A Virtual Foodie Field Trip
In keeping with our annual tradition, we’re inviting you to join our members behind the scenes to see, hear, and taste Hot Bread Kitchen’s impact. Come with us across NYC without ever leaving your desk as we meet with members of Hot Bread Kitchen’s community.
June 16, 2021
What to expect: in-depth conversations with our program members, partners, and supporters about their journeys through the pandemic and how we’re investing in their future, together.
We’ll tour the city virtually as we hear from Hot Bread Kitchen community members Fauzia of Fauzia’s Heavenly Delights, Maryam of Maryam’s Yum Yum, Jesebel of Pure Confections, and workforce members Quiotta and Yasmin.
Special guests include Ellen Yin of High Street Hospitality Group, Meghan Crocker from Breads Bakery, and Alexandra Liz from Lazard.
THE WORK OF GETTING BACK TO WORK
A majority of Hot Bread Kitchen’s workforce program members faced job loss in 2020, while many of the entrepreneurs in our incubator were forced to shut down their businesses. The pandemic also forced us to halt our in-person culinary training and move our services online. And yet, our programming never stopped; it grew. As our workforce and small business programming evolve, Hot Bread Kitchen is focused on how we can best support people as they pursue meaningful work, quality jobs, and good lives.
Moderated by hospitality veteran Ellen Yin, we’ll speak with small business owner Jesebel Gumogda, who is growing her business while trying to grow good jobs, as well as workforce members Quiotta and Yasmin, who are doing the work to get back to work, and to employer partner Meghan Crocker from Breads Bakery who is joining us in rebuilding the workforce one woman at a time.
CEO, Hot Bread Kitchen
Shaolee Sen is an advocate for women, diversity, small business, and social justice. Inspired by her mother’s entrepreneurial spirit and journey as an Indian immigrant, Shaolee is proud to lead Hot Bread Kitchen as CEO, working to directly impact New York’s culturally and economically diverse workforce of women and food entrepreneurs.
Head of Workforce
Through her years of experience as a bread baker and educator in New York’s culinary landscape, Karen brings a passion for education and advocacy for women. At Hot Bread Kitchen, Karen creates economic opportunity through careers in food for women and immigrants who come through Hot Bread Kitchen’s culinary training program. As Head of Workforce, Karen is a leader in developing recruiting, training, and employment practices that work for both clients and partners, developing tools for impact evaluation, and is a thought leader in workforce best practices.
Co-founder and Owner, High Street Hospitality Group (she/her)
Ellen Yin is Co-founder and Owner of High Street Hospitality Group (HSHG) which operates some of the country’s most celebrated dining establishments including a.kitchen + bar, Fork, High Street Philly, and High Street Provisions in Philadelphia and High Street on Hudson, in Manhattan. A graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and veteran of the hospitality industry, Yin has been honored with Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Women of Distinction” award in 2020 and is a multi-year nominee for “Outstanding Restaurateur” by the James Beard Foundation Awards.
Pastry Chef and Owner, Pure Confections and Hot Bread Kitchen small business member
Director of Culture and Human Resources, Breads Bakery
Hot Bread Kitchen workforce member and Facility Management program participant (she/her)
Shef is a community-based food platform that empowers immigrants, refugees, and local cooks as food entrepreneurs, enabling them to share their food and culture with their neighbors, one homemade meal at a time. Shef is building a more inclusive food system (hand-in-hand with partners like Hot Bread Kitchen) and removing barriers to meaningful economic opportunities.The Shef community is vibrant and diverse, made up of 85% POC, 81% women, and 71% WOC. Shefs call 86 countries around the world home.