Sneak Peek: Stargazy

stargazy squareToday is Sam Jacobson’s birthday and he’s celebrating by offering a preview of his East Passyunk pie shop, Stargazy.

The British bakery is offering a limited menu of pies and mash, tea and some other treats. Philadelphia’s food man about town, Holly Moore has already called Stargazy, 5 Grease Stain worthy.

Stargazy is serving today but will be closed this weekend. Look for an official opening on August 26th or 27th 28th.

Stargazy [Foobooz]

Pastry Chef Jessica Nolen Opening Bakery and Cafe


Jessica Nolen with husband Jeremy at a book signing for their cookbook, New German Cooking.

Jessica Nolen, the pastry chef for Brauhaus Schmitz and Whetstone is striking out on her own. Nolen is opening The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe at 517 S 5th Street, the former home of Cookie Confidential. The Little Bird will make all the bread and pastries for the two restaurants as well as offer breakfast pastries, desserts, soups, salads and lunchtime sandwiches to the public.

Nolen, who is the wife of Brauhaus Schmitz chef and Whetstone owner Jeremy Nolen, has most of her funding in place but has launched a GoFundMe campaign for a couple of high price pieces of equipment. Nolen is looking to raise money for her coffee setup and an industrial mixer.

If all goes well, the Little Bird Bakery and Cafe will open in October.

The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe [Foobooz]

East Passyunk Gets a British Bakery

stargazy-pie-940East Passyunk’s ranking as a culinary destination has been cemented for some time now. But the diversity of its offerings are continuing to grow. The stretch boasts French, Italian, New American and even Dutch eateries, and in about a month, it will see the opening of Stargazy, a British bakery from chef Sam Jacobson at 1838 E Passyunk Avenue (the former Ms. Good Cupcake). Jacobson has cooked in-and-around Philadelphia for a decade now, turning Lansdowne’s Sycamore into a culinary destination.

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New Vegan Bakery Coming to West Philly

Treats from Crust Vegan Bakery; left to right: mixed berry pie with crumb topping, baklava cheesecake, and apple pie cupcakes.

Treats from Crust Vegan Bakery; left to right: mixed berry pie with crumb topping, baklava cheesecake, and apple pie cupcakes.

Shannon Roche and Meagan Benz are basically a match made in vegan heaven, but they didn’t know it until a few months ago. Both spent part of their academic lives studying chemistry, both are lifelong vegetarians-turned-vegans, and both are naturals in the kitchen.

“We had similar interests and business ideas, and we kept hearing about each other through mutual friends, who said we just had to meet,” says Roche, 26. When they finally did meet, it all clicked: Philly needed a vegan bakery, and they were just the gals to do it.

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Cake Boss Is Coming To Philly


Buddy Valstro, otherwise known as the Cake Boss, of the TLC series of the same name, has finally officially settled on a Philadelphia location. Work has begun to bring Carlo’s Bakery Philadelphia to 2101 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square (because, apparently, no one told him how well Crumbs Bake Shop did in that same neighborhood).

But hey, maybe things will be different this time, right? I mean, Valastro has a TV show. He has 7 other locations already up and running, with new ones planned for a casino in Connecticut and aboard every Norwegian Cruise Lines ship in the fleet. He does cakes shaped like full-size cows and working toilets. So we’re not leaping to judgement here. At least not too much.

Carlo’s Bakery Philadelphia is scheduled to open later this year.

Carlo’s Bakery [Official]

10 Philly-Area Bakeries Whipping Up Gluten-Free Pies for Thanksgiving



Thanksgiving is a time to feast until your heart and taste buds are content. But those who are gluten-free know all too well the challenges of resisting the lure of traditional Thanksgiving desserts. Good news, friends: Now you don’t have to.

To all those wheat-free eaters out there, here’s a list of local bakeries whipping up gluten-free pies to satisfy your sweet tooth without the side effects.

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Bakeshop on Twentieth Is Now Open.

bakeshop-on-20th-940The Bakeshop on Twentieth has opened off of Rittenhouse Square at 269 S 20th Street. The bakeshop was originally going to be opened as Spread Bake Shop but it has been renamed and according to Drew Lazor, is no longer affiliated with Spread Bagelry.  The shop offers an opening menu of croissants, cookies, scones, breakfast treats, bread, rolls, sticky buns, brownies plus coffee and tea.

The shop is open seven days a week and will add savory choices like soup and sandwiches in the coming weeks.

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Gluten-Free Bakery Sweet Christine’s Opens May 17th

Sweet Christine's Bakery

Gluten-free dessert-lovers rejoice: Sweet Christine’s Bakery of Kennett Square has moved to a bigger and better location, and in celebration of the opening, they are throwing a party next Saturday. Party-goers can expect live music, discounts on goodies and, of course, tons of sweet gluten-free treats to taste test. (But trust us, these treats are totally delicious: here’s proof.)

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Vanilya Bakery Opens on East Passyunk


Townsend isn’t the only spot on East Passyunk throwing open its doors today. Vanilya Bakery is also welcoming customers for the first time on this fine Friday. The bakery is owned by pastry chef Bonnie Sarana Noll. She will be putting out an assortment of cookies, cheesecake, flourless cake, panna cotta, tiramisu and more. Vanilya, which is Turkish for vanilla and named for Noll’s favorite ingredient also offers wedding cakes.

The retail store is open Thursday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Appointments are also available.

Vanilya Bakery [Official]

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