Kathleen King, a Southampton resident and the woman behind the famed Tate’s Cookies brand, will speak at the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons Fall Luncheon on Thursday, September 29 from noon to 3 p.m. at Cowfish Restaurant in Hampton Bays.
Ms. King will speak on “Perseverance: The Journey of Kathleen King.” Born and raised on Southampton’s North Sea Farm, Ms. King started selling chocolate chip cookies at her parents’ farmstead at the age of 11, in order to buy school clothes. Later, at age 20, she opened her own bakery and launched a wholesale business, selling her cookies to specialty and gourmet shops in Manhattan, while putting herself through college. Nearly three decades later, after some bumps on the road which demonstrated her perseverance, Ms. King continues to raise the bar in the baking industry. Her award-winning cookies are baked at a site in East Moriches and are now sold at over 16,000 gourmet retailers throughout the United States and on her robust e-bakery, tatesbakeshop.com. In 2015, Kathleen sold 80-percent of the company but continues to maintain an active role in product development.
Named after her father, Tate King, Tate’s Bake Shop is a widely recognized brand that offers breads, muffins, cakes, pies, seasonal specialties, and of course, multiple flavors of thin, buttery and crispy cookies.
“It’s easy for me to do,” says Kathleen, “because that’s who I am.”
The three-course luncheon takes place at Cowfish Restaurant, 258 East Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays, dockside on the Shinnecock Canal, featuring stunning views of Shinnecock Bay. Reservations are requested by September 20 by sending a check for $60, made out to LWV Hamptons, to Gladys Remler at 180 Melody Court, Eastport, N.Y. 11941. For questions, call Special Events co-chairs Ms. Remler at (631) 288-9021 or Joanne Samborn at (631) 283-9648.