“My Italian roots and passion for anything sweet prompted me to really hone in on my grandmother’s traditions. I love when food comes from its natural state. The simplicity in cooking is what makes our ancestor’s food so flavourful.”
With a Passion for Local
“I love to be creative but I am horrible at drawing. LOL. One way I learned to be creative was in the kitchen. I began to experiment with traditional desserts and started adding unique spins to my favourite desserts, this is where I came up with my many different Gourmet Butter Tart flavours.”
When Carla was 39 years old, she lost her conventional job in an office and had to decide what to do with her life. With 3 young children and bills to pay, she was faced with uncertainty. Carla decided that it was time to make a leap of faith in herself and dive into new territories. She wanted to show her young family that was NEVER too late to follow a passion.
“I made the decision to start this little business during one of the most desperate time of my life. It was incredibly scary and invigorating at the same time. The one thing that drove me and continues to drive me is my children. I wanted to show my children that it is never too late to have a dream and follow a passion. There is beauty that lies underneath hard work and determination.”
Supporting Local Ontario Farmers + Redirecting Focus!
With the importance of supporting LOCAL, Carla found a way to support local farmers and businesses while building her own local business.
“I wanted to support other people that were doing what I was doing but I didn’t have the financial means to do it. I decided right from the start of my business that purchasing local raw materials to make my own product was the way I could do my part to support farmers & local artisans.”
Today, Carla is also focusing on giving back. After the tragic loss of her brother by an alleged drunk driver, Carla decided to start an initiative to make a change. She teamed up with MADD Canada to sell quarantine / graduation t-shirts in 2020 after her brother was killed in August 2019. Each of those shirts raise $5 that goes toward MADD Canada but more importantly, raises awareness to NOT Drive Impaired.
“My younger brother, who was and still is very near and dear to my heart was killed by a drunk driver. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him or weep over him. He was a very pivotal person in my life and continues to be so. I refuse to let his death be in vain and I am determined to ensure another family does not go through the pain my family and I continue to live through.”
She will continue to raise awareness and advocated to ensure another family doesn’t have to go through the devastation her family had to go through.