Last Thursday night, I headed uptown to Harlem for the annual fundraiser at Hot Bread Kitchen. Not even an incredibly pesky, lingering cold could keep me from enjoying the evening. My boss introduced me to this amazing organization almost two years ago and I have so loved learning more about their programs, success stories, and impacts in the community. Hot Bread Kitchen is a bakery (and so much more) that employs immigrant women who might traditionally have difficulty finding work in a new country, or might be chastised for even dreaming of doing so. These women share and produce the breads of their homelands and childhoods and, in turn, receive culinary training, English classes, and job-placement assistance.
The evening was filled with many supporters, lots of delicious dishes, and a bubbly glass of hard cider. Perhaps my favorite moment was watching the hands-on demonstration of making m'smen, though not more than eating a piece right off the griddle. Afterwards there were more treats – cookies from Dorie Greenspan and a tour of the tiny kitchen that now produces all things sweet for her newly launched company, Beurre & Sel.
If you would like to learn more about this organization, FOOD & WINE wrote a great piece, complete with a few recipes, on Hot Bread kitchen a few years ago. Or you can head straight to the official website. And if you are in New York City, you are lucky enough to have their breads offered at many retailers and green markets!