MUMS is a proud graduate of what is now called QueensFEASTS!

Serving the flavors of home

So far, the program has been a big draw for women entrepreneurs, who represent 75% of all participants.

Tress Walker, one of the MUMS @ MumsKitchens NYC, is a lifelong chef who often cooked for friends and family. Nevertheless, she was among the first entrepreneurs to sign up for Queens FEASTS because she needed help to launch MumsKitchens NYC. The business provides a space for other โ€œmumsโ€ like Walker to network, share different culinary backgrounds, and sell their wares.

โ€œFEASTS gave me a clear roadmap to get my business off the road and running,โ€ says Walker, whose specialties include codfish topped with a crowd-pleasing Mango/Pineapple Dippin Sauce and a side of โ€œSlap Yo Mama Cole Slaw.โ€

Walker isnโ€™t the only woman at FEASTS selling food thatโ€™s based on recipes passed down through generations. Many women have built businesses around food suffused with the spices, scents and flavors of different cultures found throughout Queensโ€™ richly diverse neighborhoods, says Monique Hector, manager of entrepreneurship programs at Queens Public Library.

โ€œTheir food is unique,โ€ Hector says. โ€œTheir recipes have been passed down to them.

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