"There is something special about the essence
of fresh baked goods
that evokes a nostalgic sense of comfort,
belonging and being at home"
That is what inspired Pastry Chef Lauren Paulsen to create Lilac Bakery. For Chef Lauren, nothing is more gratifying than baking a sweet creation and watching a customer’s blissful reaction come to life. Whether you are kick-starting the workday with a café latte and fresh-baked muffin or making after-school homework easier with home-baked cookies, creating sweet memories with a friend or soothing a broken heart with a warm croissant, sparking a creative idea with a pot of aromatic hot tea or sharing stories and chocolate éclairs while relaxing with friends after a long day’s work, Lilac Bakery is your culinary comfort zone, a place to kick back and enjoy the sweetest side of life, a place reminiscent of home, sweet home.
Pastry Chef Lauren Paulsen grew up surrounded by relatives who have always loved to cook. Always interested in what was happening in the kitchen, she found ways to help out when she could. From her mother’s southern roots to her father’s German heritage, young Lauren watched and learned as family members made lavish meals using authentic home-style recipes that had been passed down through generations. Like every child, she loved desserts and she began making simple recipes with her mother’s help. She enjoyed watching happiness unfold when anyone tasted her baked creations. Seeing a moment of bliss when she served her first strawberry rhubarb crisp sealed her fate. From that moment on, baking became her passion.
Throughout high school, her dream to become a pasty chef never waned. She took every cooking class that was offered in her small town of San Juan Island, WA. She couldn’t wait to learn from professionals on the job. At the age of 15, she took her first job at a local fine dining restaurant as a dishwasher to soak up knowledge. The owner took interest when she mentioned she loved to make desserts. By the time she was a 17-year-old high school senior, she was making the desserts for the restaurant every morning before school.
After graduating from high school she was accepted into the first Associates Degree program for Baking and Pastry offered by the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Saint Helena, California. She graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2011 with a degree in Baking and Pastry. Within a couple of years, she had developed a following of loyal catering clients for whom she baked desserts and pastries to order. Her dream of making her delectable creations available for everyone to enjoy in a place inspired by the comfort of home became a reality with the opening of Lilac Bakery.