FOUNDER & OPERATOR
Kris began exploring her love of locally produced food over a decade ago. She has dabbled as a hands-on baker and prep cook in a half a dozen commercial kitchens and worked on several organic vegetable farms in the region. During these experiences, she discovered how common the struggle was for many new entrepreneurs to find adequate professional kitchen space and connect to essential business resources and education. Ever curious and service-oriented, she began to investigate how she could utilize her project management talents to solve this problem for the food community she had come to know and love.
She began her journey to open Garden State Kitchen back in 2015. GSK became the perfect amalgamation of all she ever wanted to do by combining her passion for producing, preparing, and sharing food and her love of community. Because of her professional career as a project manager, Kris already knew how to secure and manage funding, write a business plan, hire and manage a staff, and perform marketing and bookkeeping duties. With these skills and a ready-made network that had naturally evolved from her culinary and farm work in the community, she has been able to connect the dots between the logistics, people, and organizations needed to bring Garden State Kitchen to life.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT &
Stacy Basko is a marketing manager, writer and recipe developer with deep knowledge in professional cooking, branding, and non-profits. Her diverse experience has led her into c-suite boardrooms, 4-star kitchens, and locked-down state prisons. Today, she produces branded content, workshops, and events at Garden State Kitchen, where she launched The Formula, a six-week series for food entrepreneurs who want to grow their business. Have an idea for a class or pop-up event?
DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MARKETING
Gabby heads Digital Marketing at Garden State Kitchen. Her energy is focused on connecting with our food entrepreneurs and the local community through social platforms, email marketing, and other digital mediums. Gabby works on connecting our GSK makers to workshop and retail opportunities to further advance their business, as well as communicating to the larger GSK audience about all the offerings coming from our incubator kitchen. Above all Gabby enjoys seeing family businesses grow and thrive at Garden State Kitchen.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND FACILITY SUPPORT MANAGER
Kristine brings a decade of administrative and logistics experience to her work at Garden State Kitchen. You will find her leading a tour, working with our makers, devising new protocols and systems, or pretty much anything that is needed at the kitchen. She loves to work with - and eat from! - the delicious makers we have at GSK, and always has time for a smile and to receive input or feedback about how to improve our service to our community of makers.
ALTAGARCIA "MECHI" REYES
Mechi is behind the shine at Garden State Kitchen. She has a passion for detail and cleanliness, and you can see her passion come through in her work and the work of her team. She manages the GSK cleaning team and enables us to maintain a standard of clean that is unrivaled by any kitchen. We are not sure what we do without her!