From Blondies To Pudgies Celebs And Athletes Love This Chef’s Harlem Sweets

June 5, 2017

NY Post’s Jennifer Gould Keil writes that if you are looking for a sweet way to say Happy Father’s Day? Head to East Harlem, where Chef Ayala Donchin, the founder/executive chef of Evelyn’s Kitchen and “Harlem best kept secret” The EK Cafe at 2317 1st Avenue, has been creating private chef services and desserts beloved by the country’s top athletes since her days catering desserts to Madison Square Garden.

Chris Paul has had her chocolate ganache cupcakes delivered to the set of a GQ cover shoot. Her banana pudding pudgies — pudding transformed into a soft, doughy cookie — have been delivered to the LA Clipper’s team plane at Teterboro airport.

Power couple Dwyane Wade, of the Miami Heat, and actress Gabrielle Union get deliveries of her toffie blondies to their homes in Miami and Chicago. They’ve also ordered her famed banana pudding pudgie, which Gayle King, in Oprah’s ‘O’ Magazine, called one of her favorite things.

Nick Cannon also loves the PB&J “jamalies,” which are two peanut butter oatmeal cookies sandwiching salted peanut butter frosting and two layers of Smucker’s Grape Jelly.

The EK Cafe serves lunch, dinner and baked goods daily. Donchin — a graduate of the Goldman Sachs Small Businesses program — also creates special menus for intimate groups at her chef’s table for brunches and dinners, but this tends to book early for Father’s Day.


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