New Gig – Pastry Chef for Spilled Milk Catering

by moderndomestic on November 11, 2010

Mint bites - one of the menu items I've created for Spilled Milk Catering as their pastry chef.

Eight months ago, when I quit my day job to pursue this baking this full time, I had no idea what would happen. I didn’t know if I’d love it, hate it, regret it, or never look back. So far, I’ve worked at a restaurant for two months and quickly decided it’s not my thing, worked as a baker at Treet, and was promoted to baking manager at Treet and managed the kitchen. Sadly, Treet is closing in DC and moving to New York, so I’m moving on to my next adventure.

One of my new projects is that I’ll be the pastry chef for Spilled Milk Catering – a DC catering company that specializes in good-tasting, unfussy food (read more about their cooking philosophy in this recent Washington Life piece). Founded by Amit Gulati, Raj Bhattacharya and James Shea, Spilled Milk started as a way for these food lovers to indulge their obsession with cooking and delicious food. Now, Spilled Milk does events from intimate dinner parties, to cocktail parties, to large events at the National Portrait Gallery – and everything in between.

I’ve created a menu for Spilled Milk that includes all of my favorites – brownies with mint cream, espresso bars, hand pies, fruit tarts filled with lemon curd, bananas foster bites, and much more. But Spilled Milk works with clients to create their perfect menu – so you can think of our “menus” as more of a jumping off point than anything else.

I’m really excited to have the opportunity to bring my food to the next level – working with Spilled Milk means working with clients to make their dream menus come true. It’s going to be a creative and technical challenge, but one that I’m more than ready for. And I’m really excited to be joining their team for the next few months.

So when you’re planning your holiday event – either personal or corporate – keep Spilled Milk Catering in mind. We’re more than happy to work with you to create a delicious menu for your next event (and make sure to include dessert).

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Olga @ MangoTomato November 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Congratulations!!! I’m glad they liked your ideas.


Joellen November 11, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Jenna, I think you are absolutely amazing and I am so happy for you! Congratulations!! You and Spilled Milk Catering are at the top of my list if I ever have a special event. :-)


Brooke November 11, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Wow Jenna! That is fantastic! Good luck and have fun – really excited for you. Your hard work, ambition and willingness to take a risk has proven to be fruitful and it’s really inspiring!


Becca November 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Congrats and best wishes on the new adventure!!


Amit November 12, 2010 at 12:06 am

we are super excited to have her!


David November 12, 2010 at 1:07 am



mary November 12, 2010 at 7:25 am

Sounds terrific. Kudos for chasing what you want!


melanie November 12, 2010 at 9:41 am

Congrats!! So exciting!


Victoria (District Chocoholic) November 12, 2010 at 10:08 am

Very cool.


Alejandra November 12, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Yay!! Rock on woman! I am *so* thinking about events I can hire you for!!


Uncle Mike November 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm

So sorry about the Treet gig, but it looks like you’ve found yet another great venue for your talents. Best wishes for prosperity and happiness.


Lan November 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm

congrats! the guys are so great, you’re lucky to be working with them!


Kristen November 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Congrats Jenna!!! Too bad it’s hard to ship dessert across the country – can’t wait till you open your “west coast branch” :)


probonogeek November 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm

That’s wicked awesome! Congrats Jenna… keep living the dream.


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