In the Beginning:
Dana Varney has owned and operated restaurants for many years.
Donna Joy came from a medical device manufacturing background.
Sedona Sweet Arts:
Sedona Coffee House, Bakery Cafe serving award winning items such as savory breakfast and lunch croissants, Over 3,000 square feet, enables Sedona Sweet Arts to have three kitchens. One is a dedicated Gluten Free Kitchen.
Our Story :
Sedona Wedding cakes have been created by Donna Joy since 2001, are a
Husband and wife team, Donna Joy and Dana Varney moved to Sedona from
Southern California in 1994. Shortly after they settled down, they started a
business and Sedona Sweet Arts was born. The merging of their backgrounds in
manufacturing and food has allowed Sedona Sweet Arts to grow to the business
it is today.
Donna Joy Varney
Donna Joy started a medical
manufacturing company in Lucerne, Switzerland. While living abroad, Donna
Joy loved studying the European methods of culinary pastry arts. Over the
years, she has shaped her artistic talents to become a Master Pastry Chef and
Sugar Artist specializing in the art of Pastillage.
Routinely requested by other cake artists and bakers, Donna's Pastillage flowers and bows are custom made. Pastry chef Donna Joy can create anything from molded chocolate to Pastillage flowers, custom sculpted sugar flowers and pulled sugar. Donna is also a Chocolatier able to make amazing truffles and confections. Her work is well known within the wedding industry, and, as a result, Donna Joy has won the Bride’s Choice Award from the Wedding Wire for the past two years. She was also awarded the best Wedding Cake in the state of Arizona by People Magazine in 2007 along with other numerous local awards. Donna Joy's work has been seen in national, state, and local publications.
Dana has over 30 years of experience in the restaurant business. This has been invaluable in putting together three separate operations within Sedona over the past 15 years. Sedona Sweet Arts started as a restaurant named Chill Out Café in 1994. Since then, they have done all types of food including retail and wholesale. The many thousands of hours of work and dedication have allowed the evolution of the business to become what it is today. Dana Varney has spent a lifetime in the food industry having owned and operated several food establishments in California and Arizona. Dana’s hard work and dedication has allowed him to assist in all aspects of the day to day operations of Sedona Sweet Arts. Dana’s management skills include assisting with the production, mixing and baking duties within their busy business allowing their excellent work to continue.