Two sisters. One dream.
People driving along Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow can expect to spot a teal-colored baking truck outside Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm most days this summer.
Sisters Sydney and Samantha Squatrito of Port Jefferson Station held a grand opening for their baking truck, For Goodness Cakes Co., outside Rottkamp’s June 8. Despite weeks of preparation for their first day, Sydney, 24, said they sold out in two hours.
But getting there, she said, was no easy task.
Sydney purchased a 1997 food truck on Craigslist in June 2018. Sydney, Samantha, brother-in-law Paulo Bernardino and a close family friend soon got to work on the restoration, putting in about $40,000 to refurbish the now fully equipped bakery kitchen. The truck has multiple sinks, an oven, a large refrigerator, freezer and countertops, Sydney said.
Samantha, 28, who handles finances and assists with baking, received her associate degree in fashion business from FIT. She was always interested in starting a catering business, she said, so it was a no-brainer when Sydney invited her to be a partner in the business.
“When it came to crafting the menu, my trust was 100% in her,” Samantha said. “She has a ton of people who’ve loved her stuff for years.”
Sydney said she’s been invested in baking since she was 8 years old. After experimenting with cake decorating for friends’ birthday parties, she developed her craft, purchasing pipettes and cake boards. By age 13, she was selling cakes with fondant and piped icing to her mother’s friends.
The Port Jefferson Station native went on to earn a degree in baking and pastry arts from Suffolk County Community College’s culinary arts program in Riverhead and continued to work independently.
The truck’s menu will shift as seasons change, Sydney said. Right now, it has embraced the strawberry harvest, using fresh berries from Fox Hollow Farm, which has operated in Baiting Hollow for over 50 years.
Owner Jeff Rottkamp said he was eager to have the truck stationed on his property after speaking with Sydney in February. It was her participation in the Disney College Program in 2015, where she studied baking and pastry arts, that hooked him in.
“I wanted to bring new ideas to the farm to catch more business,” he said. “She said she interned for Disney, and … who doesn’t love Disney? We wanted someone like that on the farm.”
Samantha, who is vegan, said she was eager to make the dessert truck compatible with all diets. For Goodness Cakes Co. offers vegan and gluten-free options as well as treats for people on paleo diets.
“I’ve been a vegan for a while now, and you can usually always find something vegan or vegetarian,” Samantha said, “but it’s never fun stuff, and we wanted our desserts to be exciting. … Some of the stuff on the menu is vegan and if you taste it, you probably wouldn’t even know the difference.”
The truck will operate Thursday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., offering cookies, cupcakes, French macarons, dessert baskets, churro bites, jumbo stuffed macarons filled with edible cookie dough and more.
“You can’t find any of this stuff at a standard bakery,” Sydney said. “I wanted to be different because bakeries today are struggling. Grocery stores have kind of taken over, because they can mass-produce things. I didn’t want to follow that norm.”