Feautured WomenCook! Chef: Lisa Bailey of D Bar Desserts

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We are TWO weeks away from our  7th Annual WomenCook! – Dining for a Difference event. Each week, leading up to the event, we have been highlight the chefs who will present their fine eats on May 2nd.

Today, we are proud to feature Lisa Bailey of D Bar Desserts

D Bar Desserts was created by Keegan Gerhard and Lisa Bailey and opened for business on May 24th 2008. Thanks to encouragement and unending support of Noel Cunningham, Chef and Owner of Strings the duo moved to Denver to create the unique dessert destination. Oh and don’t be confused by the name, D Bar also features an extensive wine list and some of the most delicious eats including one particularly tasty treat, the pizza salad sandwich. We actually had the opportunity to sample that sandwich when we sat down with Lisa to learn more about what inspired her to be a chef. Check out this interview:

Lisa Bailey is a Texan through and through – born and raised in Brazoria Texas. Her passion lies with all things food, especially pastry.

Lisa fell in love with her grandmothers Kitchenaid mixer at age 10 and has been dreaming of owning a place of her own ever since. At age 12 the decision had been refined. The “place” was to be a restaurant or B&B because she was going to be a chef. She has followed through with that dream and along the way the field of pastry chose her. Hot food was a struggle in the beginning but pastry always came easy.

Her ease with the culinary arts was obvious from the beginning when she won the Anne Criswell scholarship to attend the Art Institute of Houston. Since that time she has crafted her work experience with that one simple goal of preparing herself to open a place of her own. Excellence and diversity was her plan of attack. Consequently, her resume reads like the who’s who of the food and beverage industry including such places as Lilette in New Orleans, Four Seasons Hotel Company and opening Pastry Chef for Corsa restaurant inside Wynn Las Vegas.

Lisa fortified her efforts towards opening her dream place when she met her soul mate in love and pastry in Lyon, France at the World Pastry Cup. Lisa and Keegan brought their dream to reality with the opening of D Bar Desserts in Denver Colorado. Lisa was quickly named best new pastry chef in Denver by local media and D Bar named top 10 best new restaurants in Denver by 5280.

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