Pastry Chef and Owner Lora Vennettilli Gookin
Lora is a third generation Entrepreneur
Civil Engineer and award winning Pastry Chef. She began creating cakes in 2002 as a hobby while working as a Civil Engineer in Las Vegas. She enjoyed the creative aspect of decorating cakes, but even more so it was important to her that she bake with the finest ingredients for her family and friends. In 2008 she attended the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, AZ and was taught by some of the top pastry chefs in the industry. Her baking skills and knowledge expanded exponentially. She decided to take the leap and share her passion for quality desserts with the public by launching Gâteau in Arizona that same year. Gâteau has been serving Northern and Central Virginia and DC since 2011. In 2017 she expanded the business, opening a shop in Old Town Warrenton, to include a café and tea room in addition to the cake business.
Her architectural and engineering background is invaluable to her work, as is her strong understanding of the science of baking.
My Cake Philosophy
I believe that cake is so much more than a mixture of flour, butter, eggs and sugar. It is the marriage of high quality ingredients, the science of baking, thoughtful design and artistic execution. Cake is love.
Cake is a much anticipated guest at a party, second only to the guest(s) of honor. It is an extension of a celebration, it is one of the gifts. Cake completes the party. It is the WOW moment when mouths open and gasps are heard. Then I know our job is well done.
The Bakery Cafe & Tea Room in Old Town Warrenton