Nilda Arias/Sweet House
Chef Nilda says she was dragged kicking and screaming into the confectionary world and before she was ever knee deep into chocolate, cake batter and frosting she was enjoyed a successful career in radio broadcasting.
She credits her mom a self proclaimed
“Chocoholic” for unknowingly guiding her in the
right direction. Her mom had her own business for a
few years making chocolates, caramel apples and
other sweet treats. When the demands of running a
business became too much to do alone she enlisted
Nilda’s help and that’s where her love of pastry
began. However it was not an instant attraction, as
she had to quit her dream radio job to help out.
That left her going through the motions and just
doing whatever had to be done to make sure her mom’s
business was running smoothly and figured she’d go
back into radio once it wasn’t so busy. She helped
her mom for over 3 years and once that endeavor came
to an end she decided not to go back to radio and
what once was a chore became a true life passion.
Looking to learn more she enrolled in the pastry program at the College of Southern Nevada. It was there that she learned techniques from world renowned pastry chefs and industry experts who encouraged and helped further develop her love of pastry.
Nilda believes the learning never stops so throughout the years she’s taken various classes with some of the biggest who’s who in the pastry world. It’s that experience and knowledge that has helped her successfully run her private special order pastry business called Cake Chicas.
She’s had the pleasure of making treats for local businesses and organizations like The Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, Opportunity Village, Sunrise Children’s Hospital Foundation.
In early 2012 she opened a cake and candy supply business called Sweet House and most recently had the honor of providing the cast of Planet Hollywood’s PeepShow with special treats to commemorate their 3rd anniversary. She also works full time as a pastry cook at a major strip hotel and casino. A busy schedule indeed but Nilda says that she truly can't imagine doing anything else and that having found her true passion makes all the hard work and sacrifice worth it.
The event benefits one of the most amazing organizations in the world. will receive the net proceeds for this amazing chocolate and pastry show.