We are Baked & Brew
~ freshly baked goods with a side of brew ~
Baked was founded in 2017 by Kate Holland as a catering bakery business in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Kate relocated to Napa Valley, California to expand her baking & pastry skills. There she met fellow pastry chef, Nicole Appels who had just arrived from Cape Town, South Africa. Quickly turning from friends to family, the two bakers decided to combine their talents and to share their creations with the Santa Fe community. While both pastry chefs are formally trained, they make a perfect sweet and savory balance with their specialties. Kate creates all of our artisanal breads, viennoiserie, and will oversee the café production, while Nicole will be in charge of all confectionary, delectable pastries, and sweet bites.
For us, Baked & Brew is a place to explore, enjoy and create unique baked goods to share with our neighbors. We use traditional baking methods, but try not to follow conventions or stick to definitions and just happily create things that we love. We're sure you will too!
Kate grew up in Atlanta, Georgia & Aspen, Colorado. She completed her undergraduate degree in Business Management at Auburn University and received her Certified Pastry Chef degree from the Art Institute of Atlanta. Kate has trained in Michelin-rated restaurants in Napa Valley including being part of the bread team at Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery.
Nicole was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. She received her formal pastry training at Cape Town Hotel School where she also earned her degree in professional cookery and hotel management. Nicole trained in luxury resort restaurants in Napa Valley, California and has recently worked at one of Santa Fe's most prestigious fine dining restaurants.