Angela Garbacz

Years of Participation

Angela Garbacz is the Owner of Goldenrod Pastries, a boutique pastry shop in Lincoln, Nebraska. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where Angela received degrees in Culinary and Food Sciences; and, in 2008, moved to New York City to attend the French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center), where she earned a degree in Classic French Pastry Arts. During her time there, she worked with top toques in the industry, including Dave Arnold, Jean Georges Vongerichten, Nils Nóren, and Harold McGee. Years later, after learning she had an intolerance to dairy, she decided to chronicle her baking journey and started the Goldenrod Pastries blog. It was there she reimagined baking for a variety of restricted and alternative diets (dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan). Her recipes, photos and anecdotes quickly gained a large and dedicated following. For a year, Garbacz was fulfilling catering orders out of her home kitchen while also working in international marketing. Realizing it was time to pursue pastry full-time, she quit her job and decided to open up shop. In 2015, Garbacz opened the doors to Goldenrod Pastries where her all-American desserts and pastries feature unique flavor combinations and a strikingly vivid color palette. She is a lover of whimsy and sparkle, making her confections as beautiful to look at as they are delicious to eat. Garbacz is also an advocate for female-empowerment, which she proudly stands for at her all-women-powered bakery. In 2018, Angela spearheaded an initiative called "Empower Through Flour,” which brought together 20 female chefs and pastry chefs from across the United States to raise money and awareness for the non-profit organization I AM THAT GIRL.