Monthly Archives: May 2012

Craftsman & Wolves Trunk Show

Here’s an event you don’t want to miss! This Thursday, May 31st, from 7am to 7pm, Pot + Pantry is hosting a trunk show for Craftsman & Wolves (CAW), the much anticipated, soon-to-open patisserie from William Werner. CAW will be set up from morning til night to showcase a selection of pastries and confections from their opening menu.

CAW will swap out some menu items as the day progresses. Highlights from CAW’s “Good Morning” selection will include passion-sesame croissant; chocolate stacks; savory financiers and more. The “Good Afternoon” side of the menu will include, amongst many other confections, lavender and soft chocolate éclair; smoked almond brittle; and white shoyu-chocolate caramels. Also on offer will be The Rebel Within and The Devil Inside, a chocolate-almond cake with a soft center of chocolate-toffee ganache studded with foie gras—both of which will be in limited quantity. 

Beverages will include hot chocolate with violet marshmallows, a warm sipping caramel with croissant shavings, as well as drip coffee from Sightglass.

Hope to see you there!

this week

And it’s Friday again. How does that happen?

Some fun things this past week. Sharon Ardiana’s workshop on making cavatelli last night blew my mind, and also the minds of all attendees, I think. She’s such an engaging and charming speaker, sharing personal anecdotes and taking some of the mystery out of making fresh pasta. I love meeting hardworking, successful people who are still incredibly humble, and Sharon is all that and a bag of chips (can you tell I’m a child of the 90s?). What a role model. And the cavatelli, oh man. Once it hits your lips, it’s so good! I’ve been to Gialina a few times, but soon (very soon) I’m going to make it over to Ragazza to enjoy more of her food.

Photo of the workshop from Julia

Some other snaps from this week. Business cards printed by my buddy James Tucker of The Aesthetic Union. So fresh.

Trying to clear some shelf space in the shop, so I made this chalkboard “menu” of Le Creuset items. Turns out I quite enjoy painting/drawing signs.

And here are two very sweet things that happened this week, which is why I love doing what I do. First, a customer saw the popover pans we carry and we got to talking about recipes, and how popovers are basically the same as dutch pancakes. I shared with him the utter failure of my dutch pancakes the one time I tried to make them, and he promised to send me a fail-proof recipe. People don’t always do what they say (even with the best of intentions, and I can’t blame them), but look what I got in my inbox the next day: a handwritten, illustrated recipe! So nice. Thanks, Marcus!

And then I got a lovely package in the mail from Mary, who’s on the board of 826 Valencia. She thought I would love both the story and design of this book they did in partnership with Miette, and she was right. I was so touched. Thanks, Mary!

Got some fun things planned for later this month with a certain pastry chef. I’m excited!

happy friday, birthday edition

This was one of the more painless birthdays I’ve had, and in fact, was really quite awesome. I won’t get into tedious childhood traumas, but for various reasons I’ve never loved my birthday, so this is kind of a big deal. That cheesy adage of learning who your true friends are rings quite true for me these days, and my, how my friends and family came through. I love them beyond words.

Snapshots of my day

And now I think I’m going to open a store called Forever 31. I wouldn’t mind staying here for a while.