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Kneading the dough — Baking passion turns into a career

By Tony Hooker

Growing up in Southern Illinois, some of Paige Bertrand’s fondest memories involve being in the kitchen, baking with her mother.
Fast forward to today, and Paige has turned that love and passion into a career.

“After many years of doing baking for fun, I decided to go to culinary school so I moved to Saint Louis and went to Le Cordon Bleu, specializing in baking,” she related.

After her training, Bertrand who has three children, 17-year-old Halley, 12-year-old Isaiah and 3-year-old Julian Alexander. then returned to Villa Grove and started her business, Dough Re Mi Bakery, out of her home on Pine Street, with the clever name being an homage to her two passions, music and baking.

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PAIGE BERTRAND shows off some of her creations.

1 Comment

  1. Dennis Cockrum on March 31, 2024 at 7:56 pm

    Happy Easter Paige! A great story, Judy Turner gave me the article to read and brought over some of your cake to try.

    My partner Joel and I are dog and bird sitting on Hickory Lane for friends, we live in Champaign.

    My Mom’s family is from the My Vernon area. my Dad’s family is from Benton and Sesser
    I did my student teaching at Casey Jr High in 1978 and then I substituted at Field School for a semester for Brenda Stonceipher.

    My Mom and Dad divorced in 1961 and she and I moved to Tuscola then to Camargo . I graduated from VGHS in 1974. We have our 50th HS reunion this Memorial Day weekend. I’m on the planning committee. We might need to think about some cupcakes.

    We should talk sometime. I have a Sound of Music story that relates to Tuscola.

    Good luck with your business venture.

    Happy Easter.
    Dennis Cockrum

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