As a venue, Rosewood Farms has relationships with a variety of vendors and we have taken the time to highlight one of our favorite bakers, Desserts By Dana!
We recently sat down with Chef Dana of Desserts By Dana, a local bakery located at 1212 Capitol Trail in Newark, Delaware. Dana found his passion for cooking and baking in his mom’s kitchen and pursued the Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales, after he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware. Dana’s early work focused on the savory, but didn’t want to lose his pastry skills, so 15 years ago Dana opened his shop and pursued baking as a side job.
His store gained popularity after Matt Amis wrote an article about Desserts by Dana in Delaware Today. Since then, Dana has made many TV appearances on the Ultimate Cake Off, the Food Network and the Rachael Ray network. He won season 1 of Next Great Baker on TLC and is a part of the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour. He loves to be a part of these competitions, because it keeps him grounded, and serves as a “reality check.”
Check out some of Dana's spectacular designs below!
Dana feels that there is a good amount of healthy competition and mutual respect between bakers, which leads to relationships where different bakeries feel comfortable sending a customer to a bakery that specializes in what they’re asking for. Dana specializes in fondant and over-the-top art, like the life size car cake he created for an auto show! Dana feels that customers come to him because he and his team create timelessly unique desserts.
Chef Dana recommends that couples don’t get too many opinions from others when it comes to your wedding cake. He says “it’s your love story and your cake should be personal and resemble that.” He encourages customers to find something that you and your fiancé both love and to build out from there.
If you want to check out the store, Desserts by Dana is open Mondays from 10am to 3pm, Tuesdays through Fridays from 10am to 6pm, Saturdays from 8am to 5pm, and Sundays they are closed. You can reach them at 302-721-5798.
Take a look at the video below, created by Munaluchi Bride Magazine, to learn more about Chef Dana.