Let me introduce you to an outgoing, whirlwind of a lady named Holly Luisi. She is a well-travelled personal chef and caterer originally from the American Mid-West with bouncy, golden hair and a warm smile. We met through a mutual friend — Judi — last year for a few cocktails and, of course, food. She bowled me over with samples of her decadent Lavender Tea Cake with Chambord Icing, Banana Pound Cake, and Chicken Salad.

Usually, I’m all about decadent, and a little Chambord can put almost anything over the moon. Holly’s Lavender Tea Cake was a lush, moist offering drizzled in a delicate pink icing. The consistencies of both cake and icing were heavenly, but the lavender overpowered my senses. I love wearing lavender fragrances and essential oils, but I could not handle more than a few bites the fragrant cake. Still, the novelty of eating a classic tea cake was enchanting.

Adam and my family also tried the Lavender Tea Cake, but their hands-down favorite was the Banana Pound Cake. Again, nothing but moist cake filled with fresh bananas. An equal smattering of pecans dotted the cake, and the caramel pecan glaze was not missed at all. The cake proudly stood on its own.

The Chicken Salad was served in flaky philo dough cups. Creamy with a bright crunch from the celery, my family and I could not stop eating this salad until it was all gone! The chicken gained a little more body from the pecans, was light on the mayo, and included a few more special touches that made for some cohesive little morsels.

Read more about Ms. Holly and her all-natural, preservative-free goodies at The Bohemian Baker.

Disclosure: The food and entertainment mentioned in this post was paid for by The Bohemian Baker, although the views and opinions expressed in this post are purely my own. This post was not reviewed by The Bohemian Baker in any way.