My humble beginnings as The Challah Fairy started when the kids were young. Together with becoming a stay-at-home mom came spare time to cook and bake.
There is nothing nicer than having fresh homemade challah waiting on the Shabbat table. As it takes almost the same amount of time, it never occurred to me to bake one or two challot, but rather the basic recipe which makes six standard size challahs. And so....almost every week, I began my preparations for Shabbos with challah baking. But what to do with all the extra challahs? On Friday afternoons I would take the extra challahs and deliver them to my friends. One of my dear friends, Connie (yes....that's her real name), would return from her mailbox, with her mail in one hand and fresh challah in the other. Her phone calls were always the same, "Ooooo......The Challah Fairy was here!"
When I began baking professionally, The Challah Fairy was officially born. The name felt so right and appropriate. I haven't looked back. In the first years I baked all day Thursday and then delivered challah and cake to private homes in Monsey, Teaneck, Englewood, New York City and Westchester. As deliveries are done late at night and left with doormen and unlocked cars, it was obvious that during the night a fairy must have appeared to leave shabbat goodies.
From the kitchen, I quickly moved to baking in the garage and from there to a small and charming boutique baking facility in New City, New York. Once I moved to New City and received rabbinical supervision from Rabbi Zushe Blech, I began selling to supermarkets, schools and caterers. As children with allergies have special dietary needs, I decided to accommodate and became a nut free facility.
Challah Fairy challahs and cakes are now sold in 20 supermarkets and are unique to the challah industry.
We recently moved the business to a larger facility which is part of a strip mall in one of the busiest areas of New City. We will be opening a cholov yisroel (kosher dairy) cafe shortly, where one can enjoy light breakfast and lunch and the best coffee and ambiance in town. We will have Wifi, TV news and the days newspapers for your enjoyment.
ntly open five days a week and stay open until two hours before
Shabbos. During the winter, we will stay open until one hour
Our leftover challahs are picked up every Monday by a volunteer from Kosher
Troops (for information please visit www.koshertroops.com), they are then frozen, vacuum sealed and shipped to our "Kosher Troops" in Iraq and Afghanistan. This gives me great pleasure!
In August of 2009, I was interviewed by Linda Lombroso of The Rocklan
d Journal News. A mere ten days before Rosh Hashanah the article appeared on the front page of the Life and Style Section of the Rockland and Westchester papers. When I arrived at work that Friday morning, people who had traveled from all over Westchester and Rockland were waiting to purchase challah. The rest is history.
I love doing things for others but never in my wildest imagination did I envision spreading my fairy wings to as many homes as I do today.