Love your buns: Downtown Bakery and Creamery
Dec01

Love your buns: Downtown Bakery and Creamery

A fortuitous trip to Healdsburg for an optical check-up (and the ensuing blurry vision that made driving hazardous at best for the next hour) led my sniffer to an oldy-but-goodie breakfast stop at Downtown Bakery and Creamery (308 Center St # A  Healdsburg, 431-2719). If you haven’t stopped in lately for a sticky bun, there’s no doubt in my mind that the flaky, crispy, buns of goodness are the best in Sonoma County. If not...

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The Butter Bar at Epicurean Connection
Nov07

The Butter Bar at Epicurean Connection

Everything’s better with butter. Spread yourself some love at Epicurean Connection’s new Butter Bar, a don’t-count-the-calories snack that includes infused local cow and goat butters with both sweet and savory flavors like Rose Petal, Blue Cheese Butter, Honey Butter, made with Sonoma Valley Honey and Sage Lemon Butter. Owner Sheana Davis, who recently moved her Sonoma shop lock, stock and barrel just off the Sonoma...

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Moustache Baked Goods, Healdsburg
Oct21

Moustache Baked Goods, Healdsburg

Real men bake cupcakes. “We’re two guys…born and raised in Sonoma County trying to do what we love — bake,” said Christian Sullberg, who’s partnered with the similarly sweets-minded Osvaldo Jimenez to create new school patisserie Moustache Baked Goods just off the Healdsburg Plaza. Fueled by a love of caramel, chocolate and sprinkles, the 20-something duo are creating an ever-evolving lineup of desserts that incorporate produce...

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Pink Box Baking Company
Aug23

Pink Box Baking Company

Bennett Valley just got a whole lot sweeter. Local Pastry Chef Stacy Willis is opening The Pink Box Baking Company in Bennett Valley. Slated for an early September opening, the bakery will feature a broad selection of pastries, cakes, cookies, brownies and bars along with morning coffee and espresso. Willis grew up in Sonoma County and was most recently pastry chef for The French Garden in Sebastopol. She is a graduate for the San...

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Sift Expanding Cupcake Empire
Aug09

Sift Expanding Cupcake Empire

Lots of folks have been peeping into the former Arts Council space on Mendocino Avenue wondering what exactly will be going into its place. Mystery solved: Sift Cupcake and Dessert Bar will be expanding. Owner Andrea Ballus tells BiteClub they’ll be renting out the event space as a private party venue for “adult cocktail parties” birthdays, company holiday parties, wedding receptions and decorating classes. The...

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Sonoma County Pastry Chefs

Where to find great pastry chefs and bakers outside the bakeries? Sonoma County has a plethora. Here are some of my favorites… At John Ash & Co.(4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa, 527-7687), Pastry Chef Casey Stone is in charge of sweet treats. One of his signature dishes: A fromage blank cheesecake that he gussies up with different seasonal fruits. Currently it’s a butterscotch flavored cheesecake with bourbon caramel...

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