I don’t think there’s going to be any other place in New York like this chocolate factory. It’s going to be big. It’s going to be new. It’s going to be very advanced. We’re going to do so many new products. And it’s in a great location. I mean, Sunset Park is a great place where we’re going to have a lot of chocolates.
Tomorrow evening, HBK Incubates is hosting an open house of its commercial kitchen space and business support program in La Marqueta, East Harlem. Interested businesses and individuals can come visit and tour the shared facility, learn about features of the kitchen and incubator program, and meet several HBK Incubates entrepreneurs and staff!
Date: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Time: 5:30pm, 6:00pm or 6:30pm (select one tour time)
Place: 1590 Park Avenue (at 114th St. under the Metro North rail line)
RSVPs are required: Select a tour time and confirm your attendance by RSVPing here.
For details, check out HBK Incubates’ website and find out more about NYCEDC’s initiatives to support food manufacturers. And watch this video to learn how food entrepreneur Diana Scot-Sho made it here in NYC, through Hot Bread Kitchen’s culinary incubator program.
…it should be clear that everything that can be made artisanally is pretty much artisanal, now, and there are things that used to be artisanal that are now artisanal again. Like jerky. Well before the Slim Jim, people were making jerky at their homemade Laura Ingalls Wilder houses in the big woods, by hand—and yet, people are working to make it more artisanal now, to bring it back to its artisanal roots. There are grants being given for this, according to Laura Kusisto, writing in the Wall Street Journal: ‘Kings County Jerky Co. is one of three recipients of $50,000 grants from the city, which were announced last night at an event in the Goldman Sachs building in Lower Manhattan. The grants also went to kd Dids, which makes knitted athletic wear, and Kombucha Brooklyn, maker of the trendy fermented health drink.’
Sit-down Restaurant Coming to Staten Island Ferry Terminal (via Staten Island Advance)
Outdoor dining with waterfront views!
Our resident economist StatsBee studies coffee and tea in New York City. Some interesting findings:
- There are 1,700 cafés, coffee shops, and tea shops in the five boroughs of New York City.
- Half of all American workers now buy coffee throughout the week, spending over $5 per work day and about $1,092 annually on coffee.
- Younger workers (18 to 34 years old) are spending about twice as much weekly on coffee as workers over 45 ($24.74 vs. $14.15)
- East Village has the highest density of cafes per ZIP code, closely followed by Midtown/Hell’s Kitchen.
- 42.7% of New York City’s cafes are either Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks.
Today we hosted the second annual New York City Food Manufacturers Business Expo at Baruch College, featuring about 200 businesses from around New York City! The Expo provides local food manufacturers with the opportunity to meet brokers, buyers, distributors, suppliers and industry experts and aims to help food manufacturers gain a competitive advantage and grow their businesses.
We also announced the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses NYCEDC Food Manufacturers Fund, as well as the Summer Fancy Food Contest where four winning companies will receive all expenses paid booths at the 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show. Find out more on NYCEDC.com.
“The Spanish Market”
My family has been going for years to Moore Street Market, one of Brooklyn’s oldest indoor markets serving East Williamsburg and the surrounding neighborhoods for close to 70 years. One of its most faithful patrons was my grandmother, who, after emigrating from Puerto Rico to Brooklyn, and later central Jersey, would always make the trip to Moore Street Market in Brooklyn. It was her number one source to get good quality and often hard-to-find Spanish foods and products.
- Christina Torcato, NYCEDC Marketing Manager
Read more on our blog about foods you can find at the Moore Street Market.