Hudson Kitchen: Table Talk Live

Hudson Kitchen coming to area (starts with Networking Event)

You probably haven’t heard of Hudson Kitchen yet.

Why not? Because they’re just a concept at the moment.

Hudson Kitchen aims to be the first 24-hour commercial kitchen available to use (rent by the hour) for aspiring cooks, foodies, and anyone else that could benefit from a fully functioning commercial kitchen.

Conceptualized by Djenaba Johnson-Jones, she hopes to have a space secured and a facility opening in the 2016-2017 time-frame somewhere in neighboring Jersey City.

But that doesn’t mean she’s all behind the scenes, as she’s feverishly been garnering support for such an endeavor – which includes holding culinary talks – like the inaugural one taking place next week.

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Hudson Kitchen kicks off its new education series Table Talk Live this March with a networking event that will bring together food entrepreneurs in a lively discussion designed to celebrate successes, tackle challenges and explore creative opportunities for collaboration.

The open­to­the­public event will take place on Wednesday, March 9th from 6 to 9 PM at JCR Pop Up Shop located at 109 Christopher Columbus Drive in Jersey City. The cost is $15, and attendees can register at ?

Table Talk Live will e a quarterly event that connects industry professionals in a supportive environment.

This quarter’s theme is “Finding your Mix: Following Your Dreams as a Food Entrepreneur.”

Five panelists will talk about their diverse paths to making careers in the culinary industry work for

Event attendees will network with the local food community and sample a tasting menu from area startups. They also will hear about successes, challenges and lessons learned from our panel of
entrepreneurs. The panel, moderated by Hudson Kitchen founder and CEO Djenaba Johnson­-Jones, will feature:

  • Alissandra (Ali) Maffucci, food blogger, New York Times best-selling cookbook author and culinary entrepreneur, founder of Inspiralized and creator of the Inspiralizer;
  • Alysis Vasquez, executive chef and owner of the Jersey City Chef Collective & Supper Club, Chilltown Kitchen;
  • Dawn Pascale, founder of OM Sweet Home, a specialty bakery focusing on plant-based and gluten-­free desserts & cakes for wholesale, corporate and private events;
  • Eddie Cotto, Jr., executive chef and owner of ME Casa, a Puerto Rican inspired restaurant and catering company; and
  • Lloyd Ortuoste, co­founder of #Baonanas, an artisanal banana pudding company.

“We’re excited to launch Table Talk Live,” said Johnson­Jones. “In addition to our goal of providing commercial kitchen and storage space, we at Hudson Kitchen want to be a resource for food entrepreneurs. We want to inspire, educate and empower. Our mission is to help food-makers in North Jersey grow their businessess, tell their stories and catapult to success.”

Hudson Kitchen Presents Table Talk Live, a quarterly networking event series produced by AJB Events, a Jersey City-based event and design company.

The next event will take place in June. Hudson Kitchen is also launching as series of culinary business workshops set to begin in April.

Startups interested in providing sample food and beverages at the event should contact Hudson Kitchen at Entrepreneurs interested in serving on an upcoming panel also should contact Hudson Kitchen.

About Hudson Kitchen

Hudson Kitchen seeks to help culinary entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses with low risk in a healthy, professional and supportive environment through commercial kitchen and storage rental, consulting services and professional development courses. ? To learn more, visit , or call 646.319.5137

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