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This is Nicole
Growing up, I always remember eating family meals around the table. My mom immigrated from Croatia, and her delicious meals were something I always looked forward to. My brothers and I were year round swimmers and spent up to 6 hours a day in the pool, so it made eating well that much more important. It was so special to me that we ate our meals as a family every day.
I knew in High School that I wanted to go to culinary school, but my parents wanted me to get a well rounded education, so after I graduated, I attended the University of Iowa. I was on the swim team and created a great group of friends, but my heart just wasn’t there. I still dreamed of going to school to be a chef, so after two years at Iowa, I transferred back home and enrolled at The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. I graduated at the top of my class with a degree in Patisserie in 2003. I spent a few years as a pastry chef in the restaurant industry before creating Windy City Dinner Fairy in 2011. My sister in law was studying for her law school finals when she became a little overwhelmed when my brother was sent to Canada for a work emergency. I came to the rescue when I stopped by her apartment and cooked meals for the week that she could heat up and not stress about what to make for dinner. She deemed me “The Dinner Fairy,” and the name stuck.
Starting out, I baked for a small coffee shop and catered events in the LGBT community in Ravenswood. This led me to meet my wife, who has become my biggest cheerleader. Her gym members discovered I was a chef and began to bring pounds of grass fed beef to our place asking, “can you make something with this?!?” Word spread and I found myself cooking everything from personal meals to wedding cupcakes for her fellow crossfitters.
After Allison proposed, we were planning the wedding and I felt it was only appropriate that I made the sweets for our special day. The venue coordinator tried a couple of my cupcakes and asked if she could put me on their “sweet table” preferred vendor list . I knew then that I had to move in the pastry direction. I found so much joy in making my whimsical cakes, I knew that I had found my calling.
Since then, I’ve appeared on Windy City Live, I have worked with Protein Bar as their Super Spice Girl, I’ve had my recipes featured on Huffington Post, The FeedFeed and countless other websites and magazines. Most recently, I’ve been asked to partner with Macy’s in teaching a cupcake decorating class.
That brings us to today. I am so excited to share my passion with you. Stay tuned for what’s next!