Links

Unless otherwise stated, most of the businesses listed here will be located in Virginia

Blogs

Many of these bloggers I know personally and I highly recommend checking them out. I try to keep this list updated as much as possible. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ if you can!

Podcasts

Alphabet Soup Podcast with Kelly Vass and Autumn Giles – These two ladies are food lovers and make you want to love food as much as they do. They have regular segments like “Recipe for Disaster” where they try to guess a recipe from its ingredients likened to “Name that Tune”. Autumn’s “Cocktail Memoirs” is a great segment to get you to create and try new cocktails at home with accessible ingredients.

Killer Food and The Food Craftsmen Project with Ryan K Parker – Ryan interviews amazing people whose lives revolve around food including home cooks, professional chefs, and business people who took their passion to the next level.

The Splendid Table with Lynne Rossetto Kasper – If you’re a lover of food you need to listen to this podcast. Lynne interviews chefs, bakers, authors, bloggers, travelers, restauranteurs, celebrities, wine lovers, and so much more during her show and you learn so much. You can read up on old episodes on the site and even listen to old shows. Live shows are aired on Saturdays.

TED Talks – Speakers of all backgrounds come to share their wisdom on this podcast. I particularly love the science and technology speakers. Keep an open mind and you may look at your life and the world in a clearer way. Be sure to get the video podcast since the speakers tend to use powerful visuals.

Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me – This NPR show is a lot of fun. It takes news topics and turns them into a quasi-game show with celebrities and comedians. Always a ton of laughs.

Helpful Youtube Videos

Ghirardelli explains how to temper chocolate
Chef Armstrong from Johnson & Wales University explains how to temper chocolate
Ciril Hitz demonstrates bread techniques!

Cake Decorators and Bakers

Alabama

Sweet Williams Cookies

Maryland

Way Beyond Cakes by Mayen

Pennsylvania

Katie Cakes Cakery
Cakes by Keri

Texas

Pastries by Elise

Virginia

Amphora Bakery (Herndon)
Bellington Farm (Farmville)
Bijou’s Sweet Treats (Luray) – Cookies and Cakes!
Cakes by Megan (Northern Virginia)
Confections Cupcakery (Woodbridge)
Cravings Cupcakery (Woodbridge) – Cakes and Cupcakes
Edible Weddings – Not cakes, but gorgeous eye catching candy arrangements for your wedding and special occasions. A really clever unique idea!
Eloise’s Pastries (Warrenton) – Cakes and Pastries (accommodates special diets)
Esquire Confections, LLC
Fat Girl Cakes (Stafford)
Gateau (Warrenton) – Gourmet cakes (accommodates special diets)
Great Harvest Bread of Warrenton
Passionflower Cakes (Harrisonburg)
Sue’s Pies – serving Fauquier and Prince William County and more, find her at farmer’s markets
Triple Oak Bakery (Sperryville) – Gluten-Free

Australia

Creative Cakes by Julie – Check out her Facebook albums. Her fondant, gum paste, and sugar work is some of the best I’ve seen!

England and the UK

La Lavande Cake Boutique – Specializes in gum paste flower online tutorials
Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes – 100% buttercream art cake designers in London. Classes also available.

Caterers and Savory (Virginia)

A La Carte Catering
The Frenchman’s Cellar and Culpeper Cheese Company

Gourmet Chocolate

Chocri customized chocolate bars
Cocoa-Bella’s Brewing Cocoa
The Frenchman’s Corner (in Culpeper)

Classes (Virginia)

The Aubergine Chef Baking Classes
A La Carte Catering
Bellington Farm
Cookology
Fran’s Cake and Candy
Triple Oak Bakery (Gluten-Free)

Suppliers

Online

Kerekes Bakery Supplies Has tons of rare and hard to find baking and pastry equipment, silicone molds, tools, packaging, and more all available online.

Shop Bakers Nook – They also have a baking and pastry forum on Facebook!

The Webstaurant Store Sells a ton of bakery supplies as is available for home delivery. Shipping is a little pricey but you can buy lots of professional stock (like cake circles and parchment paper) in bulk. A great start for home bakers look to start a home business.

Pennsylvania

The Restaurant Store (also serves Wilmington, Delaware and sells over the Internet as well)

Virginia

Fran’s Cake and Candy

Ingredients and Components Available Online

CK Powdered food coloring (great for gum paste flowers)
Crystal Colors, LLC (great for gum paste flowers, variety of supplies also available)
Glazing Fondant / Poured Fondant (Petits Fours Fondant)
King Arthur Flour
LorAnn Oils (for flavoring icings, candies, and chocolates)

Foodie Apparel

Always order a size smaller in chef jackets!  If you wear a small you may want to get a x-small!  That’s what I wear.

Online

Madam Chef – A fellow alumni started this company! If you’re looking a cute or sexy chef outfit check it out! Madam Chef makes my chef jackets!
Johnny Cupcakes – One look at their logo and you will fall in love

Virginia

Uniform City – Potomac Mills Mall (online may not have hospitality wear)
Nova Uniforms – Falls Church (also order online)

Friends of the Aubergine Chef

DC Nova and McGlothlin Properties
Foul Fortune (my brother and local rap artist)
Imagine Web/Graphic Design and Marketing
Gaeltek Technologies, an IT firm specializing in small businesses
Simplicity Events by Johanna (local wedding/event planner)
Conquer the Clutter (Professional Organizers)
MaxPrint (local printing company)
Cherry Blossom Events (local wedding/event planner)
R2 Interior Design
Caroline Alden Photography
Ish Holmes Photography
Mollie Tobias Photography
Photography by Exposure by Michelle Riordan
Tea Time Tea Room in Gainesville

Just for Fun

Hyperbole and a Half
Bluntcard
Fire Lily Cosplay
8Bit Memory (Video games turned into external hard drives)
Swish Edition Podcast

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