Homecoming Chef Feature: Dani Mitchell-Turk

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Homecoming Chef Feature: Dani Mitchell-Turk

“You know, you wouldn’t hire me at BRAVO! the first two times I came and applied,” remembers Dani Mitchell-Turk as she reflects back to 1995 and the times she came into the restaurant, resume in hand, to ask for a wait staff position.  “I never understood why you didn’t snap me up right away, but I do remember you saying yes when I brought you a slice of my famous Ana Pavlova dessert!”

Thus began what would be a two-decade relationship between Jeff Good, Dan Blumenthal and Dani Mitchell-Turk.  Starting as a member of the wait staff in the early start-up years of BRAVO!, Dani moved on to lead the front service counter at Broad Street when it opened. She then moved to take over the bakery when it was located at the Cabot Lodge – Millsaps, a roll she excelled at until 2009 when she opened her own confectionery and catering business – For Heaven’s Cakes and Catering located on Ridgewood Road in North Jackson, just up the road from both of her former stomping grounds with us at BRAVO! and Broad Street.

“I really have never met anyone like Dani – she is the full package of talent,” states Jeff.  “She’s engaging, funny, smart, driven.  She has a great eye for detail, an incredible talent for baking, a worker’s strength for production, and an artisan’s drive for quality.  She is one of a kind, and we were lucky to have her share so much of her talents with us over the 14 years she was with us!”

Today, Dani is known throughout central Mississippi for her amazing wedding and special occasion cakes. A phone call to her shop may be met with an answering machine stating that they are booked for the month for special cakes, but her retail shop is open Wednesday – Friday for walk-in treats.  “Dani has the best cupcakes this side of the moon,” states Chef Dan.  “And she has this date bar… she makes them for me every holiday season for Hanukkah… I have to hoard them to keep my family out of them!”

Dani will be returning to BRAVO! for one night as a part of our Chef’s Homecoming dinner, and she will be anchoring the event with the dessert course.  “I cannot wait to come back and see all my old friends, not only in the kitchen, but out in the dining room!  It’s going to be a great night!” exclaimed Dani when asked about the evening.

Want to learn more about For Heaven’s Cakes and Catering?  Follow Dani on Instagram or Facebook .

Dani’s featured dish for our Homecoming Dinner:

white chocolate-passion fruit cheesecake / gingersnap crust / passion fruit glaze

To read more about our Homecoming Dinner and see the rest of the menu click here.

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