Culinary and Nutrition Team Member, Harlem Children’s Zone
Selected Best of Weddings, 2015 by the Knot Magazine and www.theknot.com
Every heaven scent baked good at Aromas Boutique Bakery bears the creative touch of Chef Eileen Barett. An East Harlem native and current resident, Eileen is committed to culinary excellence, all natural homemade food and the authentic experience of food. She holds a degree in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management from the Art Institute of New York(AINYC) as well as a B.S in Psychology and a Certificate in Community Health from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. At AINYC, Chef Eilleen earned a scholarship for excellence from Les Dames d’Escoffier International and the EDMC Award for culinary excellence. More recent accolades include a spotlight by the Womens Venture Fund and 2015 Best in Weddings Pick by the Knot magazine in the Cake and dessert category. While still catering, Chef Eileen launched Everydaygourmet NYC with the support of a group of fitness pros. Clients on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Upper West Side and Harlem enjoyed the innovative flair Eileen brought to healthy cuisine. No one felt deprived. Everyday gourmet propelled her into a career as a Private Chef. Chef Eileen’s gift for pastry began to shine and she and her artist sister, Jo-Ann began creating custom cakes to complement their catering business. Aromas Boutique Bakery will celebrate 3 years in October where their signature cake, the Best Pumpkin Cake in the world, continues to delight and be their best seller.
Jo-Ann Barett, Co-Owner and Lead cake designer of Aromas Boutique Bakery is a self-trained artist. Beyond cake design, Jo-Ann is responsible for menu development, event planning and operations. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tufts University and is a member of the International Cake Exploration Societé. After 7 years in the Corporate Events industry and providing information technology to the trade show and exposition industry, Jo-Ann returned to her hometown of New York City. In New York, she was contracted by the US Events and Motivation Group of Avon Products, Inc. Jo-Ann and her sister, Chef Eileen Barett, launched Amanesca Catering & Events in 2004. Their first event boasted 250 international guests. The duo launched Everyday Gourmet NYC, a custom food delivery service soon after and Aromas Boutique Bakery opened in 2012. Currently, Jo-Ann is spearheading the growth of their wholesale business and creating a line of natural desserts infused with essential oils to pitch to Neiman Marcus in 2016. They are honored to share their commitment to all natural cuisine by continuing to create traditional, sugar-free and gluten free options.
Me at work in my studio