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Angela Garbacz is the Owner, Creative Director and Head Pastry Chef of Goldenrod Pastries, a boutique pastry shop in Lincoln, Nebraska. Not only is she known and praised for her artfully designed, melt-in-your-mouth confections, she is also a social media maven who was able to parlay the success from her personal blog into a thriving brick and mortar bakery.
Baking since she was 15 years old, Garbacz always remembers being passionate about pastry. The Lincoln native attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received degrees in Culinary and Food Sciences. In 2008 she moved to New York City to attend the French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center), where she earned a degree in Classic French Pastry Arts. During her time there, she worked with top toques in the industry, including Dave Arnold, Jean Georges Vongerichten, Nils Nóren, and Harold McGee.
Years later, Garbacz learned she had an intolerance to dairy, a discovery that motivated her to refine recipes to cater to a variety of restricted and alternative diets (such as dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan + others). From there, the Goldenrod Pastries blog was born – and her recipes, photos and anecdotes quickly gained a large and dedicated following. For a year, Garbacz was fulfilling catering orders out of her home kitchen while also working in international marketing. Realizing it was time to pursue pastry full-time, she quit her job and decided to open up shop.
In the spring of 2015, Garbacz opened the doors to Goldenrod Pastries where her desserts and pastries feature unique flavor combinations and a strikingly vivid color palette. She is a lover of whimsy and sparkle, making her confections as beautiful to look at as they are delicious to eat. Garbacz is also an advocate for female-empowerment, which she proudly stands for at her all-women bakery.