Start-up baker cooks in Westmoreland kitchen
Some people know Luby Wind as a volunteer, busy in the kitchen, cooking for special community events. During her weekday, Ms. Wind is part of the "People and Strategies Team" at Mercy Corps.
But, this woman of seemingly boundless energy is also working on her "next career" – starting a homegrown "catering service and goodies bakery shop" under the names, "Fare Winds" and "Caffé Lubina".
"For friends and families I cook out of my home; but now that I'm selling my bakery items, I'm baking out of the 365 Commissary Kitchen on S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard at 18th Avenue," Wind said, as she hand-peeled a batch of apples.
"This kitchen is great, now that I'm cooking for public sale; it's licensed, so people know that I'm preparing it in a sanitary, approved environment.
"I took a break from food service about 25 years ago, and now I realize how much I like working with my hands – including peeling apples, making pies, baking breads, growing herbs for my cooking and catering," she said. "And when I turned 50, I got involved again in cooking and catering on the side, and I really wanted to go back to it."
A timer went off, and Wind hustled over to a convection oven where she took out trays. "These are nine pounds of 'Sweet and Sassy Nuts', a friend's recipe; I take orders for these around the Holidays."
"Most of my customers are from my neighborhood, or from co-workers of Mercy Corps," Wind said. "I haven't advertised much because, working by myself, I have only so much capacity – there are only so many apples I can peel in a day!"
What sets her products apart from those made by others, she told THE BEE, is that hers are made by her own hands, in small batches, from top quality ingredients. "Whether it is baking with my brother's challah bread recipe, my pies, cakes, or cookies – when you share foods that taste good, and are made with love, people know it."
She doesn't expect to have a storefront any time soon, but you can learn more on her Facebook page – www.facebook.com/lubena33