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Winter 2012 Newsletter 
Happy Holidays
         to all from the          
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Retail Bakers of America- Featured Bakery

Congratulations to Joe Gifoli of Gourmet Bake Shop
 for being chosen as the featured bakery by R.B.A.

Gourmet Bake Shop opened its doors on October 7th 1991, 21 years ago. Joe and Judy Gifoli purchased the bakery from Mike Saccente, who operated the business for the prior 6 years. But actually the bakery originally had been established when the property was built in the 1940's, and had several prior owners since then. The prior owners focused mostly on bread and yeast raised products, so when Joe became owner he introduced more of a European cake and pastry product line. The business has evolved and grown over the years, with Joe gradually building and improving the cake business.


The bakery still makes a complete line of scratch breads, rolls, danish, croissants, and puff pastry items. It also makes a full line of butter cookies, Italian cookies and biscotti, miniature pastry, layer cakes, pies, whip cream cakes, as well as birthday and wedding cakes. The bakery has a strong coffee business, with several tables for customers to sit and enjoy a quick hot or cold beverage. And for man's best friend, they even make dog treats. The bakery is a strong supporter of the community and donates product to various religious groups and civic associations throughout the year. The bakery also has a few wholesale accounts as well, but the bulk of the business is retail.


Plans are under way to do a major expansion and remodeling of the store. Recently the bakery leased the space adjacent to it, and will be adding on an additional 600 square feet of retail space, 400 square feet of kitchen space, plus 900 square feet of basement storage. The plans include a larger self serve coffee area, additional refrigeration, additional seating, and more counters and showcases. The renovations are expected to be completed in 2013.



Gourmet Bake Shop

775 Hillside Avenue

New Hyde Park, NY 11040



Nassau Suffolk Bakers Workshop
  November 28, 2012

Nassau Suffolk Bakers
Workshop/ Meeting
Reinwald's Bakery
Charlie Tola of Lulu's Bakery




Charlie with gift box cake



Pillow Cake


Brooklyn Queens Bakers Holiday Party
Brooklyn & Queens Bakers held their annual
Holiday Party on December 4th

Bakers Joke Corner
Working hard in the bakery requires stepping back and laughing once in a while.
Holiday Fruitcake Recipe
--------------------------- You'll need the following: 1 C water 1 C sugar 1 C brown sugar 4 large eggs lemon juice 1 tsp. baking soda 2 C dried fruit nuts 1 tsp. salt 1 FULL bottle of your favorite whiskey Sample the whiskey to check for quality. Take a large bowl. Check the whiskey again to be sure that it is of the highest quality. Pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat 1 C of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add 1 tsp. sugar and beat again. Make sure the whiskey is still okay. Cry another tup. Turn off the mixer. Break two legs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the whiskey to check for tonsisticity. Next, sift 2 cups of salt. Or something. Who cares. Check the whiskey. Now sift the lemon juice and add one table. Spoon. Of sugar or something. Whatever you can find. Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees. Don't forget to off the beat turner. Throw the bowl out the window. Check the whiskey again. Go to bed. Who the heck likes fruitcake anyway?!


Happy Holidays to All
Up Coming Events


Nassau & Suffolk Bakers  Meeting

When:Wed, February 6th, 2013 at 3pm
Where:   Paddys Loft Restaurant 

1286 Hicksville Rd (Route 107)

Massapequa, NY 11758


New York State Bakers Board of Directors Meeting

When:Thursday, January 16th, 3PM

Where: Plattduetsche Park Restaurant
1132 Hempstead Turnpike
Franklin Square, NY 11010-1535

 P: (516) 354-3131


Westchester Bakers Meeting

When:Tuesday In January Date TBD 
(Meetings held second Tuesday of each month) 

 Where: TBD
RSVP Please -Rosanne Rush

Cell phone # is 914 255-5991.


Atlantic Bakery Deli Dairy Expo

When: March 30 & 31st 2014

Where: Atlantic City Convention Hall  



New York State Association of Manufacturing Retail Bakers
640 Route 25A
Rocky Point, NY 11778