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Fresh Grits

Grits is a staple food of the South with Native American origins - my favorite comfort when living in Texas. However, this bowl of breakfast has much bigger meaning; a representation of life, a symbol of Southern culture. Recognizing its importance, Reuben Levi decided to name his lifestyle brand after this dish. Grits Co. recently rebranded and truly captured what makes the South special – the will to grow and the strength to endure. The release of his introductory series is refreshing and welcomed. No matter which aspect you isolate, design or purpose, everything is coherent.

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Grits Co. uses a traditional dish to pave the way to something much bigger – inspiring a community. Whether you work in food or fashion, you know that community is what fuels the industry. Despite the many challenges Levi faced during the creation of this project, he believed in one thing, “no grits, no glory”! That is something to admire about him and why it is such a pleasure to see his vision come to life.

Johnny Cupcakes Coffin Tour

Johnny is the reason why so many follow their dreams. See when he stopped by my city a few weeks ago.

Renegade Craft Fair

The beginning of the week is always the busiest (I am sure we can all relate to that) when working in a bakery. Check back tomorrow at 8:00PM (ET) for a full entry covering my experience at the Renegade Craft Fair!

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Creativity and passion are two words that come to mind when thinking about the Renegade Craft Fair. It was such an honor to be a part of such a great gathering. Although I am consider myself a creative thinker, I am a only a baker by trade and website owner. Looking around at the artists around the fair was inspiring to say the least. One of my greatest inspirations at the fair also happens to be one of my best friends, Regan Smith Clarke. Regan and Nicholas (the dynamic duo) are business men in the finest sense of the word. Friends, partners in crime, what ever you want to call them – they love what they do and they do it well.

While it was a fun meeting new people it brought a smile to see my friends stop by the booth!

A BIG shout goes to my amazing friend Ray!

Photos- by the ever so talented Gabbi Komis (thank you dear).

The Revamped “Collaborate & Dream” Series

When I started culinary school in September, I knew that the “Collaborate & Dream” series would have to take a sudden halt. While the idea of releasing neat collaborative t-shirts sounded good, I knew I would not be able to give the releases the attention they deserved. With that being said, 2012 marks a new year for Oven Fresh Dreams and a new year for the “Collaborate & Dream” series.

After reworking my schedule, I am now able to dedicate myself to all things O.F.D. What does this mean exactly? How about a new “Collaborate & Dream” t-shirt every 1-2 months?! I am pleased to announce that the first collaboration will be available late January (or early February). On top of that, did I mention the talented Gabriel Gozzer was designing it? Gabriel is a tattooist that resides in Portugal and hails from Brazil. I was introduced to Gabriel’s artwork when he designed two of my favorite t-shirts, “Wild Wolves II” and “Scholars & Thieves” in the Vicious History (Chazzy is the man by the way) line. After adding those shirts to my collection, I knew that I had to work with him in the future. His attention to detail and the tattoo elements in his design immediately caught my eye. I’ve always wanted a tattooist to showcase his or her talent for the “Collaborate & Dream” series and the beginning of 2012 seems like the perfect time.

Gabriel Gozzer’s artwork:


P.S. When you check out Vicious History tell Chazzy that EasyBake sent you!

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