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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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]
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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The 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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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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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]
Metropolitan Bakery which closed up after a fifteen year run on Germantown Avenue is opening today in the Market at the Fareway, behind the Chestnut Hill hotel.
Metropolitan’s breads, cookies, cannelle, cake and other confections will be available at the new location. Hours at the new Metro will mirror the market’s:
Thursdays and Fridays, 9-6
Metropolitan Bakery [Official]
The Philadelphia Police Department is for two suspects who vandalized Isgro Bakery on the 1000 block of Christian Street.
The two suspects approached the famous bakery at 1:34 a.m. on January 9th. The first suspect tagged the window and the second hit the bakery’s van.
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Hesh’s Eclair Bake Shoppe has closed in Northeast Philadelphia. The Jewish bakery had been in business for 54-years. The details are scant but a message in the windows and on the web site says the closure is permanent.
It is with a very sad and heavy heart to tell you that Hesh’s Bakery is now closed and will not be reopening. We thank you for your patronage. We will miss you
Michael Klein has some more reaction on the surprising closure.
Hesh’s Bakery Is Closed [The Insider]
Hesh’s Eclair Bake Shoppe [Official]
Viking Pastries in Ardmore is being redone inside and out as part of a TV show. The big reveal for the Cricket Avenue bakery is set for today at 5:30 p.m. Official word on what show it is has been mum, but The Main Line Times says it is for a Food Network show and spots Nancy Glass Productions on site. We’re going to guess it is an episode of Save My Bakery, which actually has been on the Cooking Channel, a subsidiary of the Food Network.
Food Network giving Viking Pastries a makeover; big reveal Thursday [Main Line Times]
Viking Pastries [Official]