An exciting new project in Ballard is causing some changes in one of the city’s premier restaurant pastry programs. Lucy Damkoehler, whose doughnuts back in her days at Taste at SAM are now the sweet stuff of legend, is leaving her current post at MistralKitchen. She’s joining another talented dessert doyenne, Autumn Martin, at her forthcoming Hot Cakes shop.
Stepping into the top pastry role at MistralKitchen is Jill Severson, who now gets to be the boss of the station she has worked since chef William Belickis opened the restaurant in late 2010. Severson has a pastry background and worked under both Damkoehler and her predecessor, Neil Robertson, whose new Crumble and Flake bakery sells out faster than a Friday night performance of the Book of Mormon.
Per the press release, Mother’s Day will be Damkoehler’s final hurrah in the kitchen, and Severson will debut her first dessert menu early this summer.