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Thursday, December 27, 2007 

Welcome to Cupcake Capital of California!

Just when you thought it safe to plan on a diet for the New Year....word of more delicious delicacies opening up in Santa Barbara, soon. But, really, in our minds....not soon enough!

Set to open up this Spring in Arlington Plaza on State Street...right across from the historic Arlington Theatre...
Bella Dolce is a Santa Barbara catering company specializing in beautiful cookies, petite sweets, luscious cupcakes and exquisite wedding cakes.

....Pastry Chef Eileen Randall Cook was raised in Santa Barbara and realized at an early age that if someone would pay you money to make cookies when you grew up, that was the thing to do.

Eileen left Santa Barbara for the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and a pastry internship at Campton Place Hotel. She graduated from the CCA Chef Program in 1989. She then moved to Los Angeles where she mastered breakfast pastry at the Hotel Bel Air, did food styling for print and film, catering for the stars, taught cooking classes and managed the cooking school at Montana Mercantile in Santa Monica.

Since returning to Santa Barbara in 1992 Eileen was the pastry chef at Brigitte’s (now Opal) and Executive Pastry Chef at the Wine Cask. There she was responsible for the design and production of desserts for the Wine Cask Restaurant and catering company, The University Club and Polo Club. - Bella Dolce's website
We're CRAZY about cupcakes! They really DO "Take the Cake!"

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Thanks a LOT, Cookie Jill--looks like we have to move to Santa Barbara now!:-)

I'm glad to have stumbled my way here earlier this week via EdHat. You're chock full o' tasty info!

Bella Dolce? How exciting! And, if I recall correctly, isn't their future location just a block or so away from the soon-to-open Cupcakery you reported about a few days ago?

I think this calls for a variation on the classic "pub crawl"... Anyone in for a cake crawl? :)

what a wonderful life it must to wake up in the morning and go to work making cupcakes! My parents never told me that was career option. I blame them.

I have a picture of Eileen Randall that I clipped from the paper several years ago and put on my wall -- just because she's so beautiful. I guess she's now married to Mr. Cook -- how appropriate.

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