Layers of colorful jellybeans stripe a curvy jar, chocolate-covered pretzels fill a glass bowl, and rows of rock candy line up neatly within rectangular vases. Artistic displays such as these are the hallmark of Candyland Buffet’s custom services, which can reflect the theme or color scheme of a special event such as a wedding or bat mitzvah. For every buffet, a team member meticulously arranges treats in an array of distinct jars and sets out scoops and bags so guests may easily serve themselves. Patrons can sweeten their buffets with special touches such as a designated service attendant and luxury chocolates from Ghirardelli or Godiva. Because sweets, like bathroom attendants, should also be enjoyed at home, customers can order shipments of fresh-baked cookies or sign up for six-month Candy of the Month Club memberships.
At Ray's Pizza, specialty pies rub culinary elbows with Italian mainstays including hot and cold subs and stromboli. Deluxe pies combine the tastes of pepperoni, italian sausage, ham, mushrooms, onion, green peppers, and black olives; other specialties include a greek pizza, a Mediterranean treat with olive oil, spinach, black olives, and feta and mozzarella cheese. Build-your-own pies let customers tops crusts with one of seven different sauces before loading them with toppings such as pepperoni, olives, pineapple, and chicken and wearing them right out of the store. Subs run the sandwich gamut from philly cheesesteak to chicken parm, and desserts include Snickers cake, fluffy tiramisu, and italian zeppole—fried dough dusted with cinnamon and sugar.
A glass display case of colorful cakes, cookies, and pastries greets guests as they enter Clayton Bakery and Cafe, along with the enticing aroma of freshly baking bread. The family-owned establishment staffs a team of local artisanal bakers and decorators, who use local and natural ingredients when whipping up baked goods and a lunch menu of hearty sandwiches, paninis, and daily soups. Chefs roast all of their beef and pork fresh each day, and distribute their signature rolls to local venues such as Ray's pizza and Clayton Steakhouse. Upon request, the bakery can inscribe customized cakes with birthday greetings, personal messages, or a favorite chapter from James Joyce?s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
The self-taught baker behind Baby B’s Cupcakes isn’t beholden to anyone’s ideas about the limitations of the diminutive dessert. Inspired by the vast array of sweets and tarts available in the candy and fruit aisles, she creates recipes for over a dozen eclectic flavors, from traditional chocolate and red velvet to maple bacon, raspberry-white-chocolate, and peanut-butter-and-jelly. Frostings and fillings provide additional flavors—cream cheese, banana crème, and lemon—into the moist, decadent mini cakes. Upon request, she can etch customized designs onto cakes, such as birthday-worthy Spider-man figures or brussels sprouts to encourage kids to eat their veggies.
With a commitment to serving fresh food, every day the kitchen staff kneads a new batch of pizza dough as pasta sauce simmers on the stove. At 2 Cousins Pizza & Pasta, all food is made upon ordering, rather than according to the chef's psychic premonitions. The kitchen staff also procures the produce that graces the tops of pizzas and gets tossed in pasta dishes and salads every week from the local farmers’ market.