We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Lenis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, how do you define success?
For me, success is about working hard, doing my job well, driving home satisfaction. I want to be recognized as someone who always gives her best and tries hard to achieve her goals. If you work hard you will be able to achieve success.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My name is Anna Maria Lenis, I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Around the 2000 I decided to come to the United States. Daughter of Italians who emigrated to Venezuela in the 1950’s. Raised with both cultures (Italian: lots of food, and Venezuelan: lots of parties and joy) At home we always had to something to celebrate and the best way to do it was in the kitchen. I always remember that at home, there were parties where neither friends nor food were missing!!! Since I was little, I was always inclined towards the arts, design, literature, painting, etc. I never imagined that today I could apply all that to what I love to do. Create edible art. When you emigrate, you always miss those traditions, smells, sounds of the place where we grew up, but it is important not to forget them, on the contrary, it is vital to maintain the traditions and transfer them to the new generations, and teach them how important and proud we should feel for keep them! Thus, at home we always prepare traditional dishes of our lands, such as “Pan de Jamónn”, which consists of a soft bread roll filled with ham, raisins and olives, typical of Venezuelan Christmas parties! Every year in December we prepare it at home, and every time we are invited to a meeting or Christmas party, I usually prepare it so that everyone at the party can enjoy a little piece of my homeland and one of its traditions. This is how Aroma Desserts was born. People started ordering our delicious Venezuelan “Pan de Jamonn”. From there, cakes, Andean sweets, cookies, brownies, etc. Today I specialize in personalized custom cakes and all kinds of sweets and snacks for parties, birthdays, weddings, etc. Whenever I can, I try to update myself on what is trending. I educate myself, take courses, attend seminars, and try to invest in everything that helps me grow professionally in order to give the client a quality final product. I am always willing to create, invent and experiment, it is an essential part of the confectionery, confectionery, and kitchen industry. My goal is to capture the ideas that the client gives me to create the dream cake that they want for their event, not only beautiful to look at but also delicious to the palate. We are a family business, I work with my mom, who is my constant and unconditional support. We work hard, with great patience and detail, to create a unique cake for each client. Almost all of my decorations, including cake toppers, are edible, made from sugar, sculpted, hand painted, and some of the more detailed toppers take many hours, often days to create. I thank God for so many doors that he has opened for me on this path, that without thinking it became an undertaking and an unprecedented passion. I am infinitely grateful to my family, my husband, my mother, and daughter, for all the support they always give me. And super important, my most precious thanks to all the people who give me the opportunity to serve them, my loyal and constant clients, because without them this endeavor, which was a simple hobby, would not have become the entrepreneurship and business that today in day we have achieved.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I will take them for a tour on Downtown ATL: going to the Aquarium, Coca Cola, CNN building tour, the Botanical Garden. We would go to Helen, GA, I would take him to visit natural parks like Cloudland Canyon State Park, Stone Mountain, Biking at the ATL Belt-line. I’d take them shopping at the Avalon,Ponce City Market, and the North Georgia Premium Outlets. Taking them to eat ribs at Rib Country BBQ (Cleveland, GA), or to the Sundial to see the city from there, or to Chama Gaucha! I think in a week, we could cover all of this.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes, I would like to dedicate my triumphs and successes to my family: my husband, my mother and daughter. All three have been an important part of my growth as an entrepreneur. Without their unconditional support, I would not have been able to get to where I am today. I feel blessed for having them on my side.
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1st Picture Credit: Photographer: Carol Briceño @1PhotoTravel Location: Hecho A Mano ATL Crafting School, Duluth, GA