Elise Smith

OWNER / PASTRY CHEF - WINNIE’S BAKERY

Elise Smith is the owner of WinniE's Bakery, an accomplished pastry chef and published recipe developer & food writer. WinniE's Bakery is a bake to order and small batch producer of artisanal baked goods, in Columbia, MD. Along with her entrepreneurial endeavors, Elise is committed to being actively engaged with charitable and advocacy work. She does such by working with organizations like No Kid Hungry and Black Girls Cook.

What accomplishments would you like to share?

I was recently selected as the Maryland representative, chef ambassador for No Kid Hungry. Through my work with their organization, I have been able to advocate for the end of childhood hunger, by speaking on Capitol Hill and participating in fundraisers.

If you could tell your younger self something you’ve learned along the way, what would you say?

“You are more than enough.” To fiercely claim whatever gives your soul peace. “Oh, and you’re not confused, you’re definitely NOT straight—you’re Queer kid!”

What inspired you to become an event professional?

My maternal grandmother—my nana. She was the epitome of cool to me growing up. She was a baker, floral decorator and artist. She was a free spirit and never apologized for the way she was. What’s something you do at your business that’s "weird" and not commonly done? I bake in the kitchen and speak aloud about my method, as if I am hosting a cooking show. Also, I try out new recipes on my neighbors. Additionally, every recipe I create falls in the 4 major hallmarks of my life (thus far)—Joy, Loss, Healing or Growth.