Art of Dessert, 2019
Our Pastry Chefs

Costeaux French Bakery
WINNER 2019: Best in Creativity

A full-service bakery renowned for its world-class artisan and sourdough breads, cakes and desserts. Our bakery café in downtown Healdsburg serves made-to-order bistro cuisine and is open for breakfast and lunch daily. We are also available for private events in the evenings. The pastry chefs at Costeaux create cakes to celebrate all occasions – birthdays, weddings, holiday, anniversaries, births and more. Serving Healdsburg and the surrounding areas since 1923. –

Criminal Baking Co. and Noshery

Local favorite specializing in seasonal pies, cakes, and cupcakes.  Enjoy casual eating among friends for breakfast and lunch.  You’ll find fresh and creative delicious food, with all baking small batch from scratch, even the wedding cakes which come in a variety of shapes and sizes and utilize local flowers and fruits.  Wine Country chic at its best!

Dry Creek Kitchen
WINNER 2019: Best In Taste

The new kid on the block, Lisa Kaufman – a graduate of the Santa Rosa Junior College Culinary program –  claims she got the job at Charlie Palmer’s Healdsburg restaurant because the other candidate didn’t show up. Set on Healdsburg’s historic tree lined Plaza, Dry Creek Kitchen mixes vibrant American cooking and world class bottlings with the intimate charm of a small town and true wine country hospitality. The inviting, recently revitalized dining room is punctuated by sculptural floral arrangements, floor-to-ceiling windows and oversized doors which open to a garden terrace, evoking wine country’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

Flour and Bloom Cakes
WINNER 2019: Best Presentation

Cake is an artform that takes constant dedication. Here at Flour and Bloom, we have a talented team of cake artists and pastry chefs, all of whom have spent their careers dedicated to their craft. Whether it is a small cutting cake or large cake installation, we want to make sure that each of our creations are designed specifically with you and your event in mind. Although design is paramount, taste is always our first priority. Dessert is the finale to every party and your cake should taste as good as it looks.  With locally sourced ingredients and seasonal produce, we are dedicated to creating a cake that seamlessly compliments your design aesthetic, while leaving your guests with a memorable and sweet conclusion.


Chef John, a Sonoma County native who trained with Emeril Lagasse in New Orleans, creates simple food with minimal ingredients and delightful flavor surprises that change with the seasons. Serving high-quality Italian, German and French inspired fare in a casual eatery, the dining experience is not to be missed. “You just don’t get food like this in a setting like this.”

IMA Cake Couture
WINNER 2019: Best Overall

A family business providing on-demand French iconic pastries, custom cakes, modern tarts, petit-fours, macaroon tower and catering services throughout Sonoma county. Owner and Pastry Chef Isabelle Mazeaud,a French native, is a passionate chef trained in France at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Pâtisserie in Yssingeaux, France, the leading pastry school from renowned French Chef Alain Ducasse. She has also worked at Craftsman and Wolves, a contemporary patisserie in San Francisco, and at the acclaimed Bouchon Bakery in Yountville. –

Mapi’s Cakes

Mapi is from the Andalusian region of Southern Spain where she studied decoration before taking her artist abilities to cakes. Her cake designs delighted the Spanish market until she relocated to the wine country. She now uses her ability to design and sculpt amazing sweet works of art that delight both the eyes and the palate. –

Michelle’s Corner Cakes

With 41 years of expertise in the art of baking and decorating, my specialty is custom wedding cakes. My Italian family has been baking since the 1800’s. As a fifth-generation baker, I am proud of the history behind the formal baking and decorating methods taught to me by my Father and Grandfather. In designing your wedding cake I will apply this knowledge to capture and incorporate these techniques and apply them to today’s trends. –

Oliver’s Market

Lucky to have two awesome pastry chefs in Santa Rosa and Windsor, Ron Barbata and Michele Pedro.  Ron is an LA boy who fell in love with Sonoma County and great food, Ron joined Oliver’s in 1994 as a Bakery Manager. Ron is a true foodie at heart, and has been involved in the Deli, Bakery and Cheese departments in his time with Oliver’s, but his first love is the Bakery and all things chocolate.  Michele is a Bakery Manager at the Windsor store and earned her Baking and Pastry Certificate from Santa Rosa Junior College.

Once Bitten

Lawyer by day and baker by night, Windsor resident Amy Hunsberger has “cookied” for years, using the finest ingredients to create delicious custom decorated royal iced cookies to surprise and delight friends and family.  Now that she has amassed an outrageous collection of cookie cutters and the skills to go with them, Amy will soon begin taking custom orders for hand-crafted cookie creations for special occasions and events.

Pacific Connection Catering

For when it matters, boutique catering focused on you.  Experience the art of catering that infuses style & elegance into every event since 1989.  Catering not only to your palate, whether it’s “meat ‘n potatoes” or “foodie”, but to all your event’s needs.  ​​

Sift Dessert Bar

A modern dessert shop for gifting, treating and celebrating. With locations in Northern California’s Wine Country and San Francisco Bay Area, Sift also ships desserts nationwide. The company was established in April of 2008 when Andrea Ballus uncovered a niche for high-end dessert bars while scouring Wine Country for vendors for her Sonoma wedding. Andrea and her husband Jeff own all 5 Bay Area locations and Sift is hitting their 10th anniversary this year in April! –

Sonoma Cake Creations

Sonoma Cake Creations has been specializing in Wine Country weddings and events for over thirteen years, using fresh local ingredients whenever possible.  They pride themselves on creating cakes and custom desserts that are not only pleasing to the eye but to your taste buds as well.

Tomales Bakery

The Tomales Bakery serves up local flavor in a space where bicyclists and motorcyclists, ranchers and fishermen, residents and tourists bond over simple pleasures, like the sweet smell of cinnamon or that deeply satisfying first bite into a fresh from the oven Gorgonzola Cheddar Twist.  We offer seasonal, fresh food, baked in-house, in small batches, with a side of local character that makes our patio an irresistible community gathering place.

Willow Trees Bakery

Willow Tree Bakery creates cakes and special desserts for every occasion. Tina Zettel, owner and cake whisperer’s adventure into baking started in her grandmother’s kitchen where they would gather together as a family to make gnocchi.  Three generations around the table, rolling dough and filling the room with love and laughter. There, in that special place, she inherited her love of baking. Tina’s grandmother encouraged her to enter her baked goods into the Sonoma County Fair, where she won first place for a Strawberry Pie.  Tina began her journey into professional baking in 2004 and that same year at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair she won the “best taste” award for both her Tiramasu cake and her French Vanilla Butter-cream.  In 2013, Willow Tree Bakery was born.

Your Sweet Expectations

Located in Cotati, where everything is made in house! Not only do they make custom cakes and cookies. Your Sweeet Expectations now has a wide variety of fine pastries, breakfast items and a sandwichery on site. Owner Carolyn Besse baked a lot with her mom as a child; it was always a special time together and a creative outlet for her. Mom planted the seed! And now her special Sweet Expectations Bakery creations are made with love and filled with joy. –

Sample photos of the cakes from The Art of Dessert, 2018.
Join us this year to sample the treats by taste!


For more information contact Susanne Esquivel in the Development Office at 707.800.7505.

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