We are so excited about this week’s topic: Tips for party hosting! We’ve invited two local businesses to help teach us about some creative ways we can decorate and prepare to host our holiday parties this season! Let me introduce you to Jolene Struewing from Daffodilly’s.
Jolene was born and raised on a farm here in Batesville. She has two older sisters, a twin and a younger sister. Creativity and thinking “outside of the box” has always been something she has been drawn to. After an art class in high school, she got a part time job with a local florist which gave her the opportunity to learn this special art of floral design.
Jolene married an Oldenburg native, Randy Strewing and they have two sons. They moved back onto the family farm where she grew up and she couldn’t be more happy to be surrounded by everything she loves! In 2006 she took a leap of faith and opened up her very own flower shop, after being in the industry for 15 years. Jolene is happy to say that this “leap” has flourished and in 2012 she moved her business to it’s current location downtown Batesville to better serve her great community!
Also, joining us, will be Kate Nobbe of Dotty’s Bulk Foods!
Kate has always loved baking, some of her first memories were working in the kitchen with her mom. After ten years of taking baking and cake decorating projects to the local 4-H fair, she knew she wanted to make this a career. First, Kate received a degree in Business Management from Ivy Tech. Then, she started at Midwest Culinary Institute for a Pastry Arts Degree. After achieving her pastry degree, Kate took her certification for Certified Pastry Chef or C.P.C.. For the two years she was at MCI she worked at the full service bakery on campus in every capacity as well as leaving as the Assistant Manager of Operations. Next, Kate applied for a position in the pastry department at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Kate was the Head Pastry Chef at the Duke Energy Convention Center for the next two years. Towards the end of her two years as the Head Pastry Chef she found out she was pregnant with their daughter Elaina. With this news Kate and her husband knew they needed to make a change with the long drive and the long hours. It was time to then make her Kate’rd Cakes business a reality. Therefore, last September they bought Dotty’s Bulk Food Basket here in Batesville and opened Kate’rd Cakes inside. Kate now makes custom order cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.
Jolene and Kate will be sharing some practical ideas for us and I know we will be blessed by their expertise!