Arlington Eats: Mom's Love of Baking Leads to Biscotti Business
By Office of Communication
Posted on May 18, 2021, May 18, 2021

Like many of us, Jessica Forester Brushaber used her time during the COVID-19 pandemic to brush up on her baking skills. She kept improving, and before long, a business was born.

In the latest Arlington Eats, host Andrew Tanielian takes us inside the Biscotti Babe kitchen.

Forester Brushaber spent the early days of the pandemic watching "The Great British Baking Show." She was inspired to get into the kitchen, and biscotti quickly became a go-to recipe. Baking helped her cope through quarantine and postpartum depression. But it also meant there were a lot of excess treats around the house. While her husband was thrilled at first, eventually he encouraged his wife to share the sweets. Forester Brushaber took them to her son's daycare where they were an instant hit.

Daycare workers encouraged her to try new flavors and offered to pay her by the dozen. After her first client was hooked, a business was born. Forester Brushaber balances the business with being a full-time mom and soldier, actively serving in the U.S. Army for more than a decade now. As word spreads about her delicious treats, the offers are rolling in.

"Every time I talk to another small business owner, they're telling me about a path that they took, or 'maybe we can collaborate on this project!'" Forester Brushaber said. "I think that's probably my favorite part, getting to collaborate with other local businesses."

Biscotti Babe is a vendor at the Downtown Arlington Urban Market. Click here to learn more. 


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