Step into the world of Buttermilk Boutique, L.L.C, where Tie Whittaker’s passion for pastry is a lifelong journey that began in the heart of a kitchen with her beloved grandmother, Angel. From baking fresh pies, breads, and cobblers during her formative years, Tie’s familial hobby transformed into a business dream, leading her away from a prospective career in law and into the delectable realm of fine pastry.
The turning point came in 2010 when Tie faced the loss of her grandmother, Angel, to cancer. Motivated by a desire to honor her grandmother’s memory, Tie dedicated herself to her enduring love for all things pastry. In a bold move, she traded her legal pursuits for an apron, pastry bag, and a one-way ticket to Boston, where she embarked on the pursuit of culinary excellence, earning a Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy from Boston University.
After two fruitful years in Massachusetts, managing prestigious bakeries in Boston and working with the city’s top cake designer at Cakes To Remember, Tie felt the call to return to her Southern roots. In 2015, Buttermilk Boutique, LLC came to life in Clayton, NC, as a boutique pastry company specializing in nostalgic, luxury hand-crafted pastries, cakes, and plated desserts. These creations, marked by breathtaking presentation and design, showcase the essence of southern flavors, adorned with locally sourced ingredients from North Carolina farmers and purveyors.
Whittaker’s culinary talents have not gone unnoticed. Her sweet creations have been featured in notable publications such as VoyageRaleigh, NC Agriculture Stove Side Chats, Bustld Weddings, and Our State Magazine. She has demonstrated her skills on various platforms, competing on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games and winning accolades such as NCRLA’s Chef Showdown 2021 Pastry Chef of the Year and the 2019 People’s Choice Best Pastry Chef.
Beyond her accomplishments, Tie remains actively involved in the culinary community. She continues to contribute to professional kitchens throughout the Triangle and shares her expertise by teaching baking and pastry arts classes. To savor Tie’s exceptional desserts, visit Plates Neighborhood Kitchen in downtown Raleigh, NC, where the magic of Buttermilk Boutique comes to life on each plate.