Leslie Milton

 

It all started when...
I began sending care packages to my daughter, Emma, then a college freshman. The care packages kept coming and were fiercely coveted by many. An unexpected, life-changing opportunity came along next and I embraced it.

Following graduation from L'Art de la Patisserie program at Chicago's French Pastry School in June of 2015, always an avid traveler and passionate learner,  I embarked on a diverse series of exciting apprenticeships: the iconic America's Test Kitchen in Boston, the extraordinary Pierre Hermé Pâtisserie in Paris, and the Camelot of home bakers, King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vermont. Within days of putting down roots in Williamstown, MA after a whirlwind 2 years on the road, I set about making my dream - GoodNight Kitchen - a reality.

I have a curious and adventurous outlook on life, resulting in a wide variety of experiences across a unique collection of careers. Life B.P (before pastry) includes a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. I was Vice President of Marketing and Special Events at J.P. Morgan for 14 years, before stepping off the corporate treadmill to stay home with my daughter, Emma - now a 29 year old who has aggressively inherited the baking gene. In 2008 I became the Director of Individual Giving at the Tenement Museum in New York City, where I was responsible for raising a few million dollars a year as well as planning and executing the annual Gala and a number of other donor events.

Finally, years after sending Emma the most anticipated care packages at Northwestern University, I crafted a new beginning as a pastry professional. The rest, as they say is history.

 

 
Emma and I sharing an excellent adventure in Antarctica

Emma and I sharing an excellent adventure in Antarctica