A Bay Area transplant, Laci Sandoval grew up in South Dakota where she nourished her appreciation for farm fresh produce and protein, seasonal fruits and hand crafted baked goods. She left home after high school to pursue an art degree at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. While living in Oakland her love for pastry was sparked while working for Chez Panisse alum Alison Barakat at Bakesale Betty. Inspired to continue on in the culinary field, she then attended the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and was given the opportunity to work full time under the James Beard award-winning chef Nicole Plue at Redd in Yountville.
After graduating, Laci continued to learn and work in some of the finest kitchens in the region such as Boulevard, then as lead pastry chef and bread maker at Jack Falstaff and then moved on as Executive Pastry Chef at Camino. In 2010 she began working for Taste Catering and Event Planning in San Francisco. As Executive Pastry Chef at Taste, Sandoval was able to hone her pastry skills and cook for a star-studded list clients such as President Obama. Laci was named one of the Bay Area’s “Coolest Baking Babes” by Refinery 29 in 2012 and in 2013 “one of the top catering pastry chefs in the country” by Bake Magazine. Wedding and specialty cakes became a passion for her while working at Taste and her wedding desserts have been featured in many publications such as Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart, Food and Wine and Today’s Bride.
Travis Sandoval first discovered the magic of blowing glass at Palomar College in San Diego—a passion that would eventually take him to Seattle, a hotbed of renowned American glass artists. After honing his technical skills in the Pacific Northwest, Travis received his BFA in sculpture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2008. Since then, he has taught glass workshops at a variety of acclaimed schools including the famed Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Island, Maine, and the Toyama Glass School in Toyama, Japan.
In 2012 Travis launched Travis Sandoval Glass to create one-of-a-kind conceptual and functional glass art. He also works in close collaboration with designers, architects and celebrated artists such as Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra and the “underground architecture” group Ant Farm to produce custom glassworks.