Joy Pierson and Bart Potenza are the husband-and-wife owners of New York City-based Candle Café, Candle 79 and Candle Café West. Potenza has 30 years of experience in New York’s health-focused food industry, and he met Pierson, a nutritionist, when she was a daily customer at his former 500-square-foot New York restaurant.
When Pierson’s health dramatically changed for the better once she began eating Potenza’s food, it was only a matter of time until their small empire took form. “People love the quality [of our food] and the flavor profiles,” Pierson explains. “It’s organic; it’s picked within 24 hours; we’ve got great farmers we’ve been working with for a long time. People know good food.”
January 19, 2015
Joy Pierson is a nutritionist and co-owner of the Candle Cafe, Candle Cafe West, and Candle 79. Her passion for counseling and healing through great food led her to join Bart Potenza at The Healthy Candle in 1988.
June 24, 2013
Fresh, organic food is the cornerstone of Candle Café's long history of success in New York City.