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Hello from the Ozarks!

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I am brand new to Cheftalk, although I have gotten great information from browsing forum topics for a while now. Things in my business life are heating up a bit so I am looking forward to communicating with others to gain some knowledge where I am weak and of course share what I've learned.

I am a 37 year old mom of 3. I attended Diablo Valley College Baking and Pastry Arts Program in the Bay Area of California. I had to stop midway through my program due to my first pregnancy.

Over the last 10 years I have built my practical culinary and pastry knowledge by doing many wedding / occasion cakes and catering small jobs when I can. Our family moved from California to Northwest Arkansas three years ago and unfortunately there is no local culinary program here or anywhere nearby. I am a voracious reader and researcher, though, and am always practicing techniques at home. I try to keep up to date with industry trends and strive to provide creative, high end catering menus that are cutting edge for the area I live in.

Most recently I have been providing a dessert buffet for 300 for a yearly local fundraiser and requests for catering are building to a point that I am considering commercial kitchen space if I want to continue catering. On this point I am majorly conflicted, though! My dream, really, is to own and operate a patisserie here in the Mid-South but I'm unsure about the timing in this economy.

Looking forward to sharing ideas and information!

Tammy V.
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Thanks for the introduction, TammyV. We're glad you found us, and we hope you'll feel the same way about Chef Talk. Since you've been lurking here for a while, you know we have many skilled and veteran pastry people here with whom you can interact. This site is a wonderful resource!

Do take time to browse the other forums, but also the blogs, photos, articles and much more that's here. There is a decade of great information here, with more being added daily.

Good luck with your expanding business.
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