Sarita Ekya, born Sarita Malhotra to Indian immigrants in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, earned her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University in Halifax. She left Canada for the United States in 2001 to pursue a promising engineering career in the biomedical field.
Sarita was working and living in Manchester, New Hampshire when she met and married Caesar. Both Sarita & Caesar heard the big city calling out to them so they decided to take a leap of faith and quit their engineering jobs to explore life in the Big Apple. After a month in New York City, frequenting various niche restaurants in their neighborhood, Sarita came up with an unshakeable idea to create a restaurant dedicated exclusively to macaroni and cheese, and S’MAC (Sarita’s Macaroni & Cheese) was born.
Even in her girlhood, Sarita was an adventurous innovator in the kitchen, coming up with new takes on classic dishes and creating her own recipes. On June 24th, 2006, nine months after the idea was conceived, S’MAC opened its doors, offering 10 variations of macaroni and cheese. Sarita manages the day-to-day operations of the restaurant, as well as its finances, payroll, and vendor relations. She is also continually playing with the menu, creating seasonal specials, and ensuring that whatever a customer’s palate, there’s a mac & cheese to please.
Sarita recently won the Mac n Cheese comfort food competition on Chopped. She and her husband Caesar are co-founders of the East Village Neighbors Fridge. The community fridge is located outside their restaurant in the East Village NYC.