About Us

What is Ovenly?

So glad you asked.

Ovenly is an award-winning retail and wholesale bakery based in New York City.

As a bakery, we specialize in that magic intersection between savory & sweet.

As a business, we believe in equal parts joy & disruption.

What is Ovenly?

Diverse by design.

Ovenly is made up of people from all walks of life.

Our team is made up of talented people with diverse skills and backgrounds. We are suburbanites, city folk, LGBTQ and the allied, James Beard award winners, formerly incarcerated, PhDs, parents, roller derby champions, improv actors, and immigrants. Our staff is as unique as the communities we serve because we believe our differences make us stronger. The more flavors the better.

Proudly Founded &
Led by Women

Founders Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin see Ovenly as an opportunity to change business for the better, while satisfying your sweet tooth. It’s win win win win, and win again situation.

Agatha Kulaga, Photo by: Erica Schroeder

Agatha Kulaga
CEO & Co-Founder
"The Salt Tooth"

Agatha Kulaga is the CEO & Co-founder of Ovenly. A lifelong baker
turned entrepreneur, with a background in social work research and advocacy, she firmly believes in the power of business for social
change. She continues to build a bakery empire while focusing on scaling progressive business practices and leading the company's retail and wholesale growth and expansion. It’s no surprise she’s been recognized as one of New York’s most “badass” leaders in food by Zagat and as one of the Cherry Bombe 100. You can find her in Food & Wine, New York Magazine, Food 52, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Vogue, to name a few. She also co-authored Ovenly: Sweet & Salty Recipes from New York’s Most Creative Bakery. 

Kulaga is an avid speaker for ethical entrepreneurship, mentor,
consultant, and advisory member for Women in Hospitality United and The
Center for Employment Opportunities. 

Her favorite color is butter yellow and her favorite treat is the Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie.


Sweet & Savory

Erin Patinkin, CEO

Erin Patinkin
Advisor & Co-Founder
"The Sweet Tooth"

With a background in social justice and nonprofit leadership, it’s no
surprise that Erin turned her passion for food and community building to
leading a progressive business. Erin believes that the demystification of
entrepreneurship is essential to building a diverse economy, and so she works to educate others about the realities of business through her
writing (Vice, Lucky Peach, Cherry Bombe, Ovenly), through her podcast Start to Sale (which she executive produces and co-hosts with Natasha Case of Coolhaus) on Vox,
through consulting, and by teaching and speaking at events nationally.
Since she launched her first business over decade ago, Erin has become a
leading voice of ethical entrepreneurship, dedicating her work to
“radical responsibility” and to the creation of a more empathetic
economy that works for everyone. She has appeared in print and TV
internationally (New York Times, Inc, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Eater, Good Morning America, et cetera), has been named one of the most “badass women in food” by Zagat, as a “world changing woman” by Conscious Company magazine, and as one of the Cherry Bombe 100.

Her favorite color is chocolate, but her favorite treat is the Salted Peanut Butter Cookie.


Founded and led by women.
Focused on the future