We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Neaton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Creating beautiful and delicious art for my client’s special occasions! I have long believed that food helps restore us; body, heart and soul. It brings us together in celebrations. It offers us comfort and when shared with friends and loved ones, it brings joy. I strive to provide my community delicious baked goods to add to their celebrations, to their dinner tables, picnics and parties, and to create moments and memories of happiness and pleasure. Being able to be a part of my client’s memorable moments is what makes me happy!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I would describe my art as lively and fun, while being clean, thorough, and well-executed. I pride myself in making tasty cakes that are also eye-appealing. Many clients have told me my cakes are the most delicious that they have ever had, hands down. Often times you will find multiple textures in my cakes, whether is a crunch, or a chewy element. I always try to find that perfect combination of texture and flavor to create the unforgettable bite! Since childhood I have been passionate about food and how it brings happiness into one’s life. As a young girl I eagerly helped my mom in the kitchen with cooking and baking. I started my first bakery position at the age of 15. After taking culinary arts in high school and working at my first job in the field I continued my love for food at the Culinary Institute of America where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Baking and Pastry Management. Upon graduation I worked at several bakeries and restaurants in Connecticut and New York. When I moved to Colorado I continued to gain pastry knowledge while working at a number of bakeries, catering companies and private clubs including Castle Pines Golf Club, Cherry Hills Country Club, and Serendipity Catering. I always had the desire to one day own my own business, and being furloughed from my last job was the nudge I needed to make it a reality. Working in this industry has always been full of challenges. The job has always been physically demanding, with working long hours, weekends, holidays, and evenings being the norm. But what makes it all worth it in the end is the passion I have for bringing joy to others.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In the summer I would definitely take them to US Thai Cafe for a delicious lunch before catching a concert over at Red Rocks! Rocky Mountain National Park is just an hour’s drive away with some beautiful hiking trails. During the winter I would take them out to Winter Park for some great skiing followed by a great margarita at The Ditch, with a finish of the evening over at Ullrs for a live show.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Bold BBQ Catering team! They crank out some of the best BBQ in Denver, and are great people that have the level of integrity you wish the rest of the world had. You are in great hands with this team!