After 8 years of trying to procure a reliable web designer, I gave up and conceded to jump on the blog bandwagon. Here are my cakes for your viewing enjoyment. Pricing varies depending on cake design, size, and details. Please see my Prices page for more information. This blog is still a work in progress, so pardon me as I stumble along, trying to figure this techie stuff out. I’m an awesome baker, but a lousy code monkey. Any Golden Geek Advice is most welcome and will be richly rewarded with cake and frosting and maybe some booze! =)
I trained at the Institute of Culinary Education, where I graduated with a Culinary Arts Certification. Prior to starting classes, I worked as a stagier (chef’s assistant) at the school for two years. I’ve cooked on the line and dessert stations at NYC restaurants such as Roy’s and Metronome. My talents focused on private parties and events, where I created centerpieces and dessert displays for functions hosted by Playboy, Ann Taylor, Maxim, MTV, & Vh1. I’ve been hired as a private chef for dinner parties and interactive cooking parties, where a meal is demonstrated and then served, or the guests are part of the meal preparations, like private cooking lessons. Children’s cupcake parties have also been a specialty of mine, where I supply the cupcakes, frosting, decorations and supplies, and spend a couple of hours teaching a group of children how to decorate like a pastry chef. While my specialty is in the pastry arts, I have catered small parties in New York, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Chicago and Florida. Agencies and businesses that often use my services include the General Services Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, the Brooklyn Library and the World Bank. I do regular charity bake sales raising money for breast cancer awareness, various children’s charities, and scholarship fundraisers.
Working with one foot in the kitchen and one foot still firmly planted in an office day job is not how I see myself functioning for the rest of my work-life. Starting a business does take money, and without a financial safety net to fall back on, it’s hard to let go of the sure paycheck to venture forth towards self-employment. Queenie Cakes has come leaps and bounds over the last several years, and I’m sure I’ll see my storefront soon. Ideally, a bakery is just the start. I’d prefer to open a place where people can come learn the craft of creating with food. Classes for adults and children has always been my passion above and beyond the cake creations. Anyone can create something with their own two hands. My pleasure comes from teaching others that they have the ability to do the same if the desire is there. With a little more work, I’ll have my place soon! 😉 I’ll get there one well-baked cookie at a time!
I hope that covered all the bases. Like I said, I’m doing my best with this clumsy little blog-site. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me. Unless I’m out on a gig, I respond fairly quickly.
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