Nicole Gillota-Brichacek, this year’s Harlequinade Award Winner is creator, chef, and proprietress of Gypsy Beans & Baking Co., a traditionally-styled European coffee house and bistro that has caffeinated and satisfied cravings in Gordon Square since 2007. With degrees in culinary arts and hotel restaurant management from Hocking College, Nicole’s vision is to bring to life her creations, mixed with the recipes and love of her grandmothers and family, and create a welcoming space that nurtures people and the community.
TCT Artistic Director Katelyn Merold sums up Gillota-Birchacek’s impact this way: “It has always been so comforting knowing Nicole is part of the TCT family. One of my favorite things about having a home in Gordon Square is the sense of community our neighborhood offers and I truly feel that the safe place Nicole has created within Gypsy Beans is an integral part of the community heartbeat. She's a friend to us all.”