The Squab Squad
A dreamer and a doer, Eric Alderman is the owner of The Stoop Kitchen and the Stoop Bakery Café. Eric brings together his love for food and community in these two ventures. Eric’s philosophies, derived from being a lifetime Syracuse area resident, and a wealth of living and teaching in entrepreneurship, have come together in the intended warmth, friendliness and community-building environment one experiences daily by walking in the door of both the Stoop Kitchen restaurant and the world-class Stoop Bakery Café of French Master Baker Yemen Tounsi. From time-to time Eric will write his thoughts in his blog Sittin’ On The Stoop.
Yemen was born in Lyon, France where from the tender age of 12 he was a classically trained as a baker of bread, pastries and viennoiserie. Yemen has traveled the world working as Master Baker, and Pastry Chef, in England, Ireland, Romania, Switzerland, Spain, Corsica and the Seychelles, to name a few. He has worked for famed names such as Paul Bakery, Eric Kayser, La Boulangerie des Gourmets, Crusto, The Twelve Hotel, Boulanger des Invalides, Constance Ephelia Resort, and for two of the most prominent and respected retail food groups in Europe, Real Metro Group and Migros. Yemen was invited to join the French team in the World Cup of baking, Louis Lesaffre 2015.
Yemen comes to us at newly formed The Stoop Bakery, from his most recent position of Master Baker at Apple’s (yes, the iPhone Apple) opening of the largest restaurant and bakery facility in the world, at their new headquarters in Austin, Texas. Yemen has created many specialties well recognized throughout Europe, and is ecstatic to share them with the patrons of Syracuse. “Syracuse reminds me of a small European village, with the walking streets and the daily market. The produce is incredibly delicious and fresh, and I am looking forward to using local purveyors in my products throughout the seasons”.
Hospitality is an art, which is why we have Jennissa at the helm of The Stoop Kitchen dining room as our Front Of House Manager. An accomplished and nationally shown artist, Jennissa has learned and grown in the service industry since age 14, Jennissa’s food journey began with a slap on the wrist and the challenge, “if you can work here you can work anywhere.” Fast forward through 22 years in the CNY food scene, Jennissa delivers far more than great food to the table. The Danny Meyer quote guides her path: “Service is about soul; and service without soul, no matter how elegant, is quickly forgotten by the guest,”.