Lady Kelly MacVeanand her daughter,Chef Kirstie Wohlfeil, are both lifelong pursuers and connoisseurs of epicurean food and drink, earning degrees and experience internationally throughout the years. Together, they opened La Dolce – Italian for “the sweet” – in November 2012 to share their passion and expertise with the public. Kirstie combines her talents as executive pastry chef with Lady Kelly’s tea master knowledge to serve La Dolce customers.
Since she was four years old, Chef Kirstie has loved baking. She worked part time at a world-renowned bakery through high school and college, in addition to working as a baker at a wedding cake business. She went on to graduate top in her class from the New England Culinary Institute, where she received the Baker of the Year Award. After graduation, Chef Kirstie worked at The Green Boundary Club, Aiken; The Willcox, Aiken; and The Old Edwards Inn, Highlands, North Carolina, gaining a varied experience of providing fine dining.
Lady Kelly’s experience with tea began as a child, fondly remembering her mother relax with a daily cup. When living in England for three years, she expanded her experience by visiting and researching hundreds of tea rooms to fully absorb the culture. She has earned tea master certifications from the U.K. Tea Council and the International Tea Education Institute. She is also a certified tea hostess, specializing in various tea ceremonies.