Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants adds a sweet new addition to their impressive culinary lineup, with the appointment of Callie Speer as the Executive Pastry Chef of Geraldine’s. Critically acclaimed for her innovative and nostalgic desserts, Speer brings an exciting, fresh perspective to the role. Set to open October 2015 on the fourth floor of the Hotel Van Zandt, Geraldine’s will feature contemporary, Austin-inspired cuisine, daily live music and expansive views of Lady Bird Lake.
A Texas-native, Speer got her start working in the kitchen of Austin’s Cipollina, before landing a highly-coveted pastry position at the neighboring fine dining establishment, Jeffrey’s. From there, Speer served as the Pastry Chef of Mars, before accepting a position working alongside famed Chef Shawn Cirkiel at his contemporary American concept, Parkside. In 2009, Speer joined Chef Cirkiel at his James Beard Foundation dinner, where she created the dessert pairing.
Prior to joining Geraldine’s, Speer worked with the Chameleon Group, serving as the Executive Pastry Chef of Swift’s Attic and as the Head Pastry Chef and Creative Director of Delish Bakery and Wu Chow. During her time with the group, Speer appeared on Bravo’s“Best New Restaurant” and developed a cult following for her whimsical dessert menu, earning a Food & Wine “People’s Best New Chef” nomination in 2013 and the title of “Pastry Chef of the Year” by CultureMap in 2015.
In her role as Executive Pastry Chef, Speer will be responsible for menu conception and day-to-day pastry operations. The menu, holding true to Speer’s pastry aesthetic, will put a fresh, new spin on childhood favorites, offering diners approachable treats with nostalgic undertones. The fall menu will feature a selection of seasonally-driven crowd pleasers, such as the Lemon Buttermilk Piewith apple butter and cornflake crunch.
After playing an instrumental role in setting Geraldine’s up for success, Kyle McKinney has parted ways with the restaurant to explore other opportunities.
Geraldine’s will be open for breakfast and dinner service seven days a week, in addition to Sunday brunch. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/geraldinesaustn.