April 1, 1965
Hi-Lan Bakery, operated by Lawrence Randazzo, (Joel’s father), with brothers Manuel and Anthony and their father, Sam Randazzo, opened in Violet in what had been the family’s Camellia Club restaurant and bar. The old dance hall section became the bakery.
A second location of Hi-Lan Bakery opened at 613 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette. The two locations operated simultaneously for a few years. Randazzo’s name was added to Hi-Lan Bakery.
Joel Randazzo began working as a salesperson at Randazzo’s Hi-Lan Bakery.
Felix Forjet, Jr. began working for Randazzo’s Hi-Lan Bakery while in high school and learned baking techniques from Lawrence Randazzo.
Felix Forjet Jr. and Joel Randazzo were married.
Sam Randazzo Died.
Lawrence Randazzo retired from Randazzo’s Hi-Lan Bakery.
Joel Randazzo Forjet, daughter of Lawrence Randazzo, started her own business, Randazzo’s King Cake Express, which shipped king cakes for Hi-Lan Bakery.
Three of Lawrence Randazzo’s children: Sal Randazzo, Petrina Randazzo and Joel Randazzo Forjet, along with Joel’s husband, Felix, opened Goodchildren Bakery Shoppe in Meraux. Goodchildren Bakery Shoppe was located on East Judge Perez Drive in Violet and was named for the previous name of Judge Perez Drive, Goodchildren Street.
Randazzo’s Hi-Lan Bakery in Chalmette closed, but reopened for 1997 Carnival season. Their doors never reopened after Lundi Gras.
A second location of Randazzo’s Goodchildren Bakery Shoppe opened in Chalmette on Paris Road.
March 3, 1998
Lawrence J. Randazzo died at age 72.
Randazzo’s Goodchildren Bakery Shoppe relocated from Paris Road to West Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette, next door to the former Chalmette location of Hi Lan Bakery.
Randazzo’s Heritage Hall, a reception venue, opened in Chalmette operated by Randazzo’s Goodchildren Bakery Shoppe owners. Lauren Forjet, Felix and Joel’s daughter, enjoyed helping with special events at the reception venue.
Felix Forjet III, Felix and Joel’s son, began working in sales at Randazzo’s Goodchildren Bakery Shoppe.
August 29, 2005
Hurricane Katrina’s flooding destroyed both locations of Randazzo’s Goodchildren Bakery in Violet and Chalmette as well as Randazzo’s Heritage Hall in Chalmette.
Felix and Joel Randazzo Fojet and their family relocated to Covington.
Felix and Joel Randazzo Forjet opened Nonna Randazzo’s Italian Bakery and Caffe as a full-service bakery in Covington. Lauren Forjet began working in sales.
While in high school Lauren Forjet began decorating cakes.
Lauren Forjet attended Nicholl’s State University John Folse’s Culinary Institute and graduated with a degree in Culinary and a minor in Business.
Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery opened a second location in Chalmette, managed by Felix Forjet III and his wife, Kayla, once again giving St. Bernard Parish a full service bakery with the Randazzo name and a baker from the original Hi-Lan bakery.
Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery started operation of permanent baking facility in Mandeville.
Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery opened its third storefront, along with their permanent baking facility, located in Mandeville. Lauren started working full time.
Felix Forjet III began working full time at the Mandeville location.
Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery opened its fourth storefront, with a location in Ponchatoula.
Charles Hobbs Sclafani, husband of Lauren Forjet Sclafani, began working full time as the night manager at Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery.