Today, I want to kick-off our Chic Fête Featured Vendor Series with one of my favourite bakers. If you haven't heard of Cookievonster before, you've been missing out.
Cookievonster is a local treasure run by Evon. I first found Evon three years ago when I was planning my daughter's 2nd birthday. I stumbled upon her website and was instantly floored by her cookie designs. I reached out to her and asked if she could make me a cookie of my little girl as a superhero. Silly question! Of course she could; Evon can do anything. She quickly returned my email with a sketch of the "Super Isla" cookie she designed. I was impressed and wondered how she would replicate the sketch into a cookie. The final product was even better than I had anticipated, and I knew then and there that this lady was:
a) a cookie enchantress
b) fantastically gifted
c) my new obsession
d) all of the above
D. Definitely, D.
Cue MC Hammer, "na na na na, na na, na, You Can't Touch This...". Don't judge. If you've seen her cookies, you'd be busting a move too.
We asked her to design our cookies based on our "CHIC FêTE" logo, an inspiration board and explained our new business venture, renting children's chiavari chairs, which are exclusively available in Vancouver through us. Needless to say, we were amazed by how perfectly she captured our vision. They looked amazing on our vendor table, and everybody loved them. Something you have to know about Cookievonster cookies is that looking like a piece of beautiful art just isn't enough, every single one tastes even better than it looks. AH-MAZING!!!
GETTING TO KNOW EVON
I was able to ask this busy baker a few questions for this post. Her answers were both honest and hilarious! This lady has a knockout personality, just see for yourself ...
Iliana: What is your favourite thing about baking?
Evon: It's very therapeutic. It's what "fun" is to me. I'm creating something new, and when I'm successful I'm like, "YAY!!". It's the best thing ever.
I: In your opinion, what is the hardest thing about baking?
E: No sleep. Seriously, all bakers will tell you the same thing. "Lack of sleep".
I: How long have you had your business?
E: According to Facebook, it started in 2009. Seriously, I can't really remember exactly, but my Facebook page says Cookievonster was born in 2009. (laughs)
I: Where do you see your business in 4 years?
E: If my arms don't fall off, I wouldn't mind having a shop. (laughs) Making it a business where I can be successful and maintain the high standard and quality of my work. I like my cookies to be personalized to every client. I don't mass produce and have clients pick out from a catalogue. I like clients who want cookies designed just for them. Sometimes, I'm asked to replicate cookies and unless it's a cartoon character, I won't do it. I like each cookie to be unique in its own way, so it is a one-of-a-kind piece for each person.
I: What made you start baking?
E: It started off as Christmas presents. I didn't know what to give people for Christmas so I baked them cookies. They would request them the following year and that's how Cookievonster was born.
IF: How did you come up with the name Cookievonster?
C: My husband came up with it. I grew up with Sesame Street and I always liked Cookie Monster.
I: Do you have any advise for future bakers?
E: I would say "do it because you love it". Don't do it because you think you'll make a million bucks. You really do it for the love of baking. If I'm having a bad day my cakes look sad. I hate them and they hate me back. I hate you, I hate you!
I: Who is your celebrity crush?
E: There's so many. Which one do you want? (laughs). Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
I: What is your guilty pleasure?
E: My guilty pleasure is eating junk food on the couch and watching Game of Thrones marathons.
I: Finish the sentence: "I can't live without my..."
E: ...giant mixer, his name is "Winston". Oh wait a minute, that's my little mixer. My giant mixer's name is "Churchill".
I: Finish the sentence: "If I had a quarter for every time I..."
E: ...say "I want to QUIT, I'd have a million bucks!". I said it again just today. (laughs).
I: Any last words?
E: I can be cheesy and say, "If not for Cookievonster, I wouldn't have met anyone in Vancouver". That's really my favourite thing about Cookievonster. Is that so cheesy? I feel like I'm wishing for world peace. (laughs)
In conclusion, Evon is a masterful cookie designer and a chic fete is not complete without the cookievonster touch. Her eye for design + ability to create such stunning cookies sets her apart. We highly recommend her to all our clients and can't wait to work with her again.
Stay tuned for more on Chic Fête's Featured Vendor Series.
XO - ili