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It’s Black Business Month – Support Our Makers!

August is Black Business Month, so we want to introduce you to the small Black-owned food businesses headquartered at Garden State Kitchen. Meet the chefs, caterers, bakers, event planners and cooking teachers who serve everything from to saucy chicken wings to handmade pasta to jars of spice, creamy dessert or fruity lemonade. Take a look and place your order, this month and any month! ESO Artisanal Pasta, a new business started by three young friends who went to school together and worked at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, brings the authentic flavors of Italy to your home. Check out Shi’s Cakes and Things for New York style cheesecakes, banana puddings and breads that will make your taste buds thank you. Grandma Emma’s handmade cobblers, named after the owner’s grandma who loved to bake and share her special desserts, can be found at farmers markets in West Orange, Maplewood, Union and more. BelleJohn’s Soul Food is a small, personalized catering company that specializes in organic, fresh and natural northern-style soul food.

At Wing Champs, a family owned and operated business with big heart and big plans, every plate of wings is made with love. Don’t miss their Friday night specials.

Dip into one of A’Jar Sweet Cream Factory’s special desserts and enjoy the sweet cream experience. Banana Pudding, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Ganache and more available for catering, corporate and pop-up events.

The Eye Club Restaurant and Catering provides customers with specialized service. One eye, one mind, serving excellent food, pickup and delivery every week.

For a healthy gourmet line of spices, sauces and seasoning blends that are vegan, or herbal teas made from organically grown ingredients, shop Caribbean Fusion Sauces and Spices.

Dinner at Home brings healthy, delicious, family-style dinners to working moms. Homemade, family-style meals prepared fresh and delivered every night.

Celestial Touch Catering is a family-oriented business serving American food with Spanish and Caribbean flair. They meld classic with contemporary to create flavorful innovative cuisine.

Chef Renee Blackman is an in-demand private chef in NYC specializing in custom, boutique, in-home dining experiences and catered events. Her clients include professional athletes in the NFL, NBA and MLB and brand partnerships.

Ms Dawn’s Catering/Details by Ms Dawn is a full-service catering company offering personal and demo chef services, now focusing on drop-off deliveries.

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, center pieces and story writing.

Chef Tai Clark’s Culinary God is a one-stop shop for all your culinary needs – cooking classes, personal meals, catered events, even dinner for two.

Professional baker and cake decorator Denise Grant plans and produces premier events with her company Hactac Events.

Pristine Catering offers amazing thaw-and-bake bread and pastry doughs that are vegan, kosher, non-GMO. The company also focuses on fusion cuisine, food science, food research, and virtual cooking classes.

Created by sisters Eva and Faith Roberts, Soul Chicas is an innovative catering company that blends the flavors of Latin America with Southern Cuisine.

Looking for all natural, small batch Caribbean style pepper sauces? The Pepper Seed has what you need. Spices and condiments coming soon.

Chef James Young, the Passionate Chef, brings years of executive restaurant experience to his catering and personal chef business for fresh, healthy, comfort food delivered to your door.

SoLos is a Soul, Latin, African fusion restaurant where deliciousness comes first, but not at the expense of your waistline. Classes and meal prep available.

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

Jersey Sunset offers fresh, natural fruit-flavored lemonades. Try their peach, mango, pineapple or blueberry blends and take a sip of the sun. They may be known for their dessert empanadas, but Afro-Latina business Yumpanadas offers both sweet and savory treats every Saturday at the Westfield Farmers Market.

Chef Ricky Davis draws on his North Carolina roots to run cooking classes and catered meals through South End Catering. He also delivers pickle relish, pecan pralines and other treats from Chef Ricky’s Southern Inspired Sweets and Savories.

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