Monday, December 21, 2009

Meet Ashley ... ... ...

Hello All!

I'm the "behind the scenes" kind of girl for Gimme Some Sugar, but figured I would introduce myself since I witness the day to day of Kristen and Miranda and will be contributing to the blog. Kristen and I met when we both were student-athletes at Western Oregon University and ever since then, including hundreds of miles of separation, our friendship continued and our passion for opening up cake studio wouldn't go away. After years of talking, we finally decided to go forth with the business and Kristen introduced me to Miranda and we all three decided to open up the doors to Gimme Some Sugar.

I guess a little about me, although I live a pretty simple life... I'm married to my wonderful husband, Kevin, and we had the pleasure of having our amazing wedding cake done by Gimme Some Sugar! I graduated from Western Oregon with a Business Management degree and worked for the Phoenix Coyotes, NHL team, for the past 3 years in Customer Service and Business Development. I now run the financial/business side of things including my title as "Dishwashing Extraordinaire" for Gimme Some Sugar.

I'm so excited for the future of Gimme Some Sugar and Kristen and Miranda are such talented girls and am still in awe every time I see one of their pieces of art, not to mention that they taste amazing! I love getting to eat their scraps :) They are fun to work with (especially when I'm sitting in the office working and they are in the kitchen making up dances and singing along to music while baking) ... tone deaf and baking do not go together, but glad they are sticking to baking! Sidenote--I hope I don't get in trouble for saying that ... but one day I'm going to catch them on video and post it, so stay tuned! ... but we all have fun and have a passion for what we are doing and I can't wait to watch Gimme Some Sugar grow to be the top Cake Studio in Vegas!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Meet Kristen..

So many people I come across are always so curious as to what brought us to baking and cake design.. so if you didn’t know.. now you do.. here’s a little bit more about the girls at GSS...

Meet Kristen...

I grew up in the small town of Estacada, Oregon. Yes, I was a country girl that grew up riding horses, involved in 4-H and sports year-round... nope, never had any interest in the kitchen unless it was sneaking chocolate chip cookie dough from mom's mixing bowl. After high school I chose to pursue my degree in Elementary Education at Western Oregon University. Three years later, after being completely enamored (maybe obsessed) with baking/pastry arts, I left teaching to follow my newfound passion and enrolled at Western Culinary Institute in Portland, OR. After a year of accelerated courses, I graduated with an associate degree in Patisserie & Baking, and moved here to Las Vegas for my externship at the Venetian. I spent the next three years working at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino as a chocolatier under Jean-Philippe Maury MOF. While there, I was given the opportunity to create a few elaborate chocolate showpieces, which were displayed at the Jean-Philippe Patisserie (in fact, I’m sure some are still there.. just look for sparkles and glitter!

In my spare time I was also decorating cakes for friends and family, and well.. after a few successful attempts at fondant, and countless smiles, oohs and awws.. I really just fell in love with cake design! With each cake continuing to let larger and more intricate... the space available in my home fridge was no longer cutting it. Not only was I needing more space, I was needing more.. period. I wasn't satisfied in a corporate pastry shop, and needed to do what I loved, but with my own style and vision. It became my dream to create a cake studio that brought something new, fun, and yes.. a little sexy here in Las Vegas.

So after months of planning and praying, I did just that.. I teamed up with my Miranda as co-designers, and Ashley as the paper/financing side, Gimme Some Sugar LLC was in business!

Next Blog... Meet Miranda.. and then Ashley!


Kristen & Miranda

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And we're blogging...

Happy Holidays... and welcome to our new blog! That’s right, now you can keep yourselves updated weekly on all that is going on in our little shop here in Las Vegas!

Throughout our blogging you’ll get to know us, and get sneak peaks at our current projects. Plus we’ll throw in a little wedding advice and an update on current trends for our brides! We’ll try our best to keep it updated weekly!


Kristen & Miranda