I've studied the art of French pastry and have a BA in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute. Like you, I care about how the goods I buy were made and about who made them. By choosing a local business that heeds transparency in all ingredients, you can make a difference, know that your goods were made ethically, and that your purchase supports a greater cause. To me, that means using real butter, never margarine. Real cream, never fake substitutes. Real products made by us by hand, never bought in to display as our own.
Because I use from-scratch ingredients and hand make every item, no two pieces are exactly alike. Each piece is unique, just like your event. Your gifts, your personality, your style are all reflective of what your desserts should be. We have a certain style and aesthetic that is original to us, and recognizable in the piping and decorating techniques we use.
Since starting in 2015, Hopscotch began selling custom cakes to friends and family and branched out to a commercial kitchen facility, Urbana’s Market at the Square, the Hob Nob market, Middle Market, Holiday Market, Champaign’s Tuesday Market, as well as our very own Holiday Pop-Up with other local designers. We’ve done collaborative work with Pear Tree Estate, iHotel, and the Champaign Country Club, just to name a few. We buy our cream from Kilgus farms, and as much of our produce as possible from other farmer vendors at the market.
Made in Champaign-Urbana.
While Illinois isn’t my home state, being here feels like home to me. After a long first year while exploring the area, I have come to love it here! Chambana is such a beautiful place, where heritage meets creativity and people come together to inspire and serve one another.
On my days off you can find me with my husband Travis and dogs Stranger and Gus at our home in our old house in historic Urbana. I love to meet the people who grew my food and then using the local, seasonal ingredients to cook at home. I'm a big fan of TV-Dramas and can often be found catching up on episodes of Game of Thrones or Downton Abbey ( or of course House of Cards, because it’s the best show on tv).
I'm Kaya Tate, pastry chef, social entrepreneur, and West Coast native. I design bespoke pastry goods from quality ingredients for adventurous, fun-loving individuals who want to create a healthy, sustainable lifestyle of a community of local artisans honing their craft.