Cevinyon was truly born out of a love of cookies and the goal is for you to fall in love with cookies all over again. Cevinyon doesn't offer just delectable cookies, it offers your senses something unique yet familiar and perfectly imperfect. Cevinyon is the only bakery that bakes cookies and hand cuts them to give you the best of both worlds: chewy centers and crunchy edges. As non-traditional as our flagship cookies are, Cevinyon believes in tradition, preserving the beautiful tradition of southern baking and being proud of that deep rooted culinary heritage. My paternal and maternal lineage hails from Alabama and Mississippi, so much of the inspiration comes from regions in those states. But trust me, the southern baking tradition is as wide as the Mississippi River, and traditions can sometimes change by crossing the street! So be sure to follow our journey as we begin to bring more of the south’s treasures to your home.
My name is Tenja Young and this is what I know:
I was a late bloomer. I've hated more jobs than I've liked. It's taken me years to discover my love affair with food, in particular, it has also taken years to teach myself that the southern baking tradition is just as worthy, rich and elegant as baking traditions across the seas. I am not a trained pastry chef (although, I wish I were) and aside from a few stints in local DC bakeries, I am self taught. I am indecisive, not my best quality, but I am consciously working on this. I have failed too many times to count and I have compared myself to others successes far too often. I am perfectly imperfect in every aspect and I am finally getting to a point of acceptance. Not only am I perfectly imperfect, but so is every single cookie, cake, pie, or bread that I bake. That is the beauty in us and that is the beauty in creating food by hand.