STACIE VAN REES - PASTRY CHEF, MOTHER, BLOGGER, DUTCH GIRL
I spent my childhood baking copious batches of chocolate chip cookies from the back of the Toll House bag, eventually graduating to the simple wedding cakes in the back of the June issues of Bon Appetite Magazine. It never really occurred to me that I could have a career as a baker, so I went off to college and got a degree in English, but my real interest has always been anything food related. Right after graduating, a chance meeting between my mom and the chef of a new private club opening in Sacramento, led to on-the-job training in a professional kitchen.
I’ve been lucky enough to have great mentors throughout my 25-year career in the food industry and done all sorts of jobs from pantry/grill cook, baking/cooking instructor, recipe development and baker/wedding cake maker. Working for myself has been a lifelong dream and I’m very happy to be a licensed cottage food bakery here in Placer County with plans to open a brick-and-mortar bakery café soon.
My baked goods are made with the highest quality ingredients, attention to detail, and love – and I think you can taste this in every bite! There is nothing more gratifying to me than seeing someone enjoy something I’ve made from scratch. Whether it’s the customized look of a cake created especially for a client or the first sweet bite of a buttery chocolate chip cookie, sharing my love of food is the passion that drives me. I feel very lucky to be a small part of, not only the grand occasions, but also the everyday moments in life that we celebrate with family, friends and good food.