Valentin Garcia

Vinny Garcia

Bleeding Heart Bakery

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Vinny’s tough upbringing taught him that, if he wanted to make it, he just had to do it. He’s been a butcher, a truck driver, a saucier. He’s a musician, a carpenter, an artist, and a dad. He built the first Bleeding Heart Bakery by hand, and he’s been responsible for the artwork and aesthetics of each of our bakeries ever since.

Vinny has worked with food for most of his adult life. But his true ascent began when he was hired as a catering driver for Wolfgang Puck—he was mistaken for a cook and put on the line. His skills were quickly noticed, and Vinny’s hands-on gourmet schooling grew and grew. In 2005, he opened the first Bleeding Heart Bakery with Michelle, his wife.

Today, Vinny’s the man behind all of Bleeding Heart Bakery’s visionary cake masterpieces. As with his many other skills, he’s entirely self-taught. He started by shaping fondant into little skulls and zombies, and moved on to sculpting entire cakes into the larger-than-life masterpieces that have made Bleeding Heart Bakery famous.

You can usually find Vinny performing his impressive feats of cake at our Belmont location. When he’s not doing that, he’s probably fixing something around the bakery. And if he’s not there at all, watch for him dominating cake and pastry competitions across the United States.

Christine Johns-Harris

Christine Johns-Harris : Not a crumb!

Not A Crumb! Exquisite Cakes

Christine Johns-Harris is the owner, head cook and bottle washer at Not a Crumb! Exquisite Cakes. Not a Crumb! Exquisite Cakes is a bespoke cakeshop that specializes in cakes out of the box taste and design! A self-described Cakeist (cake artist and pastry perfectionist), Christine’s early training came from baking cakes with her mother, and memories of fantastic birthday cakes, but all the rest comes from her vivid imagination, and extremely colorful dreams.

A graduate of both Syracuse University and Columbia University, Christine is a former special education teacher, whose first love is children. Along the way, she discovered a passion for creating edible works of art, and the joy in living vicariously through the happy moments of others.

Christine has been making cakes for the past ten years, and enjoys the challenge that comes from never making the same cake twice!

Kathleen D Miliotis

Kathleen Miliotis

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

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Atlanta native Kathleen Miliotis has over 10 years of experience and has brought an extensive wealth of knowledge to the kitchen at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse. As the executive pastry chef, she is responsible for overseeing the entire production of pastries and desserts, including creation and execution, recipe and menu creation, supervising, training, managing the pastry staff, and community involvement.

Miliotis began working in her mother’s catering service at the age of thirteen. In 1996, she traveled to Providence, Rhode Island to attend Johnson & Wales University to study culinary arts and has since been an avid lover of pastries. In 2001, she made her way back to Atlanta to study under Roy Yamaguchi, an Asian fusion pastry chef, allowing her to fuel her imagination and expand her creativity in the pastry world. In 2003, Miliotis relocated to New Jersey to join owner Russell Stern to open Harvest Bistro & Bar team as a pastry chef. During her time there, Miliotis received national recognition for her work, including The New York Times naming Miliotis as “a rising star, her French dessert so venerable they belong in the Louvre”, and has had the honor of baking for such organizations as Share Our Strength, Chocolate! For Cystic Fibrosis and at The James Beard House.

After moving back to Atlanta in 2006, Miliotis began working for Pano Karatossos and the Buckhead Life Group at Pano and Paul’s for three years. She continued her career at Baker’s Man with pastry chef and owner Mark Brikman, whose bakery has been compared as North Alpharetta’s version of “Ace of Cakes”. Miliotis is currently creating her beautiful pastries and desserts at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse located in Buckhead, and continues to impress diners and enthusiasts alike with her delicious creations.

Miliotis currently resides in Alpharetta. In her spare time, she enjoys golf, gardening, baking with her daughter Kora and spending time with her family.

Ramona Oskirka

Ramona Oskirka

Perfect Wedding Cake

Ramona grew up as the daughter of a baker. Her father owned and operated bakeries for over 60 years. She began baking and decorating, professionally, in 1976, being taught by her father in his bakery.

After she left her father’s bakery, Ramona worked for several private bakeries and a large grocery in-store bakery. During this time, she opened new stores, taught a multitude of new decorators, and helped write and design reference and procedure manuals for the company.

The job soon became a passion for cakes and a desire to venture out to find her own niche. Ramona’s creativity and desire to step out of the box led her to strive for new ideas and techniques.

“I love to take on new cake challenges as they help me continuously grow and evolve as a cake designer and artist.”