Chefs Lisa and Steve Maronian
Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes
Cos Cob, CT
Define innovation: (Steve) As a custom designed bakery, our cakes change every week according to the orders, so innovation for us is about making the most amazing, delicious sweets and presenting them in new and unique ways. It’s about finding different ways to use our everyday equipment to produce unique textures, shapes and designs.
Your inspiration: (Lisa) My grandmother inspired me; she was a great cook and baker who could whip up a made-from-scratch pizza, salad and homemade apple pie and have it on the table in an hour. And she never measured anything!
Your first memorable dish: (Lisa) The first cake I ever made was a vanilla cake that was as dense and heavy as a hockey puck. I made it for my brother; he ate the whole thing and told me how amazing it was. Love him for that!
On eating out: (Steve) We take our daughter out to eat frequently. We love going to new places or visiting some of our culinary friends. Our new thing is to eat our way through the Zagat Guide.
Your training: (Lisa) After high school, I attended Central Connecticut State University and majored in accounting. I was miserable! One Saturday afternoon, my mom told me we were going to visit my cousin at Vassar College and going to lunch at The Culinary Institute of America. I fell in love. I got my accounting degree and then attended the CIA where I ended up meeting my other love, my husband, Steve.
Favorite local restaurant: (Steve) Our favorite place for special occasions is our friend’s restaurant, Columbus Park in Stamford, CT.
Photos by Bruce Plotkin