I’m thinking there should be a new and improved word for “thanks,” since that doesn’t seem big and bright enough to give to you in exchange for all you’ve done for Farm Sanctuary, and for the animals. For the lack of a better word, let me start by just that, then: THANK YOU, Lisa!
You went above and beyond what anybody thought possible—donating food to feed all 440 participants in this year’s NYC Walk for Farm Animals. The Walk for Farm Animals—of which you are our lead sponsor—is a vital fund and awareness-raiser for Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farmed animal protection organization.
Proud supporter of the Walk for Farm Animals
I have to start with a huge THANK YOU! for Lisa, as she was a complete joy to work with in planning our wedding. Totally laid back, not pushy at all, yet completely understood our vision and made us a cake that’ll be remembered for years.
We needed a vegan cake due to a bunch of different food allergies, and a small selection of gluten free treats for our bridal party. Lisa made both items perfectly, our cake was an amazingly rich, moist dark chocolate cake with raspberry filling and coconut buttercream. We’re still receiving compliments from our guests about how good the cake was. The best man had gluten-free green tea cupcakes with ginger buttercream frosting. He came over to me at the end and insisted I try the buttercream. It was amazing. He’s in sugar heaven right now with the leftovers.
Beyond everything being delicious, it was so incredibly personalized to us. We had blue as our wedding color, but didn’t want anything frilly. We were after cute and whimsical, but really didn’t know what to do. Lisa took our thoughts and made them into a 4 tiered water blue cake with little modeled penguins surfing and sliding all about it. It was darling! I think our guests took more photos of the cake than they did anything else!
So Lisa, again I have to thank you. Our wedding just wouldn’t have been the same without your sweet finishing touches.
I stopped by your booth yesterday at the Brewster Farmers’ Market and was delighted with my purchase of the “golden” cupcake and the tiered apricot, marzipan tri-color cookies. After leaving the market, I stopped at a deli in Somers to get a bagel and I saw those treats there and they looked awful, just as you said the ones in the store were made with shortening.
Anyway, I loved, loved, loved both of the treats I bought and will buy again.
Thanks for the best tasting goodies I’ve had in a long time.
I would like to thank you a million times for what a fantastic cake you made for my mother.
She absolutely loved the cookie monster and we tried to sing in his voice =). It just looked amazing and we marveled over your creation for quite some time before cutting into your hard work.
I know I gave you vague ideas but I knew from your website you were the pro and it surely showed in this cake.
Again, thank you for a magnificent cake and going above and beyond to deliver it when you were feeling horrible. I look forward to working with you for a side cake at the “future” wedding for the gluten frees in the room.
Hope this finds you well.
I meant to write a bit sooner – but wanted to say again – sent the same type email with my daughter’s cake – how BEAUTIFUL – everyone commented- and delicious Ezra’s 1st birthday cake was – you really went the extra mile on it. My mom LOVED the black and white cookie – so all the way around your desserts were a huge hit!
Thanks for the delivery and fitting me in, you helped make Ezra’s 1st birthday a big success.
all the best – Jamie
I’ve worked with the groovy baker on two occasions~ First for a friend’s baby shower and then for my wedding. Lisa is not only an incredible baker, but extremely personable and professional. I will continue to work with her in the future for all my party baking needs. Thank you!!!
My son was beyond thrilled at the sight of the awesome storm trooper cookies that you were able to make for us.
The cake is amazing- Ross and I can’t wait to put the figures on it and then we’ll take some pictures. The cake itself won’t last long!
It is so hard to work and not be able to do things the way you want to for the kids. You have become my birthday hero, and I can’t thank you enough!
Everything looks great, and Donovan is psyched. When your husband left, Donovan said, “Hey, I didn’t get to give the man a hug.”
Hugs from all of the Alvords to you your husband, Lisa.
May the force remain with you.
Just wanted to drop you a quick note of thanks for the incredible job you did in preparing goodies for HHLT’s holiday open house. Everything was delicious and the wonderful variety – from deliciously homey chocolate chip cookies to decadent chocolate nut toffee to tasty mini cupcakes dusted with 23kt. gold! – had our guests back to the buffet table again and again to try it all. Your handcrafted lollipops were a hit with both adults and kids (especially my kids!). Thank you so much for your beautiful work…again!!
You gave us so much, that we all took doggie bags home and are still enjoying your treats. You may be VERY busy after this, I think every guest took your card and vowed to call you.
Hope you and George have a wonderful holiday!
Director of Outreach & Development
Hudson Highlands Land Trust
Your cake design was just as spectacular, as my daughter was, for her Sweet 16 Party!
I found you one Saturday at the Farmer’s Market in Brewster, NY and saw your stand to be very inviting. I struck up a conversation with you and discovered that you are a very warm and caring person and that you make the most delicious treats too! I was planning my daughter’s sweet 16 birthday and was not going to settle for anything but “THE BEST”. This is what we found in you!
You talked with my daughter and me at length to search our minds to see what her dreams and ideas were. You were kind and patient as anyone could be with a soon to be 16 year old teenager. Yes, she did change her mind often, as they so do, but you were able to look into her mind a visualize what she was wishing for. You have such a fantastic style and creativity about you that is so pleasing to all with your sweet creations. You had asked if you could also have a creative license with the cake and we let you work your magic.
When it came to the big day for my daughter’s birthday she was so very happy. You tied in all of the elements from her party into this magnificent cake, from the different flavors of the cake and fillings, to the beautifully mastered artwork. When our guests were arriving, the first thing that was presented to them, was this stunning masterpiece that they were all going to sink their teeth into. Finally, it was time to cut the cakes and all you could hear were people smacking their lips just waiting to taste it. There was not one unsatisfied guest at the party!
Thank you so very much for adding your sweet confections to a wonderful time that we will never forget!
Every time I see you at the Farmer’s Market, I see my friend Lisa, not just “The Groovy Baker”.
Lisa made the cupcakes for our daughter’s wedding. She was a joy to work with during the selection process (yum!) and her cupcakes received rave reviews from all the guests. No one knew they were vegan until we told them. Her ingredients are all top of the line, her baked goods to die for and her joy for life contagious. Groovy Baker is the grooviest!
Without question, working with Lisa to plan my wedding cake was the easiest part of the whole wedding process. She took the vague ideas that I had and really brought them to life. I presented her with designs that I liked and she really went above and beyond to take those snippets of visual and make them into a cake design that truly matched my personal taste.
Lisa offered suggestions on flavors that would be perfect for the season and helped me to make those flavors my own. She urged me to think outside the box, to not limit myself to just the typical chocolate or vanilla options. The cake she created, with tiers of lemon cake with strawberries and vanilla cake with peaches and raspberries, was delicious and unique.
I really couldn’t have asked for a better cake for the event. Her enthusiasm for baking made it a delight working with her and I will definitely be a repeat customer.
Thank you again!
Chelsea (Jones) Bias
The cake was absolutely fabulous! Conrad was agog. Everyone loved how it looked AND tasted and wanted to know who made it. I’ve passed your details around to a number of people now.
After a long and exhausting day with the clean-up finally behind me I am cutting myself a nice sized slice and taking a load off.
Thank you so much for all of your wonderful work. I could not possibly be more pleased.
Lisa was absolutely a joy to work with. She did a groom’s cake and a gluten free birthday cake for my wedding this past May. She was wonderful from start to finish and the cakes were delicious and beautiful!! I will definitely work with her again and would highly recommend her to anyone, those with or without food restraints!
Well, I can’t thank you enough for all of the great work you did for Nuala’s birthday!
Chaos is my middle name, but this birthday happened during an especially frenetic time.
The cupcakes were delicious, and the whale tails worked great! All of Nuala’s teachers and friends loved the way they looked and how yummy they were. The teachers were interested in your allergy awareness – I left the boxes and the attached cards, and I told them they can find you at the Brewster farmer’s market.
Nuala’s cake was gorgeous!!!! We almost didn’t want to cut it, but then everyone (including my father-in-law who doesn’t like cake) had seconds! The coconut buttercream was outstanding!
You have a gift, and it served me and our family so well. Thank you for everything!!
See you at the farmer’s market!
Lisa is a tremendously talented baker. She has catered for events that I have thrown, all 100% vegan and 200% delicious. Her vegan baked goods are out of this world good — really delectable and decadent. Also, she’s a wonderful person to work with — always professional, fun, warm, and sensitive to your needs. I recommend Lisa without hesitation. once you try her food, you’ll be hooked.
Just wanted to let you know the cake (and the cupcakes) were a big success. I should have video taped Jillian when she saw the doll cake (kicking myself… hard)! The girl went nuts – understand she has been talking about a cake like this for months. She jumped up and down, spun around, ran and got her sister and the two of them jumped up and down for 5 minutes. It was so freakin’ cute.
The best was that night. With all the sincerity in the world, she hugged me and her dad and said, “Thanks for the party and that wonderful, great… very special cake.”
It was too sweet for words. You are very talented!
Thanks again xo,
Just a quick note to say that the cake and cupcakes were a huge hit!!! I had several people say that the cake was the best they’ve ever had. I had to agree as that is what I said when I tasted the cake you made for Brynn.
Not only was the cake beautiful and whimsical but it tasted AMAZING! You’ll be hearing from us again.
People were astonished by the cake, and when I brought it out I gave you a big ‘ol plug. I hear we’ll be having another of your creations at the Spellers on Saturday. . .
You were wonderful to work with. Creative, happy, calm, and so good at teasing out what we were hoping for. You hit it EXACTLY. And man, that cake was YUMMY. We’re hoping we weren’t so crazy that you’ll run screaming from us next birthday. . . we can’t wait to work with you again. Damn. Maybe I should leave John and get married again. Just for the cake.
Blessings of the universe on you,
Well – let me tell you the cake was the hit of the party!!!! Thank you sooo much. Loved it! I have one cupcake left with a sign “Hands Off” that’s mine, LOL.
Can’t wait till our next party to order again!
I just wanted to thank you so much for your wonderful cake you made for my grandsons christening. It not only looked incredible but it tasted even better than it looked. Every one at the party was talking about how beautiful the cake looked. I can’t thank you enough for the work you did. You made the day extra special.
Only the best in your future
We have been to endless weddings and witnessed the slices of wedding cake sitting untouched on the table. Not your cupcakes. Everyone ate them… not one, not two, but all three. Some guests got up to help themselves to the larger ones on the display, because they simply hadn’t had enough yumminess.
They looked spectacular and were plated beautifully. They tasted even better. They were an absolute hit. All the guests asked where we got them and your name was spoken from table to table. You were a delight to deal with from the very first email to the last delicious bite of cupcake. Thank you Lisa for helping to make Rachel and Chris’s wedding such a special day.
My very best,
My wife and I knew, early on, that we were interested in a Black Forrest cake, but we weren‘t really sure what the cake should look like. From the start, Lisa‘s incisive approach helped us get to the heart of the matter. She first showed us the range of what she has done (very extensive), and she then made clear the differences in her approach to any particular style of cake. We were impressed, for example, that Lisa took into account whether or not our reception site would be able to refrigerate and hold our cake, until the time came to serve it; if not, then maybe what we were considering wasn‘t the best choice.
From there, my wife and I pulled pages from bridal magazines of cakes that we liked. When we next met with Lisa, she had prepared several different tasting samples of a Black Forest cake — all of which were amazingly rich, and flavorful. I can‘t express how surprised we were when she told us that these samples were completely vegan! We were so impressed that we decided to go with a vegan cake. To this day, our friends and family still talk about how beautiful and delicious our cake was. They were blown away when we told them that it was actually good for them, relatively speaking!
In the end, Lisa made a cake that was truly for us. It combined rich flavors with an aesthetic that perfectly complemented our reception. She was extremely attentive to the requirements of our reception site and adhered to them meticulously. There just aren’t many people who apply their talent with the same passion that Lisa Wolf does. The results were far beyond our imagination.
Marc and Kieran LaGuardia
Just wanted to let you know the cakes were great and everyone enjoyed them. I also took some to work and everyone love the cake. Take care and you will definitely hear from me again.
I can’t let another day slip by without letting you know how pleased we were with your creations for my son-in-law’s 40th birthday party in mid January. Rave notices abounded by vegans and carnivores alike. The quality and assortment of food you offered was wonderful. On top of that you were great to work with and so helpful with suggestions! Jen and I enjoyed meeting you and seeing the operation at the Indigo House–so cool in itself.
You can count on our spreading the word promoting The Groovy Baker.
You are the BEST–I am still not really awake after the event yet–but you were seriously the glue for the entire event. Various people have blogged about it–Baratunde Thurston, for instance. Many Bard people were talking even today, once again, about the Groovy Ones–the two of you–I think we need to be able to celebrate you more directly!
I think it’s all been mostly devoured at this point, although I am still savoring the black and white cookies, sin that they are, as I have already had one.
The best quote, from Binyavanga Wainaina, the Director of the Achebe Center: “The Groovy Baker should be illegal.” We will be sure to have you cater another event as soon as we can. You were generous and amazing in every possible way. I really felt like your aesthetic added to the impact of the entire event–and I knew it would.
We will do this again, for sure–
I just wanted to let you know that all cupcakes were fantastic. The mini ones for the party were awesome tasting.
I even had a bit of the frosting, couldn’t resist. The Cherry Lime Rickey, were perfect.
The others I took home, to be savored another day. Just wanted to thank you again. take care.
Hi Lisa -
I wanted to thank you for all that you did….. The Cupcakes were a hit….. Everyone loved them…. They thought it was the best thing ever…. They were like hounds – eating them all….. I wanted to get a picture of them before people went to eat them – but I was not fast enough!
As soon as they were brought out – everyone was all over them…. I can’t tell you how many people came up to asking me where I got them from – can they get them and so on…… My mom loved hers also…. I think the first one to go was the Hot Monkey Love – which I did not even get to taste!
Thank you again for everything….
Hi Lisa -
I gave your name to my Aunt to order Cupcakes for my cousin Grad. Party on Sunday… OMG – The Peanut Butter ones…… I could eat like 20 of them…. And the Cake Wow…
I have to say – everyone loved them…. I can’t wait until I have another party to order from you!
We are back from our honeymoon and wanted to thank you again for all your attention and the amazing cupcakes that were an absolute hit at our reception. Just as you suspected, guests couldn’t wait or get enough and were often seen popping an extra into their mouth.
They were beautiful,fun and delicious. The cookies at the ceremony were incredible as well.
The gluten free cupcakes and cookies made my mom( she loved them) feel loved and included. It was a pleasure working with you and George. You both have such wonderful energy and heart. I look forward to seeing you at the farmers markets and I know our paths will continue to cross.
WOW, you really outdid yourself!! A highlight of the party was pulling the mermaid head out of the cake while all the 6 yr olds gasped and giggled endlessly. Totally magical. Once again we can’t thank you enough!
Lisa that cake was UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So pretty and so delicious! THANKS!!!
Lisa, the cupcakes and cookies were out of this world!!! Everyone loved loved loved everything. You did a fabulous job. Thank you so much for all you did, it was beyond wonderful! Until our next celebration …
Thank you SOOOO much. Everything was a huge hit … the walnut blondie…. OH MY GOSH. Everything was great and I really appreciate how on top of everything you were and how magically delicious the goodies are. My room mate was thrilled with the gluten free stuff, she tried the brownie bites and loved them. I will definitely be emailing you again soon for round number 2.
Goodness, where do I start? How delicious the cupcakes were? How amazing they looked? How everyone and their mother wanted to come to my house to eat them? Ha!
I shared some with my family yesterday. All were a big hit! My mom loved the dark chocolate pumpkin and my dad loved the turtle. I truthfully can’t decide which was my favorite. They were all so yummy. The frosting on the red velvet was exquisite. Did I detect some lemon in it? Whatever it is, amazing.
And you definitely need to offer the dark chocolate with the pumpkin frosting as a regular. That would do SO WELL for Autumn. They were so delicious.
James also wanted me to tell you he loved the vanilla apricot. Those didn’t last long.
I think we have a precious few left. I’m savoring them
Thank you for your amazing goodies and for making our anniversary a delicious one. I am doing Thanksgiving here at my house and may have to order up some of those dark chocolate pumpkin cupcakes!
You’re the best!
LuuLay, Inc | luulay.com
Yummy cake. Everyone loved it. My son was so happy with the snake and no one went into peanut shock.
Thanks so much!
I want to thank you so much for everything. The party was a compete surprise to my husband…he was shocked! And everyone LOVED the food.
My mom had so much fun watching one of her picky brothers finish off a chocolate espresso cupcake and then tell him “That’s VEGAN! So there!” Everything you made was a huge hit and we hardly had anything left at the end of the day. I think I sampled everything. The spanakopita was OUTSTANDING. My uncle downed 6 or 8 mushrooms before someone told him there was no meat in them. And my husband ate 4 1/2 cupcakes by the day’s end.
You’re the best, and I wouldn’t hesitate to call you if I ever do anything like this again.
I can’t believe it’s all over now!!!