Our wholesale manager, inventory queen, and all-around genius right-hand woman Joan Baker became our first full-time employee in July of 2010. Joan was a classmate at FCI, and has worked in the kitchens of the famed Del Posto and Park Avenue Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter, as well as the West Village cupcake haven Sweet Revenge. She brings loads of talent, an unmatched work ethic, and superior organizational skills to the kitchen, and she can be found at most major events we do. She’s also a dedicated runner who has finished in the New York City Marathon, and has gotten the rest of the kitchen healthier by example. Thanks, Joan!
Jessie came to us from our alma mater FCI, and has yet again done the school proud. Originally braving a wicked commute from the Bronx every day, Jessie has raised the bar on reliability – and has one of the best attitudes we’ve ever come across, to boot. Aside from keeping us up-to-date on the latest in pop culture, Jessie leads in-kitchen dance parties, remembers all the lyrics to every Saturday morning cartoon theme song we’ve ever heard of, and just got married last fall.
Michelle is another FCI alum. She proved her mettle in the godless no-man’s-land that is The Holidays (2011 edition), and is now an indispensable part of our production team. A CT native, her sterling work ethic, wackadoo-friendly sense of humor, and love of karaoke earned her swift and total acceptance into the Liddabit family. Michelle’s fashion background has also served her well here, and she spends all her extra time off (jkjk) helping to make our retail spaces beautiful and cohesive.
Monique started working for us part-time in 2012, and we couldn’t be happier to have her in the kitchen full-time these days. Along with her mad baking skills, Mo brings an unrivaled obsession with food to the team. All of the food. Making it, eating it, photographing it, writing about it…well, you get the idea. We’re always amazed at the amount of awesome stuff Monique manages to do in her spare time (Concerts! Hockey games! Trips to Austin!), and do our best to live through her vicariously.
Kelsey Smith and Simone Mandell are our two most recent hires, and bake most of the amazing breads and breakfast-y savories for our Industry City outpost.
Robin’s background is in theatrical and costume design, but her retail management and organizational skills are unmatched. She joined us in the summer of 2013 to open the Chelsea retail store, setting up an infrastructure from scratch; hiring, managing, and scheduling our fantastic retail staff; and doing about a jillion other things to keep Chelsea running smoothly and looking great. Robin is also pretty much unbeatable at poker, pop-culture trivia, and puns.
Our outstanding retail staffers Mayo Redding, Tiffany Vigilance, Cyrenne Laljie, Vanessa Wendt, Nicole Weigelt and Tommy Heleringer all make our Chelsea Market and Industry City customers feel welcome and informed every day. Please make sure to say hi to them when you stop by!