Stuart McFaul had his partner Nick’s birthday surprise locked in: a homemade cake in Nick’s favorite flavor. But when an urgent work trip called him out of town until the night of Nick’s birthday, Stuart found himself in need of a backup plan—fast.
Luckily, he knew just where to turn. The San Francisco-based marketer has hired Thumbtack pros for any and everything—from planning a 26-person Thanksgiving party to staging photoshoots for his dinnerware company. Stuart completed a Thumbtack request and met with pastry chef Jarisara of JC Pastries soon after to try out recipes for Nick’s cake. Over a year later, Jarisara is still Stuart’s go-to professional for all things sweet.
Thumbtack Pro JC Pastries to the Rescue
“Nick loves vanilla cake and I was really intent on making one from scratch for his birthday,” Stuart explained. “I looked into cupcake recipes and tried a couple out until I found the perfect one. I had everything I needed to bake it and surprise him on the night of his birthday.”
But Stuart’s preparations ground to a halt when he was called out of town for work. Suddenly, he was in need of a pastry chef—one that cared about getting the cupcakes right as much as he did. Happily, Stuart found pastry chef Jarisara Charoensit of JC Pastries on Thumbtack.
When Stuart hired Jarisara, he knew that he would want to try her cake out ahead of time. Before he left for the conference, Stuart tasted the cupcakes Jarisara baked in her test run. They were perfect. Stuart left for New York knowing that his cake was in good hands.
When he got back to San Francisco on the evening of Nick’s birthday, Stuart found the cake in a lockbox outside of his home—exactly as discussed. And in a zip lock on top of the box was a package of candles with matches, a little something extra from Jarisara to make the night perfect.
At 11 that night Stuart lit the candles and placed them on the cupcakes, then opened the door and made his way into the house, singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to a very surprised Nick with a box of brightly lit cupcakes in his hands.
“Nick loved the cupcakes. They were exactly what I wanted,” Stuart said.
A Short Valentine’s Day Epilogue
This Valentine’s Day it’s Nick’s turn to do the surprising. “I have no clue what,” Stuart said, but he has a hunch that, whatever Nick’s planning, he’ll want to bring an overnight bag. “I imagine we’ll be going somewhere exciting,” Stuart told us.
Regardless of his Valentine’s Day plans, Stuart continues to work with Jarisara. Over the holidays she created a selection of cookies that Stuart and Nick packed into individual tins and handed out to their neighbors. This month, they’re working together on vegetarian goods for an upcoming client meeting. Months later, Jarisara is still Stuart’s go-to professional for all things sweet.
“We’re working together on a monthly basis now. Jarisara is so talented, I feel so lucky to be able to share those talents with my loved ones, friends and coworkers.”
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