECA

270 Greenwich Street, Manhattan, NY
(212)-349-6555

WHOLE FOODS UNION SQUARE

4 Union Square East (between Broadway and University Place), Manhattan, NY
(212)-673-5388

WHOLE FOODS UPPER WEST SIDE

808 Columbus Avenue, Manhattan, NY
(212)-222-6160

WHOLE FOODS YONKERS

1 Ridgehill Blvd, Yonkers, NY
(914)-378-8090

Let the summer of grilling begin.

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Just in time for Memorial Day, find Hot Bread Kitchen burger & hot dog buns, sliders, and lobster rolls at our Greenmarket locations across New York City, Whole Foods Market stores throughout the tri-state (call first for availability), and other fine retailers around the city, including the Park Slope Food Co-op.

Not ready to break out the grill? Visit our friends at L&W Oyster CompanyButtermilk ChannelCorner SocialCity BakeryMesa CoyocanThe Pierre, and The Wayfayer to get your burger fix.

Celebrating Women with the New York Women’s Foundation

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On May 8th, our staff joined the New York Womens’ Foundation at their annual breakfast to celebrate the hard work being done across New York City to empower women and girls. We are excited to announce that among this year’s honorees was Hot Bread Kitchen’s founder & CEO, Jessamyn W. Rodriguez. Read the rest of this entry »

Update on East Harlem

Yesterday’s explosion shook our community in East Harlem both literally and figuratively. Our bakery and incubator were no exception.

At 9:31am, an explosion destroyed two apartment buildings less than 500 feet from our bakery. We felt the blast shake our facility underneath the Metro North tracks and feared that there had been a trail derailment. Our staff and the staff of La Marqueta were the first on the scene; they arrived before the fire department to assist rubble-covered victims escape further harm.

Throughout the day our staff worked to support rescue efforts: giving out particle masks, helping disseminate information, and anything else that the community needed. In the bakery, the staff prepared for utility shutdowns and delivery contingencies. By 3:00pm, with everyone accounted for, we closed the bakery.

You don’t hire staff because of their courage or deep humanity–it already takes a special team to do what we do–but I learned yesterday that we have some incredibly heroic individuals on staff and am proud of how they responded.

Today our heart goes out to the East Harlem community. Many of us live in the neighborhood and all of us are friends with those who do. Hot Bread Kitchen will continue to support our neighbors and first responders that will be working here in the weeks and months ahead.

At 6:00am this morning we started baking again; fresh breads were delivered at 10:15am. The bread doesn’t wait, and, in light of disaster, sometimes continuing as normal is the only choice.

Our admin offices are closed today, Thursday, March 13, as is Hot Bread Almacen. While we return to normal after yesterday’s events, please reach out to staff by email and stay apprised of new developments by following us on Facebook or Twitter. We anticipate reopening tomorrow, Friday, March 14th.

Thank you to our friends, supports, and customers for the outpouring of support.

With a heavy heart,

Jessamyn

Our seasonal Irish Soda Bread is here!

P1090926Available now through March 19th, Hot Bread Kitchen’s is baking up savory and sweet versions of Irish Soda Bread. This biscuit-y treat makes a perfect breakfast spread with your favorite Irish butter or a hearty dinner alongside a warm stew.

This season, try our sweet (chockfull of currants) and savory (made with a generous dash of caraway seeds) available in two sizes at New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut Whole Foods or your local NYC Greenmarket.

Thank You to Our WBB Crowdrise Supporters!

Thank You CrowdriseJust 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.

Launching Today: Women Bake Bread Scholarship Campaign

Gail CCI 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.

        DONATE                    START A FUNDRAISER

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

Pomp and Circumstance: HBK Incubates Graduates Taste of Ethiopia

Photo of Taste of Ethiopia Founder Hiyaw Gebreyohannes courtesy of John Kernick

Photo of Taste of Ethiopia Founder Hiyaw Gebreyohannes courtesy of John Kernick

Born in Dijibouti, Hiyaw Gebreyohannes moved to Toronto as a child and learned to cook traditional Ethiopian food from his mother, a skilled chef and restaurateur. Wanting to bring the healthful and flavorful food of his childhood to a broader audience, Hiyaw decided to parlay his mother’s recipes into a line of vegetarian, packaged Ethiopian food. In July 2011, Hiyaw launched his business, Taste of Ethiopia and joined HBK Incubates, our culinary incubator program.

With the help of our commercial kitchen space and business coaching, Hiyaw formalized his business and began to scale his recipes. Participating in markets such as Brooklyn Flea and DeKalb Market, Taste of Ethiopia began to develop a loyal customer following. As evidence of the quality of his product, Taste of Ethiopia was one of four New York food manufacturers who won the City’s first ever competition to be showcased at the 2012 Fancy Food Show in Washington D.C. After only a year and a half working with HBK Incubates, Taste of Ethiopia can now be found in over fifteen stores in New York City, including Whole Foods and Union Markets and has been featured in media outlets such as The Daily News and Food & Wine Magazine.
Photo of Taste of Ethiopia product courtesy of Ken Goodman

Photo of Taste of Ethiopia product courtesy of Ken Goodman

This month, Hiyaw and Taste of Ethiopia will graduate from HBK Incubates to continue to grow his business. An ambitious and resourceful food entrepreneur, Hiyaw is considered a mentor to many other food businesses in HBK Incubates. We are proud of his growth and accomplishments to date and wish him all the best!
Interested in growing your food business in our rentable kitchen space? Read more about HBK Incubates and how to apply on our website.  

We’ve Got a New Look

 

I am delighted to introduce Hot Bread Kitchen’s new branding, designed by Abbott Miller of the renowned international design firm Pentagram. We believe that our new branding communicates the essence of our mission and the quality of our unique line of breads.

As part of the rebranding, we have added new text to our logo to describe what we do: the phrase “Authentic Multi-Ethnic Breads” was chosen to underscore the international breads we produce and the backgrounds of those who make them, while “handmade” was selected for the bottom text to reinforce the artisanal nature of our products. At the bottom of this new logo is our original motto: “Preserving Tradition/Rising Expectations,” highlighting our commitment to the cultures from which our breads derive and conveying through the pun on rising bread to convey our goal of changing cultural perception of immigrant communities.

Adding to the unique visual richness of the branding is the patterned background that Pentagram has created. From afar it looks like a woven or batik pattern; however, if you look closely, you’ll notice that each row depicts a different ingredient used in the production of bread, such as corn, almonds, honey, milk, and wheat. Expanding upon Hot Bread Kitchen’s view of bread as a global staple that can communicate certain cultural aspects, Abbott has created a veritable iconographic language that conveys bread’s universal nature independent of the written word. You will also notice that our packages now feature, when applicable, the name of the bread in its native language, which we hope will further reinforce a respect for other cultures and our shared connection to and love for bread.

Pentagram has chosen a color palette that is atypical for an artisanal bread company: eggplant, bright blue, and an accent palette of bold, saturated colors. While I’m sure many of you liked our former branding, Pentagram noted that this palette was not differentiating us in the market as effectively as it could. Moving away from our previous organic palette of kraft and cranberry, they went in an entirely new direction and gave the brown palette of our artisanal breads a whole lot of pop! Read more about our newbranding and see additional photos on Fast Company.

At Hot Bread Kitchen, we sell bread to train immigrant and minority women so that they can get better jobs in food manufacturing and to br-educate NewYorkers about the contribution of immigrant communities.  Pentagram’s generous donation of design services will make it possible for us to expand our services and change the lives of more women and their families.

Like a perfectly made challah, our new branding braids together our products, employees, and mission, and we hope you enjoy looking at and reflecting upon it as much as consuming our breads. We extend our deepest thanks to Abbott and the Pentagram team for all their hard work.

 

Sincerely,

Jessamyn W. Rodriguez

CEO & Founder

Hot Bread Kitchen