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The heavenly scented patisserie specializes in gourmet German-style chocolates, and during their two-hour class, chocolatiers in training will create fresh truffles from scratch—a delicious ethereal substance comprising fairy hair, comet dust, and baby giggles. Suess offers two truffle-making classes for adults: the rolled truffle class, in which participants create the sweet treat’s rich ganache filling before tempering chocolate for dipping and dunking the treat into its permanent shell; or the molded truffle class, in which chocolate makers pour the gooey goodness into shaped molds and fill them with fresh ganache. At the end of each class, participants will have about two to three fresh truffles in two to three different flavors to take home, where they can be enjoyed in one sitting or gifted to a friendly toll collector.
When to Go: Cafe Flora is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Stop in during the day to enjoy the airy glass-enclosed atrium, or take a seat at dinner in the cheerful, art-filled dining room.
Awards and Acclaim
Pot de crème: a French dessert with a custard-like consistency, traditionally served in a porcelain cups.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Browse gently worn women’s merchandise from the likes of Banana Republic, Nine West, and Chanel at Fury (2810 E Madison Street).
After: Sip on a cocktail or beer at The Bottleneck Lounge (2328 E Madison Street).
Just as founders Timothy and Katherine Sharpe depended on a healthy diet when their family faced major health scares, Chef Hugo Tapia crafts each dish at Graces 5 around the health of his diners. noodles It starts with an allergen-free kitchen exempt of gluten, cow's milk, soy, and peanuts. From there, the chef uses sustainable and line-caught ingredients from local farms and suppliers whenever possible to craft seasonal items such as slow-cooked Australian lamb shank and zucchini. Guests can fill out a food allergy profile so servers can directly match their allergies with appropriate dishes and alterations; the staff also accommodates visitors' diets by suggesting safe dishes and substitutions.
To wash down Chef Hugo's healthful bites, diners can choose from a menu of gluten-free beers along with organic, biodynamic, and sustainable wines. There are also numerous signature juices made on-site at the organic juice bar.
While inanimate objects with the power of flight often terrify the muffin-eating masses, aerodynamic aprons are known for their compassionate cuddling and fantastical ribbon dancing. Flying Apron Bakery freshly prepares delicious edibles for the consumption and digestion of all. High-quality organic products, from whole-grain, wheatless flours to non-hydrogenated oils, are creatively employed to compose an overflowing menu of thoroughly vegan, gluten-free, and wheat-free goods. Morning fare includes carrot muffins sweetened with pure fruit juice ($3.25) and sticky pecan cinnamon rolls inspired by organic brown-rice flour and garbanzo-bean flour ($4.25), while cookie jars swell with Macaroon Mountains ($2.45) and pumpkin cookies full of dried apricots, walnuts, and stevia ($1.95).
There was once a pair of friends who shared the same name. These friends—the Gregs—also shared the belief that even casual food should be fresh. So they put their heads together to found Zaw Artisan Pizza, where seasonal, organic, and locally sourced ingredients top carefully crafted take-and-bake pies. Diners can watch over the counter as pizza artistes decorate white, whole wheat, or gluten-free crusts with toppings such as free-range chicken breast, hearty spinach, and fresh artisan cheeses. Each pie leaves the shop unfrozen—as evidenced by the lack of freezers in all six stores—to be baked to a golden crisp inside the customer's oven or backyard iron forge. To further their commitment to quality, the Gregs strive to source local ingredients from neighborhood farmers' markets whenever possible, and craft each batch of dough with Bob's Red Mill flours.