Hispanic Businesswomen Are Baking Up Goodness
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Business is a family affair for two Hispanic businesswomen the owners of Bronxville’s Chantilly Patisserie.

 

When they were in high school, Maria and Mariana Delgado Gambini did some community service as part of their high school curriculum.

Now the business owners try to also give back. After Hurricane Sandy hit New York, the Gambini’s business, Chantilly Patisserie, started collecting food. One week after the hurricane, they had amassed $30,000 worth of food.

“We rented two trucks and we drove the trucks down to Staten Island to deliver the food,”
Maria recalls.  “It was great. It feels great to have the ability and the clientele that will allow you to do those kinds of things.”

 

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Maria Gambini picks out an almond croissant for a customer at Bronxville’s Chantilly Patisserie. Photo Credit: Natalia Baage-Lord

With their parents’ life savings to back them, Hispanic businesswomen Maria and Mariana Delgado Gambini embarked on a business venture that married their love of all things Paris with their individual interests in art, architecture and culinary arts, respectively.

In January 2010, Chantilly Patisserie opened its doors, giving the women an opportunity to sell decadent desserts to a welcoming public in the Westchester County village of Bronxville. Their mother, Mirta, is also a partner in the business.

Originally from Tucuman, Argentina, the family immigrated to Westchester County in 1993. After college, where Maria majored in art and architecture, she moved back to Bronxville, taking a job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mariana attended culinary school after high school.

It was during a post-college trip to Paris that the duo fell in love with the City of Lights. “It was almost like we looked at each other and realized this is what we want to do,” Maria explains. “We had always been surrounded by food. Our background is also Italian. There are a lot of Italians in Argentina and there’s always food.”

Chantilly features European style pastries with hints of Argentinian culture.  “Whenever we get a chance we always try to include our culture.”

Two Hispanic businesswomen Share Tips for Business Success

But it takes more than a good idea to make a business succeed. Maria admits it’s a scary proposition, especially for someone with no business background. Despite that, she encourages other Latinas to take the plunge.

 

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Chantilly Pastisseries chef-owner Chef Marianna Delgado Gambini with the bakery’s Buche de Noel- photo courtesy Tania Savayan/The Journal News

“A lot of people are hesitant and scared to open a business – scared to fail and scared because they don’t have a business background.  So when it comes time to do anything, you just do it,” she recommends.

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Owning a business also requires some perseverance. She advises, “Don’t get discouraged.” Business owners have to continue learning and growing with their business, she adds.

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