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Vanessa Drews

Cheesecake Funk Founder, Owner & Lead Baker

I started baking cheesecakes in 2003 to share with family and friends. In 2008, my cheesecakes landed on the menu at McMahon’s Irish Pub, in South Minneapolis. It soon became a guest favorite, and that's where the desire to share cheesecake with the world began.

Fast forward to 2013, I had the honor of selling merchandise at Paisley Park, Prince’s private estate and recording studio. I began bringing cheesecakes to Paisley Park for band members to enjoy and was delighted that they always looked forward to my cheesecakes while visiting Minnesota. Then, one day Prince let me know he had discovered my cheesecake in the fridge with this humorous tweet on Twitter:

My greatest joy, besides my two young children, is the fact that Cheesecake Funk has grown rapidly over the years and can now be found in 14 restaurants around the Twin Cities metro area. 

Follow your dreams...because dreams DO come true with hard work, passion for what you love, and determination! 

Business Feature | Southwest Metro Magazine


Vanessa Drews | People of Cheesecake Funk

I also recently auditioned for Season 12 of Shark Tank! Here's a nice article related to my audition experience: 


It became even more clear that Prince enjoyed my cheesecakes when he began using the reference of "CHEESECAKE FUNK" on invitations to Paisley Park.

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