MK recently graduated from MATC's Baking and Pastry Arts Program in 2019. She started working at Harbor House as a hostess and within a few months accepted a position in the kitchen as a Pastry Cook where she enjoys the opportunity to create dessert specials. MK was awarded Employee of the Year by Harbor House just a few weeks ago.
As a student, MK joined WBA to meet other people in the industry and had a great time volunteering at last year's Paczki Party. She's excited about leading a hands-on demo on plating desserts in the Pastry Studio at the Midwest Foodservice Expo in March. "There's endless opportunities to keep learning, growing, and connecting with other people in the industry and that's what I love about WBA and the baking community. Everyone is so supportive."
Admittedly a pretty competitive person but in a nice way, MK really enjoys entering competitions. She's competed in MATC's annual Gingerbread House Competition several times and has also entered the cake competitions at the Midwest Foodservice Expo as well as the Grocer's Innovation Expo. Her most memorable and favorite entry was a 3-D Frankenstein head cake she entered at the Grocer's show in Green Bay and took first place. Frankenstein has been MK's favorite novel since she read it in high school.
Her advice for anyone just getting started in baking, "Say Yes." MK contributes her success to luck, her supportive family, and always saying yes to opportunities that come her way. When she was commissioned by North Shore Boulangerie to create a gingerbread village to display in the bakery, she said yes. The featured article on OnMilwaukee.com that resulted from creating the display is one of her proudest achievements.
When she's not baking, MK enjoys spending time with her family and friends and her boyfriend, Kyle. She loves playing ultimate frisbee and is looking forward to traveling this summer to Europe.
- Dream Job - Cake Decorator for a company or Restaurant Group
- Favorite thing to bake - Cinnamon Rolls with icing and a little orange zest!
- Most Irresistible Dessert - Anything with Peanut Butter and Chocolate!
- Biggest Accomplishment - Being Awarded Employee of the Year tied with being featured in an OnMilwaukee.com article
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We field many questions from our members but I'll be the first to admit, I don't have all the answers! Fortunately, being a WBA member connects you to hundreds of years of shared industry experience! Each month, we'll share a recent question from a member and the answers that were provided!
Q: Hey everyone! I have a question about sprinkles. We are looking for FDA approved sparkly type luster dusts and unique looking sprinkles. Do you know of any leads I should be looking into?
A: We received many great suggestions from our members! Here are their responses:
"Pfeil & Holing has luster dust available... https://www.cakedeco.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/st_main.html... ... good prices, fast shipping"
"Fancysprinkles.com has some gorgeous sprinkles and sprinkles mixes- but they are a bit more costly than other options! Is there anything in particular you are looking for sprinkle wise? They also sell edible FDA approved luster and prism dust!"
"This is FDA approved dust. I’ve used it with great results https://www.artfullydesignedcreations.com/.../flash-dust/"
"TheSugarArt.com has great shimmer and edible gold dusts."
"Cook Speciality Company Inc Wholesale carries the FDA Approved Flash Dust from Never Forgotten Designs, along with FDA Petal and lusters. We also just brought in over 65 types of new sprinkles including metallic nonpareils and jimmies."
"Layer Cake Shop - This place is awesome!"
Have a question? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll ask WBA members to provide answers and share the information in a future issue!
Paczki Party - The Paczki Party Returns to the Polish Center of Wisconsin on February 9th, 2020! You're invited to join us to taste some of the best paczki from our member bakeries as we celebrate our favorite Fat Tuesday treat at our Paczki Party! Tickets include our Paczki Passport which gets you samples from each of the participating paczki vendors! Turn in your passport at the end of the sampling session for your chance to win a dozen paczki by voting for your favorite paczki!
Participating bakeries include: Le Reve Patisserie & Cafe, Cranky Al's, Grebe's Bakery, and Elsie Mae's Canning & Pies. All attendees will also receive mardi gras beads and a swag bag that includes a ticket to Polish Fest! There will be live polka music and special guest appearances by Little Miss Polish Fest!
Tickets are on sale now at https://www.universe.com/paczkiparty
Sign up for WBA's Baking & Cake Decorating Competitions at the 2020 Midwest Foodservice Expo
Registration is open for this year's Baking & Cake Decorating Competitions at the Midwest Foodservice Expo! Students, Beginners, and Advanced Professionals are invited to compete in the Extreme Wedding Cake Challenge, Creative Cake Decorating Competition, Best of the Midwest Pie Contest, Extreme Birthday Cake Challenge, Decorated Cut-Out Cookie Contest, and Wisconsin's Top Cupcake! Advanced Professionals are also invited to compete in Wisconsin’s Ultimate Donut Duel, the Baker's Best Kringle Contest, and NEW IN 2020: Wisconsin's Finest Chocolate Chip Cookie and Le Croissant Challenge! For rules and information, please visit: https://wibakers.com/competitions
Shane Griesbach from Breadsmith of Appleton participated in the Sexual Assault Crisis Center-Fox Cities Shall We Dance competition and won Judges’ Choice Male!
Shane Griesbach with dance partner Pamela Cribbs
Tony & Amanda Nieto from Neat-O's Bake Shoppe recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary!
Sweet New Additions
Joey & Kristen Carioti from Cranky Al's welcomed a new baby girl, Bernadette Jo.
Luke & Rachel Searl from Shully's welcomed a new baby girl, Lucy.
Emilie Hujet from Fox Valley Technical College welcomed a new baby girl, Lucy.
Nathan & Janelle Vande Walle from Uncle Mike's Bake Shoppe welcomed a new baby boy, Lincoln.
Special congrats to our friends at the Upper Midwest Bakery Association (UMBA) celebrating 100 years in 2020!
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