Not many pastry chefs can claim veganism as the origin of their journey into pastry, but that’s what Wingen credits with bringing into Homestead, which is not a vegan restaurant by any means. Confused? It’s gets even more unorthodox. One visit to the restaurant led her from having zero professional cooking experience and working a desk job at Jamba Juice to making delicious donuts and other pastries at one of Oakland’s best farm-to-table restaurants. You’ll have to watch the video to get the full story.
In case you were wondering, Wingen isn’t vegan anymore, however she does offer a couple of vegan pastries in her repertoire. Get a taste of Aimee’s handiwork at Homestead, 4029 Piedmont Ave. (at 40th), Oakland