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Meet Amuse Bouche: Your new East Harlem neighbor

Hot Bread Kitchen Incubator member Amuse Bouche is coming to La Marqueta this Spring! Amuse Bouche will serve French-style to-go items like their signature stuffed jamón and swiss chard croissant sandwiches, freshly baked goods like white cheddar savory scones, and daytime coffee and tea.

The East Harlem based catering company has been a member of the Hot Bread Kitchen Incubator since April 2017. To expand their growing clientele, they joined the Marcus Garvey Farmer’s Market, selling their French Epicerie specialty to-go products like freshly made compound butter and garlicky pestos in addition to baked goods like organic banana bread and sour cream coffee cake. It was at the bustling Saturday farmer’s market where Anthony and Edward, co-founders of Amuse Bouche and Harlem residents, felt inspired to be more involved in the neighborhood.

White cheddar and scallion scones. Photo from @amusebouchenycny

Anthony and Edward moved to Harlem in 2010 and immersed themselves in the vibrant Uptown community. Edward, originally from France, had always felt his calling was in the food industry. “We moved to Harlem and we started a new life with this business venture. We wanted to embrace what makes us excited–food and community,” Edward recalls. After careers in both publishing and interior design, Edward decided to combine his passion for entertaining and cooking by becoming a private chef. Anthony, whose background is in corporate event planning, encouraged Edward to cater to larger events. With enough events and clients to keep them both busy, they launched Amuse Bouche.

Since joining the Hot Bread Kitchen Incubator, Amuse Bouche has become part of the fabric of the East Harlem community. They regularly volunteer and host cooking demonstrations with Edible Schoolyard NYC at PS 7/Global Tech. “It’s really wonderful watching how what we’re passionate about when it comes to food is also being instilled in young kids,” Anthony remarks.

For Anthony and Edward, being able to give back to the community that welcomed them with open arms is important. They appreciate the opportunity to engage with their neighbors and get instant feedback when they have sold at the Marcus Garvey Farmer’s Market. After two years of market regulars asking if they had a brick and mortar space, Edward and Anthony are thrilled to open up their very first shop—right here at La Marqueta.

“When people enjoy our food, there’s nothing better. It’s the best thing,” Edward says. Welcome, Amuse Bouche!

For more info on Amuse Bouche visit them at www.amusebouchenyc.com

HBK Incubates is a shared commercial kitchen space and business support program for high-growth food enterprises, run by Hot Bread Kitchen.  #IncubatedbyHBK