Jill Donaldson

Owner, PastryBase





Give us the skinny on PastryBase?

At PastryBase, we handmake vegan and gluten-free baking mixes and baking kits so that you can whip up some all-natural pastry fun at home! Not only do we use high-quality, trustworthy ingredients in our mixes, such as organic pure cane sugar, unbleached/unbromated/unenriched flours, and real vanilla beans, but we also curate a collection of natural decorations and fun tools to include in our baking kits so that everything you need is ready to go when you are. (Think Unicorn Cupcake Kits with vegan organic fondant and sprinkles dyed with vegetables instead of chemicals!) Best of all, our seasonal baking kits can be delivered straight to your door with our monthly baking subscription!

Where did you go to get information on permits, licenses, and registration?

For me, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services was a great resource.


What’s the best piece of advice you have been given this past year?

You can't pour from an empty cup. Don't forget that taking care of yourself has to be a priority, or else you won't be able to properly nourish your business or your loved ones.


What is the best meal or drink you have ever had?

In recent memory, I'd have to say dinner at The Broken Tulip in Carytown.


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