Andre Springer is a drag artist whose performance has centered around their homemade hot sauce. Fauzia Abdur-Rahman is a street cart vendor with a twenty-five year following for her Jamaican-Fusion food and jerk seasoning. They have one important thing in common. They are part of Hot Bread Kitchen's small business community, which helped them scale their super special products and create income that will provide them with future financial stability.
In my conversations with the women entrepreneurs in this guide, I heard time and again how lack of access to capital, supply chain, production and marketing were challenges to launching and growing their food businesses. These obstacles are particularly crippling for women, people of color and immigrants.
Hot Bread Kitchen works with talented breadwinners like Andre and Fauzia to level the playing field to launch and scale their businesses and achieve their goals. By providing access to kitchen space, recommendations for partners, buyers as well as training in all facets of starting a company, Hot Bread Kitchen also enables all of us to enjoy their delicious foods.
Under the leadership of CEO Shaolee Sen, Hot Bread Kitchen promotes an equitable and inclusive food industry in other ways as well. Through their events like The Kitchen Conference and The Food Entrepreneurship Forum and partnerships with like-minded groups such as CommonWealth Kitchen in Boston and La Cocina in San Francisco, Hot Bread Kitchen is able to share their expertise and learnings, drive community and collaboration around food equity through entrepreneurship and expand the reach and impact of their programs beyond NYC.
Because of their work helping women, people of color and immigrants find economic futures in food, I'm honored to be a member of the Board of Directors To give more people an opportunity to achieve the kind of success enjoyed by those featured here, I’m making a donation in the name of each woman to Hot Bread Kitchen, an organization whose mission is to create economic opportunities through food.