From Our Editors
When Marla D'Urso decided to open a bakery, she knew who she wanted to work with: two of her former classmates from the Institute of Culinary Education. Kiyomi Toda-Burke and Sandra Palmer joined her at her Chelsea storefront, combining their baking and pastry skills like the rings of the Planeteers to summon everything from biscotti and dark-chocolate brownies to cookies and inside-out s'mores. Perhaps more surprising, even, are their signature items: spongy, handcrafted marshmallows naturally flavored with a dash of vanilla, raspberry, or mango. These have been recognized by the local media as well as O, The Oprah Magazine, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. Marshmallow flavors are not limited to just the three signature zings but also include other options such as rosemary chocolate and cinnamon.
Befitting their surroundings in the heart of The Plaza Food Hall, the pastry mavens ensure that their creations catch the eye as well as the appetite. Blooming flowers, intricate bows, and geometric shapes adorn small squares of layered almond cake, which accessorize nicely with a damask-patterned apron or the metallic gleam of a candy dish.