It takes guts—and a love of macarons—to quit your corporate job after six years, enroll in an intensive pastry program, and start your own French bakery business in Dallas. But Andrea Meyer, head pastry chef and owner of Bisous Bisous Patisserie, did just that.Full Story
Mockingbird Station is welcoming a cupcakery, located between Rockfish and Urban Taco, on March 3. Smallcakes is a chain with more than 60 shops in 13 states, and it’s already planted a location in Southlake and Frisco, each. Pretty soon, it’ll have storefronts in Arlington, Carrollton, Denton, McKinney, and Plano.Full Story
As a kid growing up in Haiti, Valery Jean-Bart used to watch the television show, Dallas, and dream of Southern cuisine.
“It’s ironic how I’ve ended up here,” he muses.
After moving to Dallas in 2008 to take a civil engineering job, Jean-Bart (who goes by ‘Val’) decided to start a dessert business with his friend, Christopher Reece. They launched Val’s Food With a Twist 18 months ago, after the Haitian baker spent four years taking care of his mom, sick with terminal cancer.
“I would cook, constantly, and I knew she liked desserts. I would try a different cheesecake, cookie, and different pie. She would always finish the dessert. She never finished her beets or carrots, but she’d finish that one little piece of cheesecake,” Jean-Bart says. For years, he would experiment on Sundays for his mom, who loved cheesecake day.Full Story
Four years ago, mother-and-daughter duo Anne Hoyt and Taylor Nicholson opened Unrefined Bakery on Buckner Boulevard with a huge leap of faith. They didn’t have any formal culinary training and used only word-of-mouth and grassroots marketing. Such efforts have proved fruitful, as the flagship bakery is now one of three locations, with new stores recently opening in the old Society Bakery spot on Greenville Avenue and in Frisco.Full Story
I say this with love: Flower Mound is a desert when it comes to good food. Very few non-chain restaurants are able to survive and thrive in this northern suburb, and places like Empress of China are your best bet along Justin Road. Lunchtime options, if you’re not into Subway and Chick-fil-A, are basically nonexistent. It’s a little sad.
But now, hope comes in the form of Dolce Cafe Bakery at 1913 Justin Road. When the small, independently owned place opened next to the Village Church, it came as a real shock. Here was a restaurant so different from all the other surrounding joints, it didn’t make sense. But then again, it did. Flower Mound people were starved for something cool, and after December 9, Dolce’s first day, they started trickling into this Italian bakery and restaurant, eager to try something new. Word spread quickly about the tasty house-made artisan breads, savory scones, and coffee.Full Story
You are no doubt super pumped about tonight’s episode of Bakery Boss on TLC because you watch every episode of Bakery Boss, and tonight will be no different. Either that or you are like me and you’ve never seen or even heard of Bakery Boss.Full Story
Well, Fair Park Holiday has been cancelled, and I’m pretty sure the rest of Dallas is on hiatus for now.
This ice storm is putting a kink in our weekend plans, isn’t it? But at least we have our internet and heaters. (To the 200,000 people out there without power, I feel for you. Stay warm. Hug other bodies.)Full Story
Let’s be real, now. There’s no better place for a serious getaway trip than Wine Country. Napa may be a small, touristy town, but it’s one of those rare parts of the world where time stops and people start aging backwards. I’m quite serious. The trees and leaves turn orange-yellow-red when it’s fall, there’s a […]Full Story
On bad days, I like to treat myself to a little croissant and a cup of tea. Something about a flaky, soft, slightly-sweet-and-slightly-salty pastry (with a beautiful honeycomb structure on the inside) can make a dreary day into a good one. There’s no need for butter or jam or anything that could possibly taint the […]Full Story
VNA Meals on Wheels is raising funds by selling Thanksgiving Day pies. If you have not had the pleasure of volunteering to drive Meals on Wheels, consider signing up. Each year the program provides one million meals to homebound senior citizens who can not provide for themselves. It is a remarkable experience. This year, VNA […]Full Story
The beloved purveyor of cupcakes, Society Bakery, is keeping Greenville Avenue on its toes. The happy icing shop is moving from 3426 B Greenville Ave. to 3610 Greenville for more leg room. We are beyond happy and excited to be moving our Greenville location this next week to…right down the street! We will be two […]Full Story
I’ve never made a jack-o-lantern. In spite of my handicap, my childhood went pretty smoothly. I didn’t murder anyone, and I graduated high school with mostly A’s and B’s. As time passed, however, I did notice a hollowed-out-pumpkin-shaped hole in my heart. It was one that couldn’t be filled with candy corn and miniature Twix […]Full Story
Ever since I was a small child with an extra-large head, I’ve always loved muffins. In the chilly months of fall and winter, a fluffy muffin is a comforting accompaniment to a cup of coffee, hot tea, or a fresh, tall glass of orange juice. It’s filling, delicious, and makes the perfect sidekick to almost […]Full Story
Err, I know I’ve been hitting you guys over the head with pumpkin post after pumpkin post… But if you could see my face right now, you’d know that I don’t really care. So boo freakin’ hoo, large-orange-vegetable haters. Suck it up. Alright. This week, I did pumpkin muffins. I found one from Starbucks, Central […]Full Story
It’s one of the most glorious times of the year: apple season. There are several orchards around Dallas where you can pick your own apples, but you will also find apples showing up on local restuaurant menu. (R.I.P. sweet peaches.) In the current issue of D Magazine, we have created a list of our favorite […]Full Story
Whether you like them light and fluffy or thick and doughy, you’ve got options. Here they are. After you read our choices, please share yours.Full Story
Joe Garza has been involved with the pastry department of the Adolphus Hotel for almost ten years. He was the pastry chef at The French Room for three years (91-94), assistant pastry chef for the hotel for two (95-97), and the executive pastry chef for the last three and a half years. Today comes word […]Full Story
Earlier this year, we hooked up with Café Momentum’s director Chad Houser. We wanted to do a project with them that would not only benefit the magnificent program operated by Café Momentum, but also involve some local chefs. We decided to compile a cookbook full of recipes from area chefs. What seemed like a daunting […]Full Story
It’s been exactly a year since Erin McKool’s vision for healthy fast food became a reality on Greenville Ave. Happy birthday, Start! The restaurant is giving away flourless chocolate cakes and champagne to every guest (21+) who visits today.Full Story
Meet Rachael Barbaro. She is the owner of Sugar Ray’s Bake Shop in Plano. She doesn’t know anything about boxing; her nickname is Sugar Ray. She’s been baking for a long time and decided to take her talent to the next level. This fall she will open shop at Lakeside Market in Plano. She will […]Full Story