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Lisa Donovan: Pastry Chef, Artist, Mom

Posted: April 16th, 2011 | Filed under: artist, chef, feature, great face, restaurant | 5 Comments »

I think I first met Lisa Donovan and Maggie over at Allison Murasic’s house, last year, during one of Allison’s Red Barn Roundups. Maggie was playing with Jill Earl’s son, Ollie, and they made a striking young couple. Maybe it was combination of Ollie’s crazy-wild hair, and Maggie’s vivid blue eyes, but I had to stop to photograph them.

Lisa is married to John Donovan, who has a show up at Zeitgeist right now. They also have a son, Joseph, who attends the Waldorf School, on Hillsboro Road. Lisa went to art school, but soon followed another one of her passions, into food. She worked at City House, before coming over to Margot Cafe in East Nashville, to be Pastry Chef. See the photos below, for some of her creations.

Some people just have a radiance about them. Lisa just glows. Plus that trademark laugh. Stop in to Margot Cafe one night — have a light entree, and head right for the desserts and that famous french-press coffee.

(Above image): Lisa, with her daughter Maggie, at their school in East Nashville.

(Above image): Focaccia bread, at Margot’s.

(Above image): Lisa’s rhubarb pie.

(Above image): Chocolate praline pie, in the window, at Margot’s.

(Above image): From Margot Cafe, Lisa’s lemon cornmeal cake with strawberries and cream.

(Above image): Pralines, right out of the oven.

(Video): Lisa, in the kitchen at Margot Cafe, and with her daughter at school.

All photographs and content © 2011 Mark Tucker. All rights reserved.

5 Comments on “Lisa Donovan: Pastry Chef, Artist, Mom”

  1. 1 kristin said at 6:40 am on April 17th, 2011:

    Finn’s future wife.

  2. 2 tamara said at 6:49 am on April 17th, 2011:

    you could shoot food for a living too.!

    made me hungry

  3. 3 Matthew Furman said at 8:17 pm on April 18th, 2011:

    Really great work Mark. Inspiring.

  4. 4 Forrest MacCormack said at 11:39 am on July 20th, 2011:


    As always – what you do is an inspiration. Wondered where you had “gone” since your other blog hasn’t been updated in a while. Now I know! I found your “My day with” series.

  5. 5 Diane Peachey said at 10:49 am on July 29th, 2011:

    Wonderful! What a gorgeous child!