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Bea Davis

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Pastry Trends: Five of the Best Paris Pastries

Posted by Bea Davis on Jul 31, 2014 4:18:58 PM
Lindsay Tramuta of The Wall Street Journal chronicled her five favorite Paris pastries in her recent article.  She found that some of the best pastry chefs are focusing intensely on a single signature item.  Her top picks and possible future pastry trends: classics like eclairs, choux, tarte tropezienne, merveillieux, and a very special angel food cake.
Patisserie Ciel

Topics: Pastry Trends, Paris

Cookie Puss: Intergalactic Pastry From Tom Carvel to the Beastie Boys

Posted by Bea Davis on Jul 25, 2014 7:00:00 AM

The Gothamist has a fun post chronicling "The Strange History of Carvel's Cookie Puss".  Is he really a space alien from another galaxy?  Or just a delicious but somewhat bizarre looking frozen confection?  And what inspired the Beastie Boys to create a song about Cookie Puss?


 Click the link for all of the answers, including the rivalry between Cookie Puss and Carvel's best known character cake, Fudgie the Whale.

Pastry Trivia: The Scientific Way To Cut A Cake

Posted by Bea Davis on Jul 24, 2014 4:10:38 PM

It's an age old question: what's the best way to cut a round cake?  It was over 100 years ago that a respected British scientist actually published a paper discussing this pastry conundrum.  His findings inspired TouTube channel Numberfile to make this illustrative video.  The rubber band method looks pretty awkward.  A twisted length of plastic wrap would work even better.



Topics: Curiosity

First Eclairs, Now Choux: Past Hits Are Current Trends

Posted by Bea Davis on Mar 31, 2014 9:50:13 AM

As Le Figaro reports, choux a la creme is a hot trend in Paris.



Queen of Pastry 2014: Centerpiece

Posted by Bea Davis on Feb 16, 2014 6:43:42 PM

The sugar centerpiece of Cher Harris, U.S. finalist and winner of the Queen of Pastry competition held at SIGEP in Rimini, Itlay last month.  Cher is a finalist in the 2014 U.S. Pastry Competition at the Javits Center in New York City on Sunday March 2.  Cher is the executive pastry chef at The Hershey Hotel in Hershey, PA.  Her piece is featured on the back cover of Le Journal du Patissier.  



Topics: U.S. Pastry Competition


Posted by Bea Davis on Jan 18, 2014 8:00:00 AM

The selection committee composed of Gilles Renusson, President of Club Coupe du Monde U.S.A., Anthony Valla, Vice-President and CEO of Valrhona U.S.A., Ewald Notter and Donald Wressell, both Official Team Coaches, are happy to introduce the members of TEAM U.S.A. 2015 which will represent the United States of America in the fourteenth Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie in Lyon, France in January 2015.


John Kraus – Team Captain – Pastry Chef/Owner – Patisserie 46  Minneapolis MN

Joshua Johnson – Pastry Chef – Vanille Chicago IL

Scott Green – Executive Pastry Chef – The Langham Hotel Chicago IL


The team will train at Vanille Patisserie in Chicago and at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

We are confident that this team will build on the experience of all previous teams and carry on the reputation for excellence that U.S. Pastry Teams have enjoyed during the thirteen previous editions of the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie.

We look forward to climbing on the podium and show the world that U.S. pastry chefs are some of the best in the world.

Team U.S.A participation to the 2015 Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie would not be possible without the generous and loyal support of sponsors like Paris Gourmet and Ravifruit.

For more information contact Club Coupe du Monde U.S.A. at www.pastryteamusa.com.

Topics: Events

Mise En Place 12/12/2013

Posted by Bea Davis on Dec 12, 2013 5:30:00 PM

Meet the designer who transforms Gramercy Tavern in New York City into a holiday masterpiece.  Arriving at 1 am on Black Friday, she spontaneously creates the festive look that brings year end diners back annually.   [YouTube]

LA's Best Ramen Shops- Map [Eater LA]



And who could resist Sriracha: The Movie? [Trailer: Vimeo]

Topics: Restaurant News

Today's Mis En Place 12/05/2013

Posted by Bea Davis on Dec 5, 2013 10:00:00 AM

The Ceramic Canvas:  Thoughts on Plating   [New York Times]

Is America ready for McPoutine?  Is Canada? [Grubstreet]


101 Best New Cocktails: War Of The Roses by Nick Caputo, The Priory Tavern, London [Gaz Regan]

The Vanishing Ravioli- El Bulli 2009


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Topics: Restaurant News

Today's Mis En Place

Posted by Bea Davis on Dec 4, 2013 4:58:00 PM

 Country Ham Legend Sam Edwards dies at 82 [Gun and Garden]

"The World Of Gels Is Huge!" declares Jose Andres at Harvard [Eater]

New York City Michelin Results in a Handy Chart [New York Journal]

Pastry Queen Campionato Mondiale Pasticceria Femminile - Sigep 2012


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Topics: Restaurant News

Updated Paris Gourmet Product List Available

Posted by Bea Davis on Nov 23, 2013 1:44:27 PM


We hope you're enjoying the beauty of Autumn.

And the great flavors:  apples, chestnuts, game, pumpkins, squash...

As we enter the fall/winter holiday season, we want you to have our latest product list edition, full of seasonal favorites that make holiday party menus festive.

It's just not a holiday party without:

Click here to download our latest Product List.

Click here to see our newest arrivals on the New Product Blog.

Happy Thanksgiving!