Under the leavened leadership of executive pastry chef Alethea Hickman, Passion for Pastry bakes a butter-creamed bounty of sweet treats. Cupcake paramours can relish in their selection of one dozen moist cupcakes, each made larger-than-average for an added number of heavenly bites and to make their oversized sunglasses look less ridiculous. Guests can choose their decadent desserts from an extensive selection of flavors such as cherry-topped black forest, crushed cookie-coated Oreo, apple cinnamon, peanut butter, red velvet, and butter rum.
Mozart Cafe’s chefs draw culinary inspiration from modern Israeli cuisine, and the result is an eclectic mix of made-from-scratch kosher dishes ranging from pizza and salad to breakfast salmon platters. The Balkan pizza blends Israeli and Italian flavors with olives chunks of smoky eggplant sitting atop a bed of sauce, mozzarella, and feta cheese. Though the café is decidedly health-focused, plates arrive piled high with portions as generous as what you’d find in a neighborhood diner or your mom’s kitchen.
Hellen Costa honed her baking skills at The French Pastry School of Chicago before relocating to Boca Raton. Now, the ServSafe-certified chef crafts custom desserts in her home bakery, Voulez-Vous Cake. She concocts sweets that range from stuffed cupcakes to towering six-layer wedding cakes with intricate floral designs. Ornately decorated bite-size treats please the eyes as well as the taste buds.
The aroma of slow-simmering caramel and chocolate wafts through Hoffman’s Chocolate’s Greenacres headquarters. To demystify its origins, the shop’s chocolatiers have outfitted their kitchen with observation windows, granting customers the chance to admire their delicate handiwork and holiday helper subcontractors. They meticulously lace European truffles with chocolate drizzles, and dunk cherries and pretzels in milk and dark chocolate. This devotion to small batches of handmade treats extends back to the 1970s, when founder Paul Hoffman began peddling treats out of his small Lake Worth chocolate shop. Over the decades, chocolatiers have expanded the bakery’s repertoire to include whimsical confections such as enormous fortune cookies and seasonal treats.