2/9/12

Hi Everyone!

I am so excited I got to do an interview with the very talented Lisa Menz,  founder, chairwomen, and organizer of the fabulous Florida ICED Cake Competition in Ocala, Fl,  along with making her own cakes and teaching classes.  I have known Lisa for a few years though FLICES and other events and classes around Florida.  Last year we were a vendor for the show and this year we are the Outreach Liaison (we spread the word) for this Masquerade Ball themed competition.  During the show there will be many demo classes, vendors, a kids corner and even a live challenge just to name a few, so it’s sure to be tons of fun.     

Enjoy! 

Sidney- How long have you been cake decorating and how did you get interested? 

Lisa– I have been cake decorating professionally for 18 years. I was always artistic, as a child.  I would rather be drawing then doing my homework. Then when I got married, I was trying to find someone to do my wedding cake, other then a traditional cake.  At that time I couldn’t fine anyone.  I didn’t know where to look.   I did not like my wedding cake at all & told myself, I can do this and I started taking classes, and then moved on to Mini- classes &  Conventions, to learn my art from the best.  I always loved to learn new techniques.

Sidney-  How did you decide to start the Florida ICED Cake Competition?

Lisa– ICED was started by a conversation at Florida Mini-classes with Grace Jones. I always wondered whyFlorida didn’t have a big show.  We have some of the most talented cake decorators, right here in our backyard. So I said I was going to do it and then Melanie Judge said she wanted to be part of the Co-chairing on the show.   It took off from there.

Sidney-Did you have any idea it would be such a huge success?

Lisa-We knew people were hungry for a good show & excited to have it here inFlorida. Really we thought it would be well attended, but we were really stunted and excited when we got the turn-out we did.  We were not expecting that huge of a turn-out of people, but glad it happened.  It just showed us, how much people really wanted it.

Sidney- How did you come up with the Masquerade theme for this years event? 

Lisa– We made out themes to be voted on by the people attending the 2011 show. Masquerade Ball was my theme idea. When it won, it was the best! I knew it would make for a great theme. Bright, festive, colorful.

Sidney– What should we look forward to seeing at the Florida ICED Cake Competition this year?

Lisa- We have tried to add so much to the 2012 show, so everyone feels included and not left out. We wanted all ages & levels of your profession to have a place to come and not be intimidated to compete. We have great demo class teachers, judges (local & judges from Ultimate Cake Off), sponsorship (big prizes), vendors, Kid’s Corner, Live Challenge contest.  We most of all want everyone to look forward to having fun and making new friends and learning. This show is for all.  Decorators & spectators as well.

Sidney– You have some incredible sponsors this year along with great prizes! Tell us a little about them.

Lisa– Wow, where do I start?  We have so many top awards. Some of the ones I will mention are a Cruise by Icing on the Cake. Marivi Bassabe is giving away 2- individual mentoring packages to Overall-Youth division winner & The Shelley Robert’s Award ( both worth over $800.00 per).   A Kitchen Aid for Overall People Choice Winner. A $600.00 Wilton Student package from Simi’s Cakes & Confections.  The list is long of all the amazing prizes that have been donated to the winner’s & the raffle table charity cause.

Sidney- It seems that the Florida ICED is a year round job; do you have time to work on your own cake projects?

Lisa– (Laughing)- This is a great question! Most of the time ICED has consumed me for 2 years.  You finish one show and then it’s off to planning the next one.  ICED or any major event is so much work and time. It does cost me sometimes with taking wedding cakes, or wanting to go teach others & wanting to take classes for myself to improve & keep up with my art. I try to fit it all in. It does get hard to do.

Sidney– I know the wonderful girls from the Ocala Cake Club are volunteering their time, but Florida ICED  wouldn’t run without a great deal of help.  What volunteer positions are still available and why volunteer their time? 

Lisa– I have to say volunteers & committee persons are very important key to ICED.  No show is ever great without the help of many. As far as positions needed still?  We need some more for the demo class areas. You will get to sit in for free in these classes if you help in this area.  Also contact our Volunteer coordinator Kristin Nast, for all position available.  KNast7@gmail.com  Plus you get free shirts, masks, beads & some goodies from our sponsors & free entry into the show.

Sidney– What themes are you considering for next year?

Lisa– We will have a place to drop your votes for next year for our 2013 theme.  Some that we have come up with are, Paris Couture, Greek Mythology, Purses & Shoes, Child’s World, Tropical Florida.  So it will provide us with another exciting and creative year, depending on how the votes go.

The Florida ICED Cake Competition will be March 30 and April 1 at the Circle Square Cultural Center in Ocala, Fl.  Make sure to get your registration forms in as soon as possible for a spot to compete and to secure a seat in the demo classes!  You can find out more and download the registration forms at www.floridaiced.com .   Here is a link to Lisa’s website, http://cakesbylisa.net/, and for more information on the Ocala Cake Club email  OcalaCakeClub@gmail.com.   We will be at the show vendoring, teaching, and judging, so please stop by and say “Hi”!!    

Keep Life Sweet,

Sidney

www.simicakes.com

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