Etienne Bouie began his culinary career by watching his mother and grandmother cook. She enjoyed the process and realized the kitchen was where she wanted to be, baking cakes and desserts for special occasions.
Bouie — the owner and pastry chef behind Ebaktiques, LLC — has moved from New York to Kentucky, where pastries are more common in brick-and-mortar stores, which she hopes to eventually have.
“I would like to provide our community with a dessert shop where they can come in and have a take-out meal or even the choice to have a sweet and gourmet experience with me,” Bouie said.
Although she started her culinary career 10 years ago, she only ran her own business for 3 years after the encouragement of her fiancé Nicholas Hamby, her children and her colleague and mentor, chef Katie Wimsatt .
“I have a lot of strength and I’m a very driven person but without the push of [Hamby], I can’t necessarily say I’d be this far without his encouragement,” she said. “[Wimsatt] guided me through those first steps to getting my LLC.
Bouie also creates keto-friendly and gluten-free desserts, which are often featured and quizzed on her Facebook page.
Ebaktiques has also embarked on catering and the creation of desserts for private events. One of its specialty items lets the bride and groom sample different flavors of wedding cake — from three to seven — and can be delivered.
Bouie said creativity is what drives her to keep changing the idea of traditional desserts.
“What I love most about baking is incorporating my aesthetic [and] articulate designs,” she said, adding that these speak for her brand and become the face of her business.
Ebaktiques desserts were recently introduced at the Owensboro Country Club, offering triple ganache chocolate cakes and key lime pies for members. Over the 4th of July weekend, individual red, white and blue shortbread cookies were the star of the buffets, all to rave reviews from members.
“It’s a pretty overwhelming feeling to see other people get so much satisfaction from tasting the things I do,” she said.
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