Last week a group of us from Martha Stewart Living were lucky to attend a party to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the E*Space, aka Entrepreneurs Space, in Queens, NY (my home borough!).
The Entrepreneur Space is a partnership between the Queens Economic Development Corporation and Mi Kitchen es su Kitchen. Funded in part through the New York City EDC (Economic Development Corporation), this innovative incubator provides a home to emerging (mostly culinary) businesses and organizations seeking offices, a commercial kitchen/classroom/meeting space. In addition to space, clients can receive business counseling, technical assistance and networking opportunities – all at a reasonable cost. I was impressed to see that they even had a giant tempering machine for chocolate! Martha Stewart, as part of MSLO’s American Made initiative, has committed to serve as a mentor for two of these NYC incubators.
We were not only impressed with the budding culinary entrepreneurs that are their clients, but also with the sense of community that the staff instills. Kathrine Gregory, Founder and Director of Mi Kitchen es su Kitchen, told us stories of clients teaming up to bring their businesses to the next level.
We sampled so many delicious treats that night. One favorite was MitchMallows, Mitchell Greenberg’s artisanal marshmallows.
So pretty all boxed up!
Peartree Pantry‘s Spicy Sesame Sauce was so tasty!
chic-a-peas founders showing off their product….
…a crunchy baked chick pea snack! So tasty…and healthy! I can’t wait to buy these for my kid’s lunch boxes…
Brewla‘s specialty brewed bars. I tried the peach + ginger + white tea which was delicious and refreshing!
TomCookery chef and owner Tomica Burke was a lawyer before she started her catering company, where she specializes in “modernizing classic comfort cuisine with a southern and Carribean touch”. Everybody raved about her fried chicken sandwiches on homemade biscuits!
Two chefs from Ango, a catering group, offered us….
…their pimento cheese on sliced soft pretzel. On a PRETZEL! Needless to say we were very happy.
The brothers behind Keenwa Krunch, a yummy healthy snack made with quinoa, fruit and nuts. According to their website, The United Nations declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa!!
Lisa Scotto created Nutcase Crunch when she started to follow the Paleo diet. It is a grain-free, gluten-free, high in protein nut-based cereal/snack…tasty too!
Ashley Rougier of Darling Chocolate, half of the mother-daughter team that creates artful custom-designed chocolates.
Jennifer Faylor and her delicious artisanal chocolates at Truffles by Coquette.
Laura O’Brian (right) founded Josephine’s Feast which offers an impressive array of products including sweet and savory jams, pickles, chutneys, spices and salts all made with local produce from family farms and even rural foragers.. “My passion is working in the traditional methode confituer handcrafting fruits and creating the most tasteful preserves.”
The little desserts from Madhuram Sweets, like this Mango Burfi, were unique and so tasty. I love the way the edible silver leaf looked atop these treats.
Besides having an adorable logo, LazyLooz is a unique product, a no-bake chocolate biscuit cake that comes in 6 yummy flavors!
Colleen and Shira of Goodie Girl Tribeca. Delicious gluten-free cookies.
We loved their quinoa chocolate chip!
Baker/owner Jesse Lomax Floyd of Lomaxine makes cookies for retail and custom orders. We loved her triple ginger cookies, pistachio shortbread, and chocolate sables! See some of her beautiful custom work here.
Fatty Sunday‘s chocolate covered pretzels come in an endless assortment of creative flavors…and look cute in their packaging!
Artisan bread baker Simo Kuusisto’s Nordic Breads features organic Nordic whole grain rye. He lists the benefits of eating rye, “a vital component of the Finnish diet”, on his website: “whole grain rye bread contains four times more soluble fiber than white bread, and it is also high in antioxidants”.
I will find his bread and recreate this most delicious snack at home: butter, cheese and cucumbers on his excellent rye bread!
Happy birthday E*Space!!