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Parties That Cook Welcomes an Exciting New Partnership with Wilton

WiltonParties That Cook is now partnering with Chicago-based bakeware company, Wilton. We’re excited to put their fantastic products in the hands of all our guests!

I thought it just made sense to approach such an established, respected company with a partnership opportunity. But what I didn’t know, was that we actually have quite a history with Wilton. Back when PTC Founder & CEO, Bibby Gignilliat, was about 13 years old, she took a summer cake decorating class at Sears. The class — surprise! — was hosted by Wilton.

Wilton BakewareWilton has always been known for its fun cake molds and easy-to-follow decorating tips, among other things. For several weeks Bibby worked with Wilton, learning everything from basic frosting techniques to roses. Slowly but surely, she became known for a particular Winnie the Pooh cake.

“I learned how to frost the cake, and I have to say, it looked really professional,” Bibby explains. “The bakeware was so easy to use and the instructions were so helpful. For years, I would bring this cake everywhere and it was always a hit.”

In essence, Bibby’s experience with Wilton was one of influences that turned her on to the food industry years later. “I was passionate about the class and baking in general,” Gignilliat adds. They say if you want to know what you should be doing in life, just look at what you were drawn to in childhood… And there you have it.

Wilton KitchenWilton KitchenSoon, we’ll be using the awesome professional kitchens at the Wilton School of Cake Decorating & Confectionery Art for our corporate team building events and private cooking parties! PTC’s Chicago Manager, Brandy, only had the nicest things to say: “Wow – great space! Perfect for our events! It is between Naperville and Oakbrook — such a great location.” And word on the street is that the Wilton School Director, Sandy, could not be more delightful.

If you still can’t tell, we’re terribly excited about the partnership, eager to get to cookin’ in their kitchens, and only see great things in the future for both companies.

Goat Cheese Crostini Inspired by Local Goats

Courtesy of Scott Bauer

Courtesy of Scott Bauer

As summer begins, we welcome the long days of sunshine, beach weather, and gorgeous produce. I love the camaraderie of backyard gatherings and grilling adventures. Summer brings a lot of great things like s’mores, bonfires, and the permeating aromas of barbecue, but it also brings major threats like forest fires. Every summer for as long as I can remember, the evening news has reported on yet another fire burning out of control and destroying thousands of acres of trees. Granted, fires are actually good for our forests because they promote new growth. Fun fact: There are species of Pine that need the heat of a forest fire in order to release seeds for new trees. Still, I think we can all agree that a wild fire burning beyond control is terrifying. So when a few of the lovely ladies in the office started talking about a herd of goats being led across San Francisco to help prevent such fires, I was engulfed in curiosity.

Goat Cheese Crostini With Tomato JamThese goats are the “latest innovation” in preserving endangered species in environmentally sensitive areas. City Grazing reports that these animals munch up all the weeds and maintain vegetation growth without threatening the environment. Furthermore, a little research quickly showed that these herds are often hired to eat dry debris on the forest floors and lower the destructiveness of a forest fire. Cheers to an environmentally friendly way of managing vegetation! As an official B Corp, this is music to our ears.

To celebrate, we thought this recipe for Goat Cheese Crostini would be the perfect light appetizer to any summer gathering. The slightly tangy goat cheese pairs surprisingly well with the mildly sweet tomato jam, and the flavors of each compliment each other for a savory treat!