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Highlighting Black Businesses in the Kitchen

Since it’s Black History Month, we’re highlighting the Black-owned businesses headquartered at Garden State Kitchen. Our support, however, doesn’t begin and end with the month of February. Every day, we celebrate the creative Black chefs, bakers, caterers, event planners, and cooking teachers working in the kitchen. Read on and learn about their food and business offerings. While you’re there, why not place an order?

BelleJohn’s Soul Food is a personalized catering company that specializes in organic, fresh and natural northern-style soul food. Look for their new 22-foot mobile kitchen at a special event or farmers market near you.

Dip into one of A’Jar Sweet Cream Factory‘s decadent desserts and enjoy the sweet cream experience. Banana Pudding, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Ganache and more available at the American Dream mall or online for parties, corporate and pop-up events.

The Eye Club Restaurant and Catering creates healthy fresh flavors from around the world for parties and special occasions. Tacos, sliders, pasta, sandwiches, and much more. One eye, one mind, serving excellent food.

For a healthy, gourmet line of spices, sauces and seasoning blends, shop Caribbean Fusion Sauces and Spices. Don’t miss their premium teas made with organically grown ingredients, available online and at farmers markets.

Join the loyal fans of Shi’s Cakes and Things’ handcrafted New York style cheesecakes, puddings and moist loaf cakes. Check out craveable flavors like Very Berry, Oreo Cookie Delight and Fried Apple Crumb. Your taste buds thank you.

Chef Renee Blackman is a private chef to the stars who creates stylish, custom in-home dining experiences and catered events. Since she works with famous actors, models, tv personalities and professional athletes, she sometimes commutes via private jet, always with an eye for quality down to the last detail.

Looking for all natural, small batch Caribbean style hot pepper sauces? The Pepper Seed has what you need. Pick up a sampler pack to taste them all and find your favorite of the four flavors.

Edible Success Catering creates fresh, innovative, personal meals for events large and small. The party starts with custom menu planning tailored to every occasion and taste, for weddings, business lunches, cocktail receptions and more.

Multi-talented Think Ann Caters offers catering and baked goods. Find her handmade breads and savory stuffed flaky pastry at the West Orange Farmers Market – whole wheat bread, pinetarts, sponge cake, and traditional Guyanese beef patties.

Since 2002, Chef Doris Reid-Worthington’s Now That Was A Great Party has provided clients with the ultimate personal touch in party planning. Her special services include games, decorations, centerpieces and story writing along with venue selection, set-up, technology, floorplan and flow. 

Pristine Catering offers amazing thaw-and-bake bread and pastry doughs that are vegan, kosher and non-GMO, available wholesale in different shapes and sizes. The company also focuses on event catering, private chef services, and recipe development and staff training for restaurants.

Created by two sisters of African American and Latina descent, Soul Chicas is an innovative catering company that blends the flavors of traditional Southern cuisine and Latin America with good old-fashioned love for delicious comfort food

Chef Tai Clark’s My Culinary God is a one-stop shop for all your culinary needs – cooking classes, catering, an intimate dinner for two. She specializes in creating culinary ambiance at local arts festivals, holiday meals, or her own signature event called Books and Brunch. 

Details by Ms Dawn is a full-service event catering company that produces elegant culinary experiences through fine food design and personalized attention to every detail. Along with gourmet dining, they provide private chef services, meal delivery and set-up, and work in partnership with brands. 

Professional baker turned wedding and event planner, Denise Grant produces premier parties and events with her company Hactac Events. As an experience-curator, she creates sophisticated weddings and memorable corporate and celebrity celebrations.

Cheesecakes By Diamond come in a variety of sizes and flavors from Amaretto to Red Velvet and everything in between. Creamy classic too, of course. Handmade toppings and sauces make everything extra special.

Chef James Young, the Passionate Chef, brings years of executive restaurant experience to his catering and personal chef business for fresh, innovative, comfort food delivered to your door for dinner, weddings or special events.

SoLos is a Soul, Latin, Caribbean fusion restaurant where deliciousness comes first, but not at the expense of your waistline. Try their delivery and takeout – good for the heart and soul.

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