Help Support Hot Bread Kitchen via Kickstarter


I discovered Hot Bread Kitchen in the same way a lot of people probably do: I was hungover and on the hunt for the fattiest, greasiest, most delicious thing I could find in the Greenmarket. I was awake and out early on a weekend morning and feeling smug about it, but I needed to put down a layer of something absorbent before I could get serious about vegetable matter. I stumbled (no, not literally) on Hot Bread’s market booth and fixated on their nearly translucent M’smen, a traditional Moroccan flatbread that did the trick and then some (also, smen, the fermented butter traditionally used in the bread, is a wonderful fat source I never knew existed).

Even though I didn’t have the brain power to ask questions about their social justice mission on that first visit, I became a fan over the next few months as I tried their other products, which range from blue corn tortillas that actually taste like corn to fresh braided challah. Although their bread speaks for itself, the not-for-profit bakery also functions as a training program for foreign-born women interested in baking, and they’re in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to help finance scholarships so that they can pay their trainees.

Although they are getting close, they haven’t yet reached their goal of $50,000 to fund this 12-month program which includes in-kitchen training and English lessons. You have another ten days to donate anywhere from $1 to $5,000 (and if you do donate the $5,000 and need a friend to bring to the Christina Tosi baking lesson, I’ll be happy to join you.)

Claire Brown

Claire is the Associate Digital Editor at Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn. When she's not writing about food, she can often be found leading tours at the Union Square Greenmarket.

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