I grew up around food. My family owned and operated a family resort in Northern Michigan. We served breakfast and dinner to 80-90 guests every day all summer long. Before I was tall enough to see over the countertops, I was wearing an apron and wielding a rolling pin.
After years of living in a busy kitchen amongst clashing dishes, busy waitresses, and glorious food, I went off to Indiana University’s business school in hopes of one day coming back to run the family business, or at least one like it. Because my family chose to sell the resort, I chose a corporate finance job in Chicago. While I quickly discovered that the office life was not for me, those years in college and then in Chicago did not go to waste: I met my best friend, and future husband, Michael.
I also finished up a culinary degree at Kendall College of Chicago. After exploring the food world via culinary school and then starting a food blog, I began to realize my passion for
food and baking. Friends and family started requesting my expertise in menu development and I started doing desserts and dessert displays for weddings and special events. During that same time, my husband landed a job in my hometown and I was pregnant with our first child.
It’s unbelievable to me that I’ve moved back to my hometown. I spend my days taking care of two energetic, eager, beautiful girls and make a bit of pocket money blogging and designing dessert displays for special events. Those years of rolling out pie dough and working in the pastry kitchen are finally put to good use.