NellieJsCafe

Southern & Italian Comfort Food and Gourmet Gifts!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | 56 Sales

NellieJsCafe

Southern & Italian Comfort Food and Gourmet Gifts!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 56 Sales On Etsy since 2017

4.5 out of 5 stars
(13)

Announcement   ✔️ 12/15 IS THE LAST DAY - DON’T DELAY – GET YOUR CHRISTMAS / HOLIDAY PRE-ORDERS IN TODAY!
*Specify desired arrival date in note field upon checkout.
*Or message us BEFORE placing your PICKUP order in Pittsburgh for ordering and pickup instructions.

Welcome to our sweet & savory comfort food shop!

🎉 Stay tuned for our exciting new line of fresh *VENETIAN* (Veneto region of Italy) specialties— authentic cicchetti, risotto blends, handmade pastas and pastries (rainbow cookies, buranelli, baicoli, zaeti, pan dei dogi, pandoro, chocolate-olive oil cake, etc.) and more!

🔁 PROCESSING TIME & SHIPPING DETAILS

NOTE FROM TARA (OUR TALENTED COOK):
"I typically don’t rush items to customers. It’s a policy of mine to make everything fresh by hand and jar my sauces the night before shipping. That way, you’re not getting an aging product; I prefer to make everything fresh and ship it right then. This also takes into consideration my going to the market and hand-picking fresh produce myself. It’s a labor of love." ❤️

🚘 FOR PICKUP ORDERS
Pickup location is in Pittsburgh (South Hills), PA

🕘 ORDER PROCESSING TIME
- Savory items are PROCESSED in 1-3 *BUSINESS* days
- Desserts and pastries are PROCESSED in 3-5 of our bakery *BUSINESS* days (MON.-THURS., excluding Federal holidays)

🎂 To ensure maximum freshness, desserts and pastries are only SHIPPED MON.-THURS. (*EXCLUDING FEDERAL HOLIDAYS*)

📦 SHIPPING METHOD
- Shipping is via USPS Priority Mail, two-day shipping
- Shipped from Pittsburgh, PA

🛒 Pittsburgh PICKUP Orders
Please message us BEFORE placing your order for ordering and pickup instructions. Unless otherwise indicated (as with our jambalaya, mac and cheese, meatballs and fresh fruit tartlets, which are already priced for pickup-only), pickup orders are discounted by at least 20%.

🚫 NO WEEKEND SHIPPING
As other Etsy sellers state, since our products are perishable, it is our policy to not ship on weekends. *Desserts and pastries are only shipped on Mon.-Thurs., excluding Federal holidays.

🔀 SHIPPING CHARGES VARY
Most of our items include free shipping. Overnight shipping prices are estimates only and will be adjusted and credited to your account if less than indicated.
Total amount of shipping depends on day shipped and final weight of package upon shipping.

⚠️ DELICATE ITEMS require *approximately $85 OVERNIGHT SHIPPING*
(our standard PROCESSING TIME still applies; once shipped, you will receive your package the next day) or PICKUP Only in Pittsburgh:

- JAMBALAYA, baked and frozen MEATBALLS and frozen MAC & CHEESE may only be shipped overnight or picked up in Pittsburgh frozen or fresh and hot.

- FRESH FRUIT TARTLETS are Pittsburgh pickup only.

🆘 DAMAGED PACKAGES
We take extra measures to ensure our items are packaged properly to withstand shipping. Although these instances are rare, we understand that rough transit handling and postal/shipping delays do occasionally occur due to new delivery personnel, weather, etc. Please contact us immediately if your package is delivered damaged.

🎉 NEWS!

We are consistently honored to teach our style of cooking and baking to attendees at Williams-Sonoma® in Mt. Lebanon, PA in the Pittsburgh area. Additionally, my daughter and I are pleased to be their featured local artisan vendors!

2017

- Artisans Market™ appearance on Aug. 15th from 12-4pm (Tara’s Baked Mac and Cheese & Creole Meatballs and Stacey’s Sugar-Free Pastries)
- Artisans Market™ appearance on Sept. 2nd from 12-4pm (Tara’s Chips & Southern Salsas & Saucy Skewers and Stacey’s Sugar-Free Cookies & Hand Pies)
- Tara's "Creole Jambalaya" Cooking Class on Oct. 15th from 12-4pm
- Artisans Market™ appearance on Nov. 4th from 12-4pm (Tara’s Chips & Southern Salsas & Shrimp Creole and Stacey’s Sugar-Free Petits-Fours, Cake Truffles, Cookies & Hand Pies)
- The Diabetic Pastry Chef™ all-natural, sugar-free Pumpkin Pie & Sweet Potato Pie Baking Demo on Nov. 12th from 12-2pm

2018

- Artisans Market™ appearance on Jan. 6th from 12-4pm (Tara’s Chips & Southern Salsas and Stacey’s Sugar-Free Petits-Fours, Cake Truffles, Cookies & Hand Pies)
- Tara's "Lenten Dinner Ideas" Cooking Class on March 2nd at 6:30pm
- Tara's Air-Fryer Cooking Demo on April 7th from 12pm-2pm
- Artisans Market™ appearance on Aug. 4th from 12-4pm (Tara’s New Sauces and Stacey’s Sugar-Free Cookies)
- Tara's "Discovering Roots" Portuguese Cooking Class on August 24th at 6:30pm
- South Park Community Day event in Pittsburgh on Sat., Sept. 15th from 12pm-dusk. Visit our savory and sweet food tables! www.SouthParkTwp.com for details.

Stop by and see us if you're in the area!

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 12, 2018

✔️ 12/15 IS THE LAST DAY - DON’T DELAY – GET YOUR CHRISTMAS / HOLIDAY PRE-ORDERS IN TODAY!
*Specify desired arrival date in note field upon checkout.
*Or message us BEFORE placing your PICKUP order in Pittsburgh for ordering and pickup instructions.

Welcome to our sweet & savory comfort food shop!

🎉 Stay tuned for our exciting new line of fresh *VENETIAN* (Veneto region of Italy) specialties— authentic cicchetti, risotto blends, handmade pastas and pastries (rainbow cookies, buranelli, baicoli, zaeti, pan dei dogi, pandoro, chocolate-olive oil cake, etc.) and more!

🔁 PROCESSING TIME & SHIPPING DETAILS

NOTE FROM TARA (OUR TALENTED COOK):
"I typically don’t rush items to customers. It’s a policy of mine to make everything fresh by hand and jar my sauces the night before shipping. That way, you’re not getting an aging product; I prefer to make everything fresh and ship it right then. This also takes into consideration my going to the market and hand-picking fresh produce myself. It’s a labor of love." ❤️

🚘 FOR PICKUP ORDERS
Pickup location is in Pittsburgh (South Hills), PA

🕘 ORDER PROCESSING TIME
- Savory items are PROCESSED in 1-3 *BUSINESS* days
- Desserts and pastries are PROCESSED in 3-5 of our bakery *BUSINESS* days (MON.-THURS., excluding Federal holidays)

🎂 To ensure maximum freshness, desserts and pastries are only SHIPPED MON.-THURS. (*EXCLUDING FEDERAL HOLIDAYS*)

📦 SHIPPING METHOD
- Shipping is via USPS Priority Mail, two-day shipping
- Shipped from Pittsburgh, PA

🛒 Pittsburgh PICKUP Orders
Please message us BEFORE placing your order for ordering and pickup instructions. Unless otherwise indicated (as with our jambalaya, mac and cheese, meatballs and fresh fruit tartlets, which are already priced for pickup-only), pickup orders are discounted by at least 20%.

🚫 NO WEEKEND SHIPPING
As other Etsy sellers state, since our products are perishable, it is our policy to not ship on weekends. *Desserts and pastries are only shipped on Mon.-Thurs., excluding Federal holidays.

🔀 SHIPPING CHARGES VARY
Most of our items include free shipping. Overnight shipping prices are estimates only and will be adjusted and credited to your account if less than indicated.
Total amount of shipping depends on day shipped and final weight of package upon shipping.

⚠️ DELICATE ITEMS require *approximately $85 OVERNIGHT SHIPPING*
(our standard PROCESSING TIME still applies; once shipped, you will receive your package the next day) or PICKUP Only in Pittsburgh:

- JAMBALAYA, baked and frozen MEATBALLS and frozen MAC & CHEESE may only be shipped overnight or picked up in Pittsburgh frozen or fresh and hot.

- FRESH FRUIT TARTLETS are Pittsburgh pickup only.

🆘 DAMAGED PACKAGES
We take extra measures to ensure our items are packaged properly to withstand shipping. Although these instances are rare, we understand that rough transit handling and postal/shipping delays do occasionally occur due to new delivery personnel, weather, etc. Please contact us immediately if your package is delivered damaged.

🎉 NEWS!

We are consistently honored to teach our style of cooking and baking to attendees at Williams-Sonoma® in Mt. Lebanon, PA in the Pittsburgh area. Additionally, my daughter and I are pleased to be their featured local artisan vendors!

2017

- Artisans Market™ appearance on Aug. 15th from 12-4pm (Tara’s Baked Mac and Cheese & Creole Meatballs and Stacey’s Sugar-Free Pastries)
- Artisans Market™ appearance on Sept. 2nd from 12-4pm (Tara’s Chips & Southern Salsas & Saucy Skewers and Stacey’s Sugar-Free Cookies & Hand Pies)
- Tara's "Creole Jambalaya" Cooking Class on Oct. 15th from 12-4pm
- Artisans Market™ appearance on Nov. 4th from 12-4pm (Tara’s Chips & Southern Salsas & Shrimp Creole and Stacey’s Sugar-Free Petits-Fours, Cake Truffles, Cookies & Hand Pies)
- The Diabetic Pastry Chef™ all-natural, sugar-free Pumpkin Pie & Sweet Potato Pie Baking Demo on Nov. 12th from 12-2pm

2018

- Artisans Market™ appearance on Jan. 6th from 12-4pm (Tara’s Chips & Southern Salsas and Stacey’s Sugar-Free Petits-Fours, Cake Truffles, Cookies & Hand Pies)
- Tara's "Lenten Dinner Ideas" Cooking Class on March 2nd at 6:30pm
- Tara's Air-Fryer Cooking Demo on April 7th from 12pm-2pm
- Artisans Market™ appearance on Aug. 4th from 12-4pm (Tara’s New Sauces and Stacey’s Sugar-Free Cookies)
- Tara's "Discovering Roots" Portuguese Cooking Class on August 24th at 6:30pm
- South Park Community Day event in Pittsburgh on Sat., Sept. 15th from 12pm-dusk. Visit our savory and sweet food tables! www.SouthParkTwp.com for details.

Stop by and see us if you're in the area!

Stacey Harris

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Updates

Our Mac & Cheese Seasoning tastes wonderful in virtually any creamy pasta dish!
We’re four generations of passionate cooks and bakers. Try our coffee cake muffins—inspired by our Grandma Nellie!
Tara’s hosting an air-fryer demo at Williams-Sonoma® in The Galleria in Mt. Lebanon, PA on Sat., April 7th from 12-2pm, featuring our fabulous poultry seasoning!
You won’t want to miss this. See you there!
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About

Handmade Treats in the Good Taste of our Beloved Matriarch, Nellie J., and our Lively Lineage

'HER'STORY

Nellie J's Café™ is inspired by our grandmother and great-grandmother, Nellie J. ("J" is for Jackson.) An outstanding and versatile home cook and baker, Nellie made everything from scratch with great love and care.

Her time-honored recipes and zeal for the culinary arts were passed down to her daughter on down to her great-grandchildren. By her example, Nellie demonstrated the beauty of respecting our family's Southern heritage while also diversifying our palates.

TARA'S STORY

I'm the family historian; genealogy is my favorite pastime. My American roots span the Southern states, as do my culinary interests. Regional American cuisines have always fascinated me! From artisanal Virginia country hams to Carolina BBQ to the spicy gumbos and étouffées of Louisiana and beyond, Southern cuisine is what I know and adore.

In addition to my prior role as a Corporate Caterer for La Prima Food Group in Virginia, I've resided in the Lazio region of Italy, where I refined my epicurean signature. As with America—I’m an enthusiast and researcher of regional Italian cuisines.

My collective Italian ancestry extends from the Veneto and Piedmont regions of Italy to Sicily and Sardinia—from the Visconti and Del Vasto families to Tancred of Lecce, King of Sicily, and Comita II Lacon-Gunale, Judge of Torres. My ancestors, Albiano Lupo and Elizabeth Bassano, arrived in America with the second wave of settlers in 1610 and 1616 in Virginia, predating the Pilgrims by up to a decade, with additional ancestors arriving from Italy and England similarly and through Ellis Island.

Via royal viol musician, Mark Anthony Galliardello, and Renaissance artists, Jacopo Bassano, Giambattista da Ponte Bassano and others, I am descended from a family of Venetian musicians and fine artists revered throughout Bassano del Grappa, Venice, Italy and the world. My 12th great-grandfather, Mark Anthony, as well as six Bassano brothers were commissioned to England by King Henry VIII in 1540 to enhance the arts in the English Court. Since Tudor times, my patriarchs—the Galliardellos and the Bassanos—have been integral in flourishing royal artistic life.

As my forebears were ardent in sharing their gifts with society, I am continuing this familial tradition. Although I am neither a ruler nor a painter nor a musician, I'm a passionate artisan in the kitchen!

MOM'S STORY

The mother half of our duo, Stacey, is also known as "The Diabetic Pastry Chef," a published cookbook author and avid baker. For Stacey's full bio and amazing sugar-free pastries and confections, visit her Etsy bakery: DiabeticPastryChef.etsy.com

OUR STORY

While we are of African & European descent, our immediate family's American cultural roots are proudly Southern. We strive daily to preserve and celebrate our heritage by preparing soul food just as good as we recall, but a bit healthier.

Tara is the enthusiastic cook in the family, crafting memorable feasts for “two-to-a-crew” since adolescence. All savory items at Nellie J's Café™ are prepared by her. Stacey is the primary pastry chef / baker. (Although the cornbread, pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie here are Tara's specialties!)

MISSION
To handcraft amazing comfort cuisine and create grand memories around your table! We accomplish this by maintaining, and even surpassing, the original taste of our family’s heirloom recipes while utilizing the freshest of ingredients and the ease of technology.

INGREDIENTS
Soul food is comforting, yet wonderfully versatile; we enrich ours by making simple and tasteful modifications to classic recipes. We offer a range of healthier options for you to choose from — so you can customize the salt, fat and sugar content in your selections! Remaining focused on obtaining not only the best ingredients, but those that yield the best result, we source local as well as imported ingredients. Yet it's more than tradition, training and skill, fine ingredients and great recipes; the love, attention, care, quality and pride we put into everything we do comprise what our customers actually taste, and this culinary signature cannot be duplicated.

Shop members

  • Tara

    Recipe Developer, Cook, Marketer

    Tara has prior culinary experience as a Corporate Caterer at La Prima Food Group, where she provided corporate & event catering in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. Tara refined her epicurean signature during her residence and travel in Lazio, Italy.

  • Stacey

    Owner, Pastry Chef / Baker

    As featured in Diabetic Living® magazine, Stacey is known as The Diabetic Pastry Chef™, a talented pastry chef and cookbook author. She's the Owner and primary Baker at this Etsy shop. Visit her sugar-free Etsy bakery: DiabeticPastryChef.etsy.com

Shop policies

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Last updated on Oct 6, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

We offer a range of options for you to choose from when ordering—so you can customize the salt, fat and sugar content in your purchases!

🔁 PROCESSING TIME & SHIPPING DETAILS

We typically don’t rush items to customers. Per Tara: "It’s a policy of mine to make everything fresh by hand and jar my sauces the night before shipping. That way, you’re not getting an aging product; I prefer to make everything fresh and ship it right then. This also takes into consideration my going to the market and hand-picking fresh produce myself. It’s a labor of love."

🕘 ORDER PROCESSING TIME
- Savory items are PROCESSED in 1-3 *BUSINESS* days
- Desserts and pastries are PROCESSED in 3-5 *BUSINESS* days

🎂 To ensure maximum freshness, desserts and pastries only SHIPPED MON.-THURS. (EXCL. FED HOLIDAYS) No weekend shipping!

📦 SHIPPING METHOD
- Shipping is via USPS Priority Mail, two-day shipping
- Shipped from Pittsburgh, PA

For SUGAR-FREE Baked Goods...

Visit Stacey’s popular Etsy shop, The Diabetic Pastry Chef™, for all-natural handmade sugar-free & reduced-sugar desserts & pastries!

DiabeticPastryChef.etsy.com

QUESTIONS or CONCERNS about your order?

Please contact us IMMEDIATELY to inquire or communicate any issues with your order. Your enjoyment is our priority!