Jesebel Gumogda, a pastry chef and owner of Pure Confections, was steadily building her business and establishing a legacy for her family as a member of Hot Bread Kitchen—until the pandemic hit. Read about the support and connections Hot Bread Kitchen was able to provide that have helped Jesebel weather the storm.
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Employment is an essential building block for economic mobility, but it is not the only thing that our Culinary Workforce participants need in order to succeed. To help our Workforce participants and alumni achieve their financial goals throughout their careers and lives, in early 2019 we introduced financial literacy and coaching into our training program. […]
Meet Chef Bintou N’daw of Nafi’s Hot Pepper Condiments. Bintou, a caterer and food consultant, took over Nafi’s from her mother, Nafi. Nafi created the line of West African peanut sauces to fill a market need for African-influenced products in New York City. Nafi’s catering and in-store sales have slowed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. […]
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 […]