This week, we dig deep for a different kind of pastry pusher — one or two-person operations working from the backs of restaurants, in borrowed commercial kitchens and behind farm stand stalls.
Fresh bread, elegant wedding cakes, and a tasty cafe to have your sandwich and eat it too in Healdsburg
BiteClub finds where to get the best frozen yogurt, ice cream and gelato in Sonoma County and Napa
Zin Restaurant’s Brownie Sundae, plus more great Wine Country spots to grab a killer brownie
Best Bread & Bakeries in Wine Country and Sonoma County
Move over cupcakes. The darling of the pastry-set these days are Whoopie Pies, a less precious, more lunchbox-friendly marriage of cake and cream.
Romantic treats for Valentine’s Day from the bounty of the county
Zix Treats: Sebastopol CPA turned semi-pro baker bakes up micro-batches of complex, herb-infused treats in a borrowed commercial kitchen. Getting a box is strictly a word-of-mouth affair.
You. Someone special. A pot of fancy melted chocolate, bananas and two forks on a Saturday night. Let the games begin. The deets: Chocolate fondue in milk, dark or white chocolate for two with cake, cookies, fruit and other dip-ables. $18 for more fun than should be legal on Friday and Saturday evenings. Reservations recommended. Just want a quickie? Satisfy your deep, dark chocolate yearnings with truffles, bon bons and desserts from...
The Donut Cafe has recently opened on Montgomery Drive (near Lepe’s Taqueria) to fulfill your early-morning pastry needs. These little pillows of sugary goodness are made fresh each day and they throw open the doors at 5am every day of the week, spurning eager-beaver joggers and health-nuts. Or maybe rewarding them
As owner of Sift, the Sonoma County’s first official cupcakery, Ballus is dedicated to the art of killer cupcakes. With a baker’s dozen (or so) flavors fresh made each day, she and her staff (of one) are barely keeping up with demand. Not exactly surprising when at least half the menu reads like a high-end cocktail list–Pink Champagne, Miami Vice, Limonata, the Irish Car Bomb and the Ooh La La. Cute, but just a little dangerous
Chloe’s French Cafe is a best bet for croissants, French pastries and delish entrees.
Petaluma’s best bakery, Della Fattoria, is a European-style bistro serving up treats, sandwiches and great food