WHO WE ARE
Laurel Gallucci, one of seven children, has baked delicious treats since she should turn on the oven: chocolate chip cookies for her brothers, beautiful layer cakes for community events. Even at an early age, Laurel liked to keep things simple. She always had an experimental eye, removing elements that seemed unnecessary and only using the best and most wholesome ingredients.
When she was struck with an aggressive auto-immune disorder, her doctor put her on a strict elimination diet, and told her "you'll never eat chocolate cake again." Because of her deeply emotional connection to food, Laurel struggled. After months of baking treats for her family and friends she couldn't touch, she finally said, "enough is enough" and started tinkering with the ingredients she could eat. When she shared her grain-free and refined sugar-free goods with friends, they were blown away. Laurel’s baked goods were tender and moist and full of flavor. They were the opposite of the pasty, brick-like gluten free and vegan goods that her friends had been used to eating. Excited by their reactions and encouragement, Laurel turned her test kitchen into Sweet Laurel Bakery so that everyone can enjoy healthful, simple treats.
Claire Thomas, the cook, writer, and photographer behind The Kitchy Kitchen, knew she was tasting something special when Laurel brought over one of her cakes. With her mouth full, she asked if she could partner with Laurel to form the Sweet Laurel brand.
Claire and Laurel's shared love of old fashioned cooking, Los Angeles history, and blush colored roses has led to a business founded in friendship. They believe that the best foods are prepared simply, and with the best ingredients.
Claire works as Sweet Laurel’s creative partner and developer, photographer, and fellow chocoholic. She ensures that their treats are as delicious and as beautiful as they can be.