Flowery Branch baker bakes cookies for World Series
If she wasn’t before, Mary Wieland, a pastry chef at Flowery Branch, is definitely a Braves fan these days! Wieland’s quirky and sweet creations at his home bakery Vanilla Villian recently caught the attention of some people in Truist Park in Smyrna.
Mary was asked to bake cookies for Game 3 of the 2021 World Series, the first World Series home game in Atlanta since 1999.
And she said no.
Before Game 3 on Friday night, the last time the Braves won a home game in the World Series, it was the series that won Game 6 of the 1995 Fall Classic against the Cleveland Indians. So this offer is not an offer that comes everyday.
I got to ask Mary a few questions about her big league experience in an exclusive interview for the North Gwinnett Voice. Here is a bit of our conversation. Read on to find out the rest of the story!
NGV: How were you asked to make these cookies?
Wieland: âI received an unexpected email on Tuesday October 26th. The email requested 1,500 World Series cookies. I knew the World Series had already started, so I felt the turnaround should be pretty quick. I exchanged a few emails asking for more information and found out that they wanted them before Friday October 29th. My bakery is a licensed cottage home business, so I don’t have multiple ovens, large storage areas, automated processes, or employees. It’s just me and my love for baking. I declined the order and wished them luck in the World Series. The next day I got another email asking if I could make just 60 for each Atlanta game on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
NGV: Who reserved you and who were the cookies?
Wieland: âThe hotel division of Truist Park. They are in charge of catering and catering. They were reserved for VIPs in the Truist Park suites.
NGV: How did you feel when you booked the concert?
Wieland: âAt first I thought it was a joke or a scam. Who receives a random email for an order for one of the biggest sporting events of the year? Once I realized that this was a legitimate request, I wondered how they found me and was surprised that they wanted to work with someone they hadn’t. never even placed a regular order. I asked how they found me and my contact Pete told me that Barrett’s Baked Goods in Buford recommended me. I was shocked that with this recommendation and my social media portfolio, I received the order. I am extremely grateful to Barrett for passing on my information. I felt almost all the emotions of shock, astonished, proud, nervous, confident, excited and fearful. It was overwhelming at times, but I knew I had to focus. This type of order seemed to me to be a unique opportunity that I had to seize. I didn’t feel bad at first saying no to 1,500 cookies because I knew it just wasn’t possible in the allotted time. I could have done it with about 6-8 weeks notice, but not two days. When they came back with a more workable amount, I couldn’t say no.
NGV: Is this your first job in the âbig leagueâ?
Wieland: âIt’s not the biggest order I have ever taken, but it is definitely the most important order. I have made several orders from large private companies and Christmas parties, but this is the World Series! It’s hard to beat.
NGV: How many cookies did you have to make?
Wieland: “Overall they ordered 180 in total.”
NGV: Did you create the designs, or were you asked to use some?
Wieland: âI was given the logos they wanted to use. They only asked for a mix of two logos; one for the Braves and one for the World Series. Given more notice for the order, I would have liked to have had some time to create custom designs to incorporate as well.
NGV: Did you meet any of the players or see any part of the game?
Wieland: âUnfortunately, no. I made delivery to the stadium loading dock for the three-day orders in early Friday afternoon. “
NGV: Have you had any feedback on cookies?
Wieland: âOther than the appreciation they showed on delivery, I didn’t hear anything else. Hope to hear something next week once the Braves win – hopefully in Game 5 tonight!
NGV: Something you would like our readers to know about you, your company, or this experience?
Wieland: âI officially started my bakery two years ago, so I continue to grow my business while working full time. Most of my business comes from referrals and repeat customers. I am so happy when someone decides to have me create something beautiful and delicious for their special event, but it means even more when they come back again and again or send their neighbors, friends and family to me too. I really have the best clients ever!
For those superstitious sports fans, Mary may have to relight her oven; VIP Braves fans enjoyed Mary’s cookies during Games 3 and 4, celebrating two back-to-back home wins for the Braves. Fans are hopeful that the Atlanta team will win the World Series title in Game 5 tonight, as the best-of-seven streak currently has the Braves leading 3-1.
For more information about Mary and her business, visit https://vanilla-villain.square.site.