Making a Difference

By: Gabby Zilkha


The second I heard about Hot Bread Kitchen, I fell in love. From its structure, to its location, this place is a true combination of everything that is right in business.

Hot Bread Kitchen is located on 115th street and Park Ave in  la Marqueta. La Marqueta is  an old historic marketplace that  used to be very popular. It has died down a bit since then but has since been building back momentum with Hot Bread Kitchen.

It all starts with the people. The founder and CEO, Jessamyn Rodriguez, employs immigrant women and uses each of the women’s cultural backgrounds to create a melting pot of recipes. The profits from the bread pay for classes for the women. There are multiple classes offered from ESL to how to start your own business. Hot Bread Kitchen creates support in a difficult environment and they do it with social justice and passion.


A super cool incubator!

They only use half of the commercial kitchen for the women bakers project. The other half of the kitchen is used for the incubator program. The incubator program gives other businesses the opportunity to work with Hot Bread Kitchen by renting out their commercial kitchen for their start up food businesses. This helps to minimize the large start up financial cost for distributing food.

They create a network for the food vendors where they can swap information. For example they hold entrepreneur exchange meetings where they give all the business owners a chance to share information, which varies from where they are getting their ingredients to what markets they are in. In addition to that, using the name Hot Bread Kitchen allows for their incubators to connect with potential big order clients. They do not make the sales for them they just make the connection. And the training and connecting works! They already have SIX of their food vendors selling in Whole Foods and many more in green markets across New York!

Bread is best when made with Social Justice!
Bread is best when made with Social Justice!

Hot Bread Kitchen is an amazing place. Go there. Hear the stories. Eat the Bread. Look out for some of the graduates of the program as well: Taste of Ethiopia, Runner & Stone, Pipsnacks,  and Donna Bells Bake Shop.You will not be disappointed especially because you know exactly where your money is going when you purchase bread or make a donation to this wonderful Non-Profit Organization.

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Chipotle Cuts the Wait, Cuts your Change

For many people who eat out for lunch daily, Chipotle is a staple restaurant with its quick moving lunch lines, relatively inexpensive food and high quality product. However new reports suggest that Chipotle may have been rounding up your check all along, and taking your penny’s with every order.

Chipotle locations across the country have been rounding our checks up or down depending on the dollar amount, to speed up their long lines. In Chipotle’s busiest markets in particular, New York and New Jersey, the registers rounded up or down depending on where the coin fell nearest to the nickel. The Star Ledger initially discovered this practice, and a Chipotle spokesperson has recently responded.

“The idea is simply to limit the possible combinations of change on cash transactions to keep the lines moving quickly in high volume areas,” spokesman Chris Arnold said. “It was never our intention to have a policy that was confusing or misleading.”

Apparently rounding to the nearest nickel helps to curb long lines and increase efficiency at many high volume Chipotle locations. Arnold also stresses that the company has not seen any kind of profit from this practice. In response, Chipotle locations in New Jersey will no longer round up to the nearest nickel, only down beginning on August 1st.

Knowing the way Chipotle operates, I find their change practice perfectly understandable. The restaurant chain has never struck me as being ‘cheap’, always offering to put more of any ingredient in a meal and complying with many customer demands. Chipotle is hardly the first business to round the change, local restaurants have even done it to the nearest dollar, and Canada did away with the penny in March. If I have to pay two cents a day to get in and out of Chipotle in under five minutes, I’ll consider it money well spent.

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