Category: Featured Entrepreneurs

Sweet Second Chances

Brick City Candy is a social enterprise with a powerful goal: to provide training, support, and employment opportunities to previously incarcerated individuals, helping them forge a new path forward. Inspired by Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, they spread their message by creating, producing, and selling delicious candy creations. We at Garden State Kitchen couldn’t be […]

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How to Cater Your Way to the Top

Latisha Thornton, CEO/Owner of Sweet Tee’s Catering and Event Planning, started cooking professionally more than a decade ago. She opened a restaurant, tuned up her business model during the pandemic, and she’s now busier than ever. Here’s how renting one of our commercial kitchens helps her cater large events and keep her customers coming back […]

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How to Grow an Artisanal Pasta Business

Meet local pastaio Matt Ruzga. Matt owns Porta Rossa Pasta & Provisions, a shop that started in our shared commercial kitchen as an artisanal pasta delivery service. Matt’s story begins during the pandemic. After spending years mastering his craft at the best Italian restaurants in NYC, Matt suddenly found himself at home. The Covid quarantine, […]

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Members Make the Most of the Holidays

When business booms over the holidays, being able to fill orders quickly is key. And our flexible commercial kitchen on-demand model allows you to scale up without committing to a lease or high monthly fees. If your busy times are winter and summer, you can book a kitchen every day in December to fill holiday […]

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Three Daughters Baking Co. Opens Beautiful New Bakery

We’d just opened when Erica Leahy of Three Daughters Baking Co. rented our commercial baking kitchen for the first time. It was 2018, and renting a professional kitchen by the hour was just what she needed: a low-risk way to scale her start-up food business. She could vend at local farmers markets while she built a small […]

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Black History Month in the Kitchen

While there are many Black-owned food businesses at Garden State Kitchen, we want to highlight two members who cooked in the kitchen this month. In honor of Black History Month, meet vegan chefs and lifestyle coaches Plant Based Planet, and Bro-Ritos, a growing company with iconic green food trucks and incredible burritos. Plant Based Planet […]

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ICYMI: Workshop on How to Sell at Pop-ups & Farmers Markets

Did you miss our January workshop? Every winter, we host a lively panel discussion where the pros explain what it takes to sell artisanal food at farmers markets, pop-ups, and events. This year – our fifth – Dawn Estrada of Cake Jars and Rashida Sawyer of Shi’s Cakes & Things shared their experience vending at […]

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Need Professional Kitchen Space for the Holidays?

If you own a small food business and are looking for production space, Garden State Kitchen may be a good fit. It is for A’jar Sweet Cream Factory, shown above at their retail location in the American Dream Mall. This family owned and operated dessert-in-a-jar bakery makes creamy sweets from famliy recipes enjoyed for generations. With everything […]

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See Who’s Cooking in the Kitchen

All six of our kitchens, from prep to baking to catering, are humming with activity this summer. Here’s what some of our members are up to.  Herbalist Ricardo Da Costa (above), owner and founder of Yogic Chai, rents space to brew his organic masala chai concentrate and package his award-winning loose leaf blends. He launched […]

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