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A Family Affair
Lady Kelly MacVean and her daughter, 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 American Tea Master Association. She is also a certified tea hostess, specializing in various tea ceremonies.
Cameron MacVean joined his mother and sister for the opening of La Dolce to bring customers fresh-baked bread every morning. Cameron is a self-educated artisan bread baker, who also creates our delicious cookies and scones.
La Dolce brought on Retail Manager Tristan Noelle in December of 2014. She manages the front of the business, which includes functioning as head barista and helping customers with specific order requests.
Summer McGowan joined our team in February 2017 as our new baker and line cook. She has been a great addition to our team and is always willing to do whatever needs to be done.
Lady Kelly and her husband loved their time in England so much, they purchased property in the Scottish Highlands, establishing their titles as “lady” and “laird.”