Nellie J’s Café

  • Comfort Food – Corporate Catering – Wedding & Event Catering
  • Pittsburgh, PA


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

OUR STORY ~ Stacey & Tara
Our family's roots are Southern; we strive daily to preserve and celebrate our heritage by preparing soul food just as good as we recall, but a bit healthier.
The mother half of our duo, Stacey, is also known as The Diabetic Pastry Chef™,
a published cookbook author and avid baker. Her beloved daughter, Tara, is the enthusiastic cook in the family, crafting memorable feasts for “two-to-a-crew” since adolescence.

We offer a lot of our pastries, candies, sauces, seasonings and specialty foods
via our website and Etsy with NATIONWIDE SHIPPING! We specialize in all-natural baking—including (but not limited to!) SUGAR-FREE—so be sure to explore all of our online shops to please your dietary needs! *See links in footer.

Visit our Contact page to inquire about local catering in the Pittsburgh, PA area.

*PICKUP Only - Our location is in Pittsburgh (Carnegie) - NO LOCAL DELIVERY.
*NATIONWIDE SHIPPING is available for many items via our shops online.
*We offer NO services and NO staff and provide NO equipment -- only preparation of amazing food and beverages for your pickup (or our shipping) and enjoyment!

We can provide you with our standard menus or lend our creativity toward helping you plan a stellar menu! We offer party pans of various sizes as well as (non-alcoholic) beverages in single and crowd sizes.

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 customization 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.

We pay careful attention to avoiding use of food allergens, when specified. However, considering we are a bakery-café, our products contain or may come into contact with common allergens—including wheat, peanuts, soy, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish and shellfish. Although we cannot guarantee that our menu items are allergen-free (we use shared equipment and handle common allergens throughout our supply chain and facility), we strive to make this information available when possible. Please let us know your dietary needs, restrictions and preferences.

We require at least a 24-72 hour notice for most catering orders. Please consider timeliness when placing your order, especially for large volume orders, allowing ample time for us to prepare your food. The sooner you let us know your needs, the more opportunity we have to carefully craft your menu, obtain the best ingredients and put the finishing panache on our creations!

We accept payment preferably via PayPal, with a 50% deposit required upon placing your order and the remainder due upon pickup. We first provide you with a catering agreement for your signature, which outlines your exact order and total cost.

We’re pleased to again be featured artisan vendors at Williams-Sonoma®
in Mt. Lebanon, PA at The Galleria: Jan. 6, 2018 from 12-4pm. Come out and see us!

Catch us on The Lynne Hayes-Freeland Show on CBS affiliates WPCW & KDKA in Pittsburgh on Sat. & Sun., Dec. 23rd and Christmas Eve, at 7:30am & 6:00am respectively!

To invite you to savor our family’s comfort cuisine and create grand memories around your table! We accomplish this by maintaining, and even surpassing, the original taste of our heirloom recipes while utilizing the freshest of ingredients and ease of technology to get comfort food to your door.

Welcome to our family's table!

Stacey & Tara


Corporate Caterer at La Prima Catering

Crystal City, VA

Corporate and event catering for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Serving Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.


B.A., Humanities, English & Communication at University of Pittsburgh (Pitt)

Pittsburgh, PA

Harvard ManageMentor® certificates at Harvard Business School


Presentation Skills • Feedback Essentials • Coaching • Time Management • Innovation & Creativity • Innovation Implementation • Team Leadership

ServSafe® Food Protection Manager certificate at National Restaurant Association



Winning Recipe, Maine Lobster Promotion Council (MLPC)

Herbed Bread Pudding with Maine Lobster & Cassava


Williams-Sonoma® Cooking Demo Air-Fryer Demo

The Galleria Mt. Lebanon, PA

Learn Tara’s healthy air-fried chicken techniques! You won’t want to miss her kitchen magic.
Date & Time: Sat., April 7, 2018 at 12pm

The Lynne Hayes-Freeland Show Television

CBS affiliates WPCW & KDKA Pittsburgh, PA

Catch us on The Lynne Hayes-Freeland Show on Sat. & Sun., Dec. 23rd and Christmas Eve, at 7:30am & 6:00am respectively!

Williams-Sonoma® Cooking Class Series Lenten Meal Ideas!

The Galleria Mt. Lebanon, PA

We’re pleased to again be featured at Williams-Sonoma® in Mt. Lebanon, PA at The Galleria. Come out and see us!
Date & Time: Fri., March 2, 2018 at 6:30pm


Sugar-Free Desserts & PastriesGluten-Free CookiesFood StylingHandmade Cereals, Jams & ChocolatesHealthy Handmade Flours & Baking MixesCreative Handcrafted CardsGift BasketsBaking DemonstrationsNationwide Shipping


CookingBakingParty PlanningEvent OrganizingRecipe DevelopmentBilingual (English & Italian)