It started with an apple pie almost 20 years ago.
My Italian Nonna had always made all the holiday pies. And ever since she died in 1996, we just simply stopped having pies at holidays, much to my dismay. So when I moved to the Washington, DC, area in 1999, I decided I was going to make an apple pie - my favorite - for my first Thanksgiving Dinner here. So my younger sister and I cracked open a bottle of wine on Thanksgiving Eve and baked an apple pie together, while drinking heavily. The pie turned out to be pretty good. Except my sister has no recollection of this story whatsoever. Perhaps she drank more than I recall.
But I was bit by the baking bug, and that started my ungraceful stumble into baking. I was working in the Communications field, bored, longing to determine what I really wanted to do with my life. I was lucky enough to do what many people wish they could do, and talk about doing - I quit my office job and enrolled in culinary school at L'Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, MD, which had been rated one of the top 10 culinary schools in the United States and Canada before its closure in 2017. I received my certificate in pastry in 2003 and have been operating Sweet & Savory since 2005, offering primarily wedding and celebration cakes. I had always planned to remain a small custom cake business, but in 2018 I was presented with the opportunity to build a brand new beautiful storefront in Frederick's Worman's Mill neighborhood. So I've decided to put to work all of the skills I've learned in culinary school and bring Frederick not only fabulous cake, but equally incredible French pastries and other goodies too.
I have been privileged to be invited to take part in such important milestones in my clients' lives, and now I look forward to becoming their neighbors. My team and I will continue to work hard to exceed
~ Pastry Chef Meghan Gourley
Frederick County Department of Health License #4818