Meet Suzanna of Kanpekies. A systems-focused architect, Suzanna started her shortbread cookie company as a side-business. In Japanese, the word kanpeki translates to “perfect,” which is what Suzanna wants to convey with her cookies (shop online here). Suzanna’s goal in 2020 was to increase her wholesale orders, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her existing […]
Meet Janie’s Life Changing Baked Goods. After a dark period of addiction and homelessness, Janie Deegan found solace and healing through baking. Now, she’s a Food Network CHOPPED Sweets champion, and baker of sweet treats including her famous pie crust cookies (available online here). Janie had plans to scale her business through several grocers this […]
Business at Fauzia’s famous food truck came to a screeching halt in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving the family out of work.
This Hot Bread Kitchen workforce alumna is secure in her new apartment, thanks to quick access to unemployment insurance and the support of Hot Bread Kitchen.
Women’s History Month is a chance to turn the spotlight on the often invisible work of women. Meet Rokhaya: a teacher, mother, and Hot Bread Kitchen alumni. Rokhaya Gueye was disoriented when she arrived in New York City in 2016, not knowing how to communicate in English or where to search for a job. “When […]
During Black History Month, Hot Bread Kitchen is celebrating the diverse community of Black entrepreneurs working out of our small business incubator. Their culinary influences and inspirations span the African diaspora and the American palate, from Senegalese Ndambe black-eyed pea stew to Dominican sancocho to North Carolina banana pudding. “While Black entrepreneurship has increased in the U.S., there’s still a gap in […]