JonJohn’s Bakery and owners Jonathan Arline-Keltos and John Keltos received the New York State Senate’s Empire Award July 11 from state Senator Jeremy Cooney.
JonJohn’s Bakery is a black-owned LGBTQ+ business known for their mac and cheese.
JonJohn’s Bakery, operating since 1999, has twice been awarded the Rochester Epilepsy Foundation’s People’s Choice Award and the Foodlink Festival of Food Best Taste award. JonJohn’s uses fresh local ingredients from small, local farmers and specialty product vendors. Outside of their bakery, they host a stand at the Brighton Farmers Market where they sell desserts and regularly sell out of their famous mac and cheese.
The New York State Senate Empire Award recognizes excellence in business throughout the state.
“Small businesses are the heart of our community and JonJohn’s commitment to social causes and working with other small businesses shows that mission focused ventures can be a model for success,” Cooney said at a ceremony at Brighton Farmers Market. “As the first Indian American Senator from upstate New York I know that representation matters and seeing a black-owned LGBTQ+ thrive in our district only adds to our diversifying population.”
“We’re grateful that our baked goods and macaroni & cheese have brought so much joy to so many people over the years,” Arline-Keltos and Keltos said. “It has been an amazing adventure and we’re better people for it. Thanks to our family, friends, and fans for your love and support.”
The award was tied into National Mac and Cheese Day on July 14.