Meet Grace. She bakes your favorite Fressen pastries.

Grace Hartzell is a newlywed. She is a fan of Billy Joel. She's fun, talented, and loves socks. She's worked at Fressen for over 2 years, and unwittingly made the owner's wedding cake. (It was perfect). Here's a dash more about the artisan behind all those delicious croissants, brioche, danishes, monkey bread, and... well... what's your favorite?

Grace, what is your favorite dessert?

My favorite dessert is German Chocolate Cake. I'm not sure exactly why, it just always has been. I remember my Grandma making it a lot when I was little, for birthdays. She never made it with chocolate icing, though--just the chocolate cake with pecan-coconut frosting.

Why do you like baking?

I like to bake because it's fun, I get to put my whole being into making things for other people and watch them be excited that they get to try something new...or have something from scratch, that was made from the heart. I love when something I've made brightens someone's day or makes them feel better. It makes me feel better, knowing that I have helped someone. And made their day a little better.

What's your sock deal?

I don't know when it started. I just know that as time has gone on, I've gotten more. I had a few pair that I wore a lot as an expression of myself. I never liked to "fit it", and my friends and family started buying me more socks so I wore more socks. It just kept going and now if I wear something and you're going to see my socks, I wear crazy fun socks. That's just me and I can't be anything but me.