John Macy has always been at home in the kitchen. During his college years, he catered clambakes for summer residents on Martha’s Vineyard and briefly apprenticed to his uncle, a Cordon Bleu trained chef and caterer.
In 1976, just out of college, John started a small catering business in Northern California. Never one to settle for ready-made appetizers, he created a spicy, twisted breadstick by laminating multiple layers of sharp cheddar cheese and fresh sourdough, hand-twisting strips of the layered dough and baking them twice to a satisfying crunch.
John's "CheeseSticks" were an instant hit. John soon came to believe there was a bigger market for his unique gourmet appetizers, After short decade of hard work, a few unexpected detours and a move to the Big Apple, he became an "overnight" success.
Here’s the chronology:
1976 - John starts Easy Cook Eaty and creates the original CheeseSticks recipe.
1977 - John sells CheeseSticks at county fairs and carnivals along the California coast.
1979 - John moves to New York City.
1982 - John installs a small commercial oven and dough sheeter in his walk-up East Village apartment and the first CheeseSticks "snack factory" takes shape.
1985 - John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks opens for business from a small leased storefront on New York's Lower East Side.
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Soon after the new business launched, Balducci’s, a famous New York specialty grocer, placed its first order and the CheeseSticks became a featured specialty snack. Dean & Deluca, Fairway, Zabars and the Grand Hyatt and Marriott Hotels would follow, and the business was on its way!
Thirty years and a move across the Hudson River later, John Wm. Macy’s sixty employees are still hard at work producing "the perfect crunch" under John's supervision.
We have grown, but the heart of John Wm. Macy's Family Bakery still comes from the kitchen. John's inspiration, quality ingredients and the craftsmanship of our employees come together to make a delicious difference. We believe you will taste that "CheeseSticks difference" in every bite!