Pair of Jamaica FEASTS graduates make their culinary dreams a reality
By Naeisha Rose
Tress Walker was a student at Central Library’s Jamaica FEASTS, a free entrepreneurial program for those in the culinary world.
Tavia Kowalchuk was a student at the Jamaica FEASTS, a culinary entrepreneurial program.
MumsKitchens NYC and Bliss Street Creamery are the brainchildren of Tress Walker and Tavia Kowalchuk, two entrepreneurs who wouldn’t let their lack of...
Food Justice served up at Queens Food Day
... MumsKitchens NYC was honored to be a participant at the Queens Food day...
People in Astoria learned about what they can do to access healthy food closer to home.
Socrates Sculpture Park and the Queens Action Council teamed up for their second annual Queens Food Day Saturday.
Participants got to taste locally made Southeast Asian, Trinidadian and Bengali food.
They also learned about composting, urban farming and more.
"We need to make sure that our communities are being...
... Money is one of the biggest concerns for Walker, who has been attending the lecture series and will apply to be in the first FEASTS cohort. “I wanted to open my business ten years ago but life got in the way and I stopped,” she told me. A longtime resident of St. Albans, Queens, Walker hopes to open a bakeshop in nearby Jamaica. She’s already hard at work fine-tuning her menu, which includes nutty brownie bites and tamarind balls. Walker is especially looking forward to trying her recipes in the library’s commercial kitchen. “I make fresh, quality foods,” she said. “I want to contribute to the growth of my neighborhood.”
As attendees filed out of the lecture, they took samples of Walker’s nutty brownies and oatmeal cookies, as well as another participant’s banana tartlets and fig bread. The brownie bites disappeared too quickly for me to try them, but this eater believes that the cookies deserve a place in bakeries and grocery stores all over the city...
MumsKitchens NYC has worked with QCP for a number of years, supporting the agency’s fundraising activities. Recently, MumsKitchens NYC, along with Ps Catering Services Inc., have prepared and delivered meals at no charge to the nine group homes QCP operates. Tress & Pauline have selflessly volunteered their time and products to support the agency.