The Start of Hope, Faith & Gluttony:
- The name was created by Hope's brother Chuck, a recent religion major from Princeton at the time. Why go for the mundane when you can make people think and chuckle at the same time, right?
- Yes, Hope, Faith & Gluttony is THAT bakery from Red Bank, NJ. Started in 1995, Hope opened her Shrewsbury Avenue Store in 1997.
- Since going on-line, Hope, Faith & Gluttony (HF&G) has been featured on the Rachael Ray Show, Martha Stewart Radio Show on Sirius Radio, in New Jersey Monthly, USA Today and, in Hope’s hometown paper, the Asbury Park Press.
A little about Hope Haskell Jones:
- New York City Born, Rumson, New Jersey Bred, with some Virginia thrown in there for good measure.
- Graduated from Cornell’s Hotel School (with a minor in Women’s Rowing)
- Attended courses at the Peter Kump School, now known as ICE (Institute of Culinary Education)
- But as most bakers will tell you, Hope learned a lot through trial & error, reading cook books, emulating pictures of other cakes and cookies (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!) and just saying "sure, I can do that" when clients described what they wanted.
We always get the question "What is your specialty?" Here are a few depending on your favorite category of dessert/treat:
- The Cheesecake - Hope has been making this cheesecake since she was 12 or 13. In recent years she has added some new flavors to the line up, but Hope still uses Philly Brand Cream Cheese, just like she did when she was a child. Her youngest brother, Harry, would request it be made for him whenever he came home from college.
- O-Bar- the O-Bar (yes, that "0") was created while Hope was at Cornell. Hope’s brother, Chuck was at Episcopal High School in Virginia, and in dire need of a care package or two. He requested she do something different to her chocolate chip cookie mix that she had been making for close to 10 years at that point. To save space and reduce the number of broken cookies, she made it as a bar. Voila! The O-Bar was born. The name stemmed from the girls in Hope’s sorority - Alpha Chi Omega - who said "eating one of these is better than having a boyfriend!" You can take it from there...
- Tollhouse Pie - a forgotten jewel in the line up. Just edges out the Chocolate Fudge Pie in popularity. It is a solid, albeit gooey, pie that covers the sweet, chocolate and salt cravings in one fell swoop. Served Hot, Warm or Cold, you cannot go wrong with this pie.
- Chocolate Chip Cookie - the oldest recipe in Hope’s recipe box. She learned how to measure, mix and create her own recipes from this cookie. The girls who attended Foxcroft School with Hope can attest to that! Hope was not satisfied with the recipe on the bag of chips so she experimented and came up with the recipe still used today - slightly larger batches but still small by industry standards.