Sarabeth Levine is Pastry Chef and Founder of "Sarabeth's" Restaurants with 9 locations in New York City, one in Long Island and one in Key West, Florida. She is the creator of the SARABETH'S line of jams and preserves which are sold nationally in gourmet shops, specialty stores, upscale supermarkets, department stores and hotels throughout the United States, such as Williams Sonoma, Macy’s, Sur La Table, Zabar's, Fairway, Kings Markets, Food Emporium, Dean & DeLuca , Stew Leonard's, Balducci’s, Grace's, the Mandarin Oriental, Trump International Hotel, the Mercer Hotel and in over 5000 other stores both nationally and abroad. Her jams and bakery products are also sold at her restaurants, in her bakery at the Chelsea Market, and via the Internet at www.sarabeth.com.
Sarabeth Levine is Pastry Chef and Founder of "Sarabeth's" Restaurants with 8 locations in the New York Metropolitan Area and one in Key West, Florida. She is the creator of the award winning line of jams and preserves which are sold nationally in gourmet shops, specialty stores, upscale supermarkets, department stores and hotels throughout the United States and abroad. Her “Legendary Spreadable Fruit” and bakery products are also sold at her restaurants, in her artisan bakery at the Chelsea Market, wholesale and by mail order.
Sarabeth began her business in 1980 by making and selling her Orange-Apricot Marmalade, from an old family recipe at her home on Manhattan's Upper West Side. In 1981, she opened her first "Sarabeth's," a small pastry and jam shop on Amsterdam Avenue. The little shop was received warmly and enthusiastically by critical New Yorkers, spurring Sarabeth to open her first full scale restaurant in 1986, just across the street, and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Over the following years, responding to the demand of her ever growing customer base, she began opening additional restaurants, relocated and built a state-of-the-art bakery and installed a jam factory in a 15,000 sq. ft. facility in the Bronx.
Sarabeth graduated from C.W. Post College in 1964 with a BA. in Sociology. In 1985, she received the N.Y.U. Small Business Woman of the Year Award. She was elected to Les Dames d'Escoffier in 1987 and served as its Treasurer for two years. She was on the Advisory Board of City Harvest, a founding supporter of Children's Friends for Life, a member of the James Beard Foundation, American Woman Chefs and Restaurateurs and the American Institute of Wine and Food. Sarabeth has been twice nominated for the Perrier-Jouet Pastry Chef of the Year Award. In 1994 Sarabeth received the "Distinguished Alumni Award" at commencement ceremonies at C.W. Post College. In 1996, Sarabeth won the esteemed James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year award.
She has taught baking and cooking classes at the New School, De Gustibus at Macy's, and at Riker's Island for the Fresh Start Program. Sarabeth has appeared on Good Morning America, Good Day New York, WABC-TV News, WNBC-TV News, The Food Network, Cable News Network and several radio shows. She has been the subject of numerous magazine and newspaper articles and has written for culinary magazines and trade journals. Her first book, Sarabeth’s Bakery: From My Hands to Yours was published in October 2010 and received a nomination for the James Beard Outstanding Cookbook of 2010 (Baking and Dessert Category). She is presently under contract with Rizzoli for a breakfast and baking cookbook to be published in Fall 2013.
Sarabeth is a frequent participant in numerous charitable fund-raisers, such as Share Our Strength, American Cancer Society, City Meals on Wheels, CCAP, Kidsave Int., SHARE, IACP, and many others, as well as a prodigious contributor to various religious and educational organizations.
Sarabeth lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, with her husband Bill Levine, partner and co-founder of Sarabeth's Kitchen. The couple has 4 children and 12 grandchildren.