For more than 25 years, Cookie Expressions has been expressing its love for fresh baked goods by whipping up artful cookie arrangements for tons of occasions. Woo the goodwill of sweetheart bosses or bossy sweethearts on October 16 with a six long-stem cookie bouquet, featuring a half-dozen chocolate-chip cookies, dressed in their fanciest red cellophane evening wraps, and arranged with baby's breath and a fern to resemble a box of roses ($33.95). Any number of the get well soon bouquets ($32.95–$42.95) will help rally hospital-bound loved ones to quickly regain the use of their jaw, while the soda glass bouquet ($33.95) also can be used to toast to their speedy recovery.
Gen Perryman, owner of The Cupcake Orchard, has always loved to bake desserts but admits that she was inspired to open her bakery by the influx of cupcake shops across the country. She says on her website, ?As I saw these cupcakeries popping up around the country, I thought, 'why not package what I love doing into a sweet cupcake?'? Every morning, Gen and her staff freshly prepare each batch using eggs and butter from local farms, seasonal fruits, and Belgian chocolate. The shop carries eight to 10 rotating daily flavors, including chocolate salted caramel, very vanilla, and chocolate chip cookie dough.
Perkins began as a single humble Ohio pancake house in 1958. More than 50 years––and 440 national locations––later, each Perkins restaurant stays true to its roots by keeping those signature buttermilk pancakes the focal point of a 90-plus-item menu. Cooks layer the popular flapjacks in stacks of two, three, or even five and make the fluffy towers all the more tempting with toppings such as glazed strawberries, whipped cream, or flavored syrups. Breakfast favorites—including hearty omelets and country benedicts—are served all day, meaning kids and adults can order short stacks to accompany their jumbo-shrimp or steak dinner, instead of smuggling them in under a stovepipe hat. Unlike most other chain restaurants, Perkins also features in-store bakeries that churn out the shop's real fruit and cream pies, muffins, and chocolate-chip cookies.
Jude Laine's Jubilee Catering eases the burden of party hosting by providing tailor-made menus of delicious grub. Led by a certified nutritionist, the chefs take into account dietary restrictions and allergies before crafting each spread, which might include creamy crab dip, meatballs, or fresh-fruit tortes. But Jubilee doesn't stop there. The company also provides custom gifts and crafts for special events such as baby showers, house-warmings, and house de-hauntings.
At Butterwood Desserts, master cake artists diligently shape, bake, and decorate oven-fresh gourmet treats. Like a translation of Goethe's Faust into binary code, the ever-changing bill of fare adds a contemporary twist to European classics, enticing palates with mouthwatering cookies, brownies, and made-to-order pies and custom cakes. The bakery's glass display case houses tempting treats ranging from Belgian chocolate mousse to carrot cake. Butterwood also employs skilled cake architects to help clients celebrate any occasion, from the family car's first birthday to a talking dog's victory in the state basketball championship.
Delish! Cooking School, whose classes were voted as some of the Best of WNY by Buffalo Spree, is known for its quality instruction and taste. Within a comfortable urban space, customers can pick up sweet selections such as fresh fudge, scones, bar cookies, and hand-dipped chocolate. Fresh-brewed espresso drinks accompanied by baked goods or housemade ice-cream sandwiches tempt tongues, while a range of cooking tools, sauces, and spices line shelves for at-home chefs to use in their own kitchens.
Experienced chefs lead cooking classes geared toward the home cook looking to hone skills without memorizing transcripts of the Food Network’s full broadcast. Students sip wine during classes such as The Exciting Foods of Thailand, Casual Italian Supper Party, or The New Vegetarian Cuisine.