Nubian Simmons

BAKER / PRESIDENT - THE PINK BAKERY, INC.

I am a Milwaukee native who now calls Memphis home. I consider myself the uncrowned queen of inclusion! As the owner of The Pink Bakery, Inc. which is TN’s 1st Big 8 Allergen Free Bakery, I am driven by the believe that, no one should be excluded from life’s celebratory moments because of a food allergy.

What accomplishments would you like to share?

I was student of the year in 6th grade (whoop-whoop shout out Sarah A. Scott Middle School), Featured in Memphis RSVP’s Magazine July 2017 Edition, Tuesdays Together Memphis chapter October 2017 Member of the Month, Cooper Young Farmers Market Vendor of the Month October 2017, Featured in Memphis Flyer July 2018 Magazine, 1 of 5 bakers selected for MIFA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, Listed on the National No Nuts Mom’s Group website and also Featured on the Snack Safely Website.

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

You are stronger than you think, trust & follow the spiritual guidance you are receiving and you will meet all of the people you worked sooo hard for, but never knew.

What inspired you to become an event professional?

I created this company because I have food allergies to milk and wheat. Throughout my life, I have been excluded from the “dessert part” of meals and activities. Watching others enjoy something as simple as a piece of cake, knowing I couldn’t eat it without having a severe allergic reaction, was unbearable. After years of this, I decided to learn how to make my own mixes from scratch. Now, not only can I be a part of activities, but I can make sure others can enjoy delicious desserts too without worrying about the reaction they would experience later. No one should feel excluded from celebratory moments because of a food allergy.