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The Hudson Kitchen – Table Talk Live Event

TableTalkLive_053Last Wednesday night, 70+ food entrepreneurs and industry professionals joined Hudson Kitchen for the first in a series of networking events and culinary business workshops.

The event was held at the JCR Pop Up Shop in downtown Jersey City.

Everything was delicious! So many dishes to taste, ranging from paleo to gluten free.. to vegan to waffles! When you first walk in you are greeted by photographers to take your picture (say cheeeese!) walk up the steps and let the delicious scents hit you! I started out with the amazing hot sauces and worked my way around to end with banana pudding! In between there were fresh brew beers, smoothies, fully gluten free entrees, and amazing vegan cookies amongst other things! By the time I completed the circle of vendors and ended up back where I began I wish I had room to do it all over again!!

^My friend Marla Mendelsohn and I arriving at the event^



Guests at the event were treated to a tasting menu from 15 local vendors which included #Baonanas, A&I Nutreats, Black Swan Pies, Bread & Spoon, Central Avenue Liquors, Dark Side of the Moo, Graze & Braise, Icon Food Marketing, Lighten Up Caterers, Ms. Fu’s Yummy Food Truck, NJ Beer Co., Om Sweet Home, Outer Limits Hot Sauce, Squeeze’D and Waffle It & Co. (YUM!)


^Waffle It & Co^


^Outer Limits Hot Sauce^

Guests enjoyed a panel discussion entitled “Finding Your Mix: Following Your Dreams as a Food Entrepreneur,” which included local food entrepreneurs Dawn Pascale founder of Om Sweet Home, a specialty bakery focusing on plant-based and gluten-free desserts and cakes; Alysis Vasquez of executive chef and owner of Jersey City Chef Collective & Supper Club, Chilltown Kitchen; Eddie Cotto, Jr. executive chef and owner of ME Casa and Lloyd Ortuoste, co-founder of #Baonanas, an artisanal banana pudding company.

The panel was moderated by Hudson Kitchen founder and CEO Djenaba Johnson-Jones. 


I had the pleasure of personally speaking with Djenaba Johnson-Jones, the CEO and founder of The Hudson Kitchen. She has such a passion for this venture, and so much more she wants to do! I am very excited to witness it all come together because I know it will be fabulous…

“I want to thank everyone who came out for the inaugural Table Talk Live,” said Hudson Kitchen founder and CEO Djenaba Johnson-Jones. ‘There’s a great need for the local food entrepreneurship community to come together, learn from each other, celebrate each other and grow the great culinary ideas that are percolating right here in Jersey City. It was fantastic to see so many people excited about supporting new culinary enterprises and having an opportunity to talk with some of the success stories. Hudson Kitchen is honored to be able to bring them all together for events like these.”

The next Hudson Kitchen Table Talk Live event will take place in June and culinary business courses begin in this Spring!

Check back for information on ticket sales to this event!

 Do you want to know more?!

The 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.

You can also follow them on social media!

Instagram – @theHudsonKitchen


Facebook – The Hudson Kitchen

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Special thank you to Anita Bell of AJB Events for putting this amazing event together!


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