The supreme confectioner at Sugar and Scribe Bakery weaves generations of Irish family recipes into a mouthwatering menu of daily baked fluffy and moist treats. Cyndi's Polish Kiffles ($4 per bag) lead off the pastry menu, while a loaf of irish soda bread challenges appetites not to leave a crumb behind ($15). More than 15 pie iterations—including Kentucky Derby pie ($15 for a 9”) and Grandma Kate's blueberry ($12 for a 9”)—interrogate appetites as part of a windowsill crime watch. Graspable cupcakes include hot-chocolate whipped cream and Grandpa Soapy's lemon-curd cake ($3.50–$5). A gooseberry-frangipane tart puckers satisfied mouths ($4), and savory taste buds swoon over fluffy artichoke-and-feta stratas ($6) and triple-cheese quiche ($6). Made to quell canine confection cravings, dog treats, such as Little Pumpkin nibs ($6), reward well-behaved pups and bribe watchdogs into playing dead.
Raised on a Belgium farm, pastry pro Francois Goedhuys now peppers palates with European fare handcrafted from seasonal produce often plucked from his organic garden. The bistro's breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu tempts stoic tongues with a treasure trove of healthful noshables. Tuck in the eggplant sandwich painted with pesto and flattered with cheese on eight-grain or french-italian bread ($7.95) or the lamb stew swimming with german potatoes ($12.75).
Jerry Swain created Jer’s Chocolates, an all-natural-candy company that mixes premium peanut butter and cocoa into its toffee, chocolate squares, and chocolate-covered peanut-butter balls. He and his fellow candy makers put valencia peanuts, many of which come from U.S. farms, into candies, which are devoid of preservatives and hydrogenated oils. All their white, milk, and dark chocolates are certified by the World Cocoa Foundation, which encourages responsible cocoa farming and fudge-sauce wrestling matches. Snackers can enjoy their peanut brittle bites, gourmet peanut-butter bars with pretzels, caramel, or toffee, signature chocolate balls, and other sumptuous sweets.
Cupcake Love opened in 2008 and has since led an assault on sweet teeth with its decorative gourmet cupcakes. Baked from scratch, the shop's cupcake selection features 10 flavors daily, including chocolate peanut butter, red velvet, and coconut cream. Over the years, Cupcake Love has added cake pops, small cakes, handmade fudge, and cookies to its repertoire. The shop also offers cupcake party packages, which make special days extra special with costumed hostesses, craft projects, and goodie bags.