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Gluten and Dairy Free Everything at Zest Eats!

Gluten and Dairy Free Everything at Zest Eats!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sits down with Luciana Gencarelli from Zest Eats in Fairfield, NJ.

Luciana founded Zest when she was in college. She ran Zest on the side out of a commercial kitchen, but she always knew she wanted to start her own business. Luciana had the opportunity to live her dream and open her very own storefront in 2017.

With the help of her then-boyfriend, now husband TJ, they have an extremely successful business. When Luciana first opened the storefront, TJ worked at his father’s bakery daily and after his shift, he would leave to come help her. After a few months, Zest got a lot busier, so he started working with Luciana full time. Eventually, they got engaged and married. They even took pictures at Zest on their wedding day. With TJ’s knowledge from his father’s bakery, he helped her expand the menu of bakery items and recipe collection.

Not only does Zest have an amazing bakery menu, they also offer salads, soups, acai bowls, smoothies and their very popular “krust,” which are their variations on gluten free toasts. In addition, they offer weekly meal prep for anyone that doesn’t have time to cook but still wants to eat healthy. All of the ingredients at Zest are naturally gluten and dairy-free. Most items on the menu are vegan, but customers can add organic chicken or eggs if they would like.

Luciana describes some of their most popular tasty treats — Cacao Cookie Monster, Chickpea Cacao Bar (their best seller), Sweet Potato Brownie (Luciana’s fave), and Peanut Butter Pretzel cookie ( which is our personal fave at Hip NJ.)

Visit Zest at their store located at 418 Fairfield Ave, Fairfield, NJ 07004.

You can also check out Zest online at their website, Instagram, and Facebook.

For all things Garden State, keep checking out HipNewJersey.com!

Hip New Jersey and Lisa Marie would like to thank  Bloomingdale’s Short Hills (wardrobe) for styling Lisa.

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Lisa Marie Latino

Lisa Marie Falbo (Latino) is CEO and executive producer of Long Shot Productions, a full-service media production company based in Fairfield, New Jersey. Latino’s career has produced numerous commercial, corporate, and entertainment programs that have taken her throughout the United States as well as Europe. In 2014, Latino co-launched Hip New Jersey a lifestyle program featuring the latest trends around the Garden State. She serves as the television show’s executive producer and host. Hip New Jersey can be seen on HometowneTV, NJ on Air and HipNewJersey.com. Latino has appeared on a wide variety of local television, network cable, and radio shows, including TLC’s Cake Boss, SNY’s Oh Yeah and on WFAN Sports Radio. She also works in-season for the New York Giants Radio Network, and has served as an adjunct broadcasting professor at Seton Hall University. In 2016, Latino added published author to her lofty resume with the release of her debut novel, Ten Years Later. In 2017, “TYL” won Best Fiction at the Independent Authors Book Expo. Latino graduated from Montclair State University in 2006 with a degree in broadcasting and speech communication.

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