After Elysia received a touching email from Ms. Halle Quezada, a Chicago Public School teacher at Suder Montessori Magnet, the two made arrangements for one of her students to come in for a private baking lesson last week.
Arete, a bright young student, had lost her mother unexpectedly the previous year. She wrote an essay about her mom’s sudden passing, and one passage in particular stuck out to Ms. Quezada: Arete wrote about how her mom used to always bake red velvet cake, and that she never got a chance to learn from her. After her mother passed away, the family found the last red velvet cake she ever made (perfectly preserved in the car, thanks to Chicago winter temperatures) and they all cherished it.
Ms. Quezada, very understandably touched by this story, reached out to Elysia and asked if she could arrange for a private baking lesson so that Arete could learn how to make red velvet cake. Elysia and the team happily agreed! We hosted Arete, her sister, her aunt, and Ms. Quezada for a fun afternoon of baking. Take a look at these photos of their lesson below led by Joyce Marie:
The team loved teaching Arete and her family how to bake red velvet cake, as a way to remember and honor her mother. We hope that she’ll be able to share this recipe with her own children in the future so that her mother’s legacy lives on!
If you are interested in having a private baking lesson in our studio, feel free to reach out to us today.