Sandra was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, graduated with a BA in French literature from the University of Colorado, taught English to high school students in France and worked in marketing in the Bay Area before discovering her love of food and cooking. After volunteering as a prep cook for a non-profit and staging at a few restaurants she decided to sign-up at the California Culinary Academy. She spent her externship and the following years working at Tartine Bakery. Sandra and her husband, Mathieu, left San Francisco for Chicago and started Floriole in a tent at the Chicago Green City Market. They have grown their business into a flourishing full service cafe and bakery in Lincoln Park specializing in French inspired pastries rooted in midwestern ingredients. The bakery has been named among the top 10 bakeries in the US, has received a Chicago Tribune Dining Award and is recognized as having some of the best bread in the country. Sandra has contributed to Bon Appetit and Sweet Paul magazines, appeared on Martha Stewart and Unique Sweets.