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Visit Us at the Summer Fancy Food Show

Visit us at the Summer Fancy Food Show, North America’s largest specialty food trade show, Sunday, June 28 through Tuesday, June 30th in the North Hall Landing. Joining the Hot Bread Kitchen team are seven of HBK Incubates‘ most promising food brands:




Tortilla Day at Union Square Greenmarket

Tortilla DemoIn time for Cinco de Mayo, join us for a tortilla-making demo with Union Square Greenmarket on Friday, May 1st from 11a-1p. Learn how we make our traditional nixtamal corn tortillas from scratch using local ingredients and even take a spin on our original corn mill–a bike!

Thursday 9/26 is 5% Day

260Mark 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.

One of HBK Incubates’ recent success stories is Taste of Ethiopia. Started by Hiyaw Gebreyohannes, Taste of Ethiopia is a line of vegan Ethiopian food utilizing family recipes and natural ingredients. With the help of our commercial kitchen, technical assistance and industry expertise, Taste of Ethiopia graduated from HBK Incubates in less 18 months to their own production facility. Taste of Ethiopia is now sold at every Fairway Market and Whole Foods Market in New York City. By shopping at any Whole Foods Market on September 26th, you are helping to support the growth of businesses like Taste of Ethiopia.
To learn more about HBK Incubates and the businesses we support, watch this Tasting Table video.

Toast + Taste Hot Bread Kitchen

HBK Toast + TasteHot 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.

Hot Bread Kitchen’s Night Market

Hot Bread Kitchen’s Night Market

La Marqueta
Thursday, November 8, 2012
7:00 PM-10:00 PM
1590 Park Avenue New York, NY 10029 

Join Hot Bread Kitchen for the first-ever night market at the historic La Marqueta. Enjoy tastings from renowned restaurants Boulud Sud, Má Pêche, Salumeria Rosi, Gran Electrica, and Momofuku Milk Bar

  • Explore our kitchen and watch exclusive cooking demonstrations
  • Enjoy custom cocktails from Hella Bitters and Loliware
  • Celebrate the launch of our new branding by Pentagram
  • Sample goods from La Marqueta vendors such as Beurre & Sel, Viva Fruit, WE Meats, Mama Yaa Adoowa and Breezy Hill Orchard 
  • Plus items from members of HBK Incubates

Purchase tickets on NY Charities. All proceeds support Hot Bread Kitchen’s workforce and micro-enterprise development programs. Thank you to our sponsors Great Performances and Whole Foods Market for their generous support.


Save The Date: Night Market

On November 8th, 2012, Hot Bread Kitchen is hosting a fundraiser at our bakery in the historic La Marqueta. The evening will consist of a walk-around chef tasting from surprise celebrity chefs, custom cocktails, bread demonstrations and products from members of HBK Incubates. To read more about the event and to purchase tickets, see our ticketing page.

All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Hot Bread Kitchen in our mission to increase access to professional opportunities in the culinary industry for foreign-born women and low income entrepreneurs.

Now Open: Hot Bread Almacen

Photo by Ken Goodman

On Monday July 23, 2012, Hot Bread Kitchen opened our new retail storefront, Hot Bread Almacen inside of the historic La Marqueta. Located just a few feet away from our production facility, Hot Bread Almacen will feature our line of international breads in addition to select products from businesses enrolled in HBK Incubates and a daily lunch special. Hot Bread Almacen was made possible by the generous support of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ) and New York City Council.

To kick off the launch of the store, we hosted a baguette cutting for key funding partners, press and members of the City Council. UMEZ President, Ken Knuckles emceed the event which featured speakers such as  NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito, Hot Bread Kitchen CEO Jessamyn Rodriguez and HBK Incubates member My Sweet Brigadeiro.

Read more about Hot Bread Almacen’s store offerings and hours.



Good Spirits: Cocktail to Benefit Hot Bread Kitchen

Hot Bread Kitchen’s Junior Board, The Kitchen Cabinet is hosting a summer fundraiser to benefit our organization. The event will feature cocktails, light food, music and dancing in a rooftop penthouse in the West Village with all proceeds to benefit Hot Bread Kitchen.

To learn more about the event, make a donation, or purchase a ticket, see the NY Charities event page.

Whole Foods Demo Competition

On May 19, 2012, Whole Foods Market Chelsea hosted an all-store cooking competition smackdown using our breads. Each department worked as a team to prepare a dish in-store that featured a Hot Bread Kitchen bread.

Some of the delicious concoctions that each department made, include:

  • Customer Service: bread pudding with Whole Wheat Challah
  • Seafood: lemon and cilantro cod sandwich with horseradish and cheese on The New Yorker Rye
  • Grocery: Italian style hero on Ciabatta
  • Meat: Bosari grilled chicken with rye & dill stuffing featuring Grindstone Rye
  • Specialty:  paneer tikka masala sopped up with Nan-e-Barbari
  • Produce: tortilla chips and fresh guacamole featuring the Heritage Corn Tortillas
  • Prepared Foods: grilled cheese with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe pesto on Upstate Multigrain
  • Bakery: vanilla and cinnamon custard French Toast with Traditional Challah

After a day of cooking and collecting votes, the Customer Service department was voted the most delicious with their bread pudding with Whole Wheat Challah. We would like to thank Whole Foods Market Chelsea for hosting this smackdown and their team members for inventing these innovative recipes using our products.

International Women’s Day

On Thursday March 8th, Hot Bread Kitchen celebrated Women’s Day with our international team of bakers.  To commemorate this holiday, we hosted a staff meal, in which each woman enrolled in our baking training program was asked to bring a dish from her country of origin. Sixteen women  from eight different countries attended the lunch, making  delicious food representative of their countries of origin, including, Mexican flautas, Dominican caribe, Russian piroshki, and Pakistani biryani. Gathered around the table in the classroom of our bakery, we tasted one another’s food and shared stories of important women in our lives.

Through the work of our organization we strive to honor the contributions of foreign-born women and are glad that one day each year there is an internationally observed holiday that reminds us of the important impact that women make around the world every day.