Prepare yourself…because after seeing these pictures I’m pretty sure you’re going to want to jump in your car and head straight for The Pearl! This week I had the pleasure of visiting the CIA Bakery Café, a pop-up in The Pearl, that’s only open weekdays until APRIL 14TH.
What’s so unique about this bakery is that it is student run. The Bakery Café is a capstone course for The Culinary Institute of America San Antonio baking and pastry arts majors graduating later this month. Those students have been working in both the front and back of house at the cafe under the direction of Chefs Alain Dubernard and Patrick Clark, and instructor Jenny Placette.
When I visited, Chef Dubernard was passionate about describing all of the sweet treats in the case to my friend Karina and I, and Jenny (below) was delightful and hospitable as well.
“Our baking and pastry arts students have a true talent that they have each exponentially grown by learning new techniques and methods at the college,” says Dubernard, baking and pastry arts department chair. “We are thrilled to welcome the city of San Antonio to taste their creations at the CIA Bakery Café.”
Some of the delicious sweets offered include Chocolate XS Cake, Opera Cake, Coconut Frangipane cupcake, Alfajores, Cannele de Bordeaux, and White Chocolate Banana Tarts, as well as Cranberry Walnut Scones, Guava and Manchego Empanadas, and special cookies and breakfast items.
I had the Chocolate Caramel Tart. Can I just say it was one of the best desserts I’ve EVER had. So good! Karina enjoyed a tasty cookie. Of course with sweets you have to have good coffee and aguas frescas!
Another unique component of the Bakery Café is that the menu is changing continuously, and also features items like bagels, mac and cheese, new salads, savory dishes, and more.
Make sure you check out the CIA Bakery Café Monday to Friday for breakfast and lunch from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. until April 14th. For more information, click here!
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