We had the good fortune of connecting with Winter Fate Morvant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Winter Fate, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. New Orleans became my second home as a young adult – it’s where my heart is and will always be.
I was raised by a mother from beautiful McComb, Mississippi and a father from “down the bayou” in Thibodaux, Louisiana. My dad is a retired Louisiana State Trooper and Military Veteran so he was strict on me growing up – and I’m so thankful he was. He instilled a lot of things in me that made me into who I am today – honor, respect and structure. If I had to make a list of my favorite qualities about myself – I bet you most of those would stem from how my dad raised me.
Growing up in the south during the 90s and into the 00’s did teach me a lot about the way the world works and during that time, I started finding my own voice. I had very different perspectives, opinions and views than seemingly everyone around me and it was a bit rough. I always knew I was different and that I didn’t want to just go along with the status quo like every other kid did. What it taught me is that it’s ok to disagree, ok to be different, ok to have your own voice. Today, I use that voice to speak out in support of the topics that I’m passionate about – equality, being actively anti-racist, progress of the LGBTQ+ community and women’s rights. No matter who you are, how you identify, who you love or what you look like – you are welcome at my table anytime.
Not everything was bad – don’t get me wrong. My parents instilled in me a love of down-home southern and Cajun food. I saw my parents cook the most amazingly delicious food nearly every day of my life growing up, so I was constantly surrounded by food that makes your heart and soul happy – but certainly not your waist line (haha). When I moved to California at 26 years old for a fresh start, I brought that love of food with me. I held onto it to make me feel like I brought a little bit of home with me to a big, new, intimidating city.
I cooked Cajun and Southern food for my new friends I made after I moved and created an environment that I always had back home – one where you could just show up, have a good meal and feel loved. My friends certainly enjoyed it. Fast forward a few years after moving to California – I started an in-home bakery where I created and sold treats inspired by classic
Southern desserts. Everything from cakes, cupcakes, cookies, puddings and pies – I make it all. You can bet your bottom dollar it’ll feed your soul.
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the qualities my parents worked hard to instill in me. My dad shaped me into a very hard worker – an honest worker, someone who appreciates every opportunity I earn. He taught me the way to make people happy is through food they can share with their family. My mom fostered my love of animals and rescue work.
I’m so thankful to my family – they taught me who I wanted to be and who I didn’t want to be.
What should our readers know about your business?
I own and operate Winter Fate Bakes out of my home in West Los Angeles. It’s growing fast, but I’m so incredibly thankful! What sets WFB apart from other bakeries in town is my core tenet – kindness. Everything I do revolves around kindness – from the treats I offer to the organizations I support with the money I make. My treats are meant to be shared with those you love – and that means bigger portion sizes and some treats that are even safe and heathy to share with your dog.
In 2020, WFB was able to donate over $6k in donations, product and needed items to the following organizations:
– I Stand With My Pack
– The Trevor Project
– Children Mending Hearts
– The Midnight Mission
– Watts Empowerment Center
– Black Lives Matter
In 2021, so far, WFB has been able to donate over $1.5k in donations, product and needed items to the following organizations:
– an effort organized by Lenora Claire to aid survivors of domestic abuse
– Wagmor Pets Dog Rescue
– Austin Pets Alive!
– Dallas Pets Alive!
– Houston Pets Alive! – I Stand With My Pack – Twinspire
Having such a large charitable component to my business is very important to me. It’s a small, but mighty business.
Navigating the COVID-era quarantine safely while running a bakery was a challenge, but one that I was up to and proud to work through. Not much changed for me business-wise – I just changed my pickups to be no-contact. I was very lucky and thankful to have work throughout 2020 – so I did my best to pay it forward.
– I offered free birthday cupcakes to any child in Los Angeles who was unable to have a birthday party due to quarantine.
– I made over 1000 treats and pans of Cajun food for the first responders and doctors/nurses at several LA-area hospitals to thank them for their selflessness.
What I want the world to know about me and my bakery is this is that all are welcome here. I’m so thankful for the support of my amazing customers and I will continue to support organizations in my community that are doing amazing work for those who need it. You can bet that when you place an order with Winter Fate Bakes for a treat for yourself or your dog – you’re going to get a top-notch, one-of-a-kind treat made with love.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I always love bringing folks who visit to the Griffith Observatory – it’s where I made up my mind that I wanted to move to California some day. It offers a beautiful view of so many different parts of LA. I’d bring them to the beach in Malibu. My favorite park in LA is Burton Chace Park in Marina Del Rey. My dog and I visit multiple times a week for a morning walk to watch the sea lions play. I’d of course show my guests Hollywood, but I’d explain that it smells just like Bourbon street and we’d drive on by.
As far as places to eat – I’d bring my guests to Sakura Japanese Restaurant on Centinela in Culver City. Hands down the best sushi in LA. For breakfast, a must-visit is The Royal Egg in Agora Hills. This place is AMAZING.
Last but not least, I’d bring them to Alta in West Adams. Chef Keith offers incredible Southern-inspired food and my Southern 7-Up Cake is on their menu for dessert!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t be where I’m at today without the love and support of my parents and my partner, Geoff Shames of Crowd Control Digital in Los Angeles.
I’d also like to thank my friends and former coworkers who encouraged me to turn my passion of baking into a business. Doing so allowed me to take my hobby to another level and has allowed me to fund multiple organizations that are important to me and my community- I Stand With My Pack, The Trevor Project, Black Lives Matters, The Midnight Mission, plus many other dog rescue organizations and groups that help domestic abuse survivors and programs for children in need.
Most of all, I’d like to thank my dog, Deuce. Every day I wake up and strive to be the person he deserves to have as his mom.
All photos by me