Ladies and Gentlemen, this is my 100th post for this blog!
Wow, what a crazy ride. Reading through all of these posts makes me think a lot about the last couple years and how far I have come. Not to mention how much I have changed and grown in that time. In honor of my 100th post, I have decided to share the big news about my move to Lexington, Kentucky!
I am relocating to Lexington for a position with a new restaurant called Coba Cocina, the location will also have a bakery, Cocoh and bar Cobar Cantina. The owners of the restaurant are the largest franchise owners of Cheddars, if you are familiar. They own Greer Industries, an established corporation that is involved in the restaurant, hotel, real estate and many more areas. The company is run by a father/son duo that has blown me away with their personal touches on every aspect to business. They are a Christian family that treats all of their employees like one of their own. Their attention to detail and passion for food reminds me of my father and the business I grew up in. Because of these attributes and a strong interest in their project, I accepted the position as 'Confectionista', a term they deemed for bakery positions including pastry art, cake decorating, gelato creator and baker of all sorts. Those of you that know me personally know my passion for food, especially baking. I was accepted into the Culinary Institute of America for baking and pastry arts after high school, but chose to go to UF instead. My love for sweets and the smile it brings to people of all ages will never fade. This opportunity is more than I could ask for, God has truly answered my prayers.
My passion for children has not changed, nor am I writing off teaching. But for now, this change will be good. Cocoh, the bakery, is themed in a manner that will bring back memories from your childhood or create new ones with children of all ages.I am excited about this concept and share the same passion for food and guest satisfaction that the Greer family does. Although it will be challenging, I look forward to holding a position where I can be creative. I also can't skim over the fact that the members of the Coba family have already gone out of their way to make me feel welcome. I appreciate that more than I will ever be able to express.
For now, I look forward to my trip home to Florida and sleeping in. If you haven't thought about it yet, let me bring to your attention how a bakery runs and what time it typically opens. Oh yes, my call time is 4:30....AM! In the next couple weeks I will be sleeping, beaching it and loving on my family and friends. When I return to Lexington at the end of the month, I will be excited to start this new chapter of my life. Fully rested.
Completely prepared to be...Chef Lauren!