Tuesday, June 26, 2012

La patisserie de Bertie???

WOW, it has been a long time since I have been able to put up a post! Truth is, I’ve been a busy lady. But I haven’t been baking. In fact I have not touched my beloved KitchenAid since my last batch of baby shower cookies. So what have I been doing?

I have news that I have been withholding from you.

I have BIG news that I have been withholding!

My husband and I are moving to Paris!! Yep! I can’t believe I just said it out loud, but it’s finally happening!…Tomorrow!

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This will soon be my new stomping ground!

Now, what does this mean for Bertie’s Bakery? Quite honestly I have no idea. I have had to turn down cake and catering jobs for every weekend of this summer and the early fall, and I am so bummed. I finally felt like I was planting my feet with the business and I had made some really great connections with people within the Northern Virginia area. Now, I am packing up shop (quite literally) and crossing the pond where nobody knows my name. Nervous would be a good descriptor word for me about now!

At this point I would like to clarify that “me having no idea” what is going to happen to Bertie’s while abroad by no means means that I am giving up on my bakery dreams and aspirations, or on this blog! In fact, where else in the world could a young pastry artist go that could open up more doors of opportunity than Paris?? The art of French pastries is something that I am very eager to master. My biggest challenge will be harnessing all of my Bertie’s Bakery ideas!

Here are a few ideas:

* Beg for an internship at a high class pastry shop

* Spend all of my $$$ on enrolling in a full time pastry school

* Try to make fondant cakes the new “must have” for French parties

* Teach at home workshops to those interested in the “American” style of cake, cupcake, and cookie decorating

* Introduce the “Cupcake Truck” to the Paris population (The Boss and I have researched this and there is a surprisingly low number of food trucks in Paris)

* Start a new “Paris Bakery’s” Blog, whereby I visit a new bakery within the Paris limits everyday and give an “In-Depth Review” on the shop (DCR readers will find that funny).

* Have my own stand and sell Bertie’s Bakery's custom cookies and cupcakes at the local food market.

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Above: These were my latest, yet not posted cookies!

That’s just a few that have crossed my mind.

If there is anyone reading this who is in Paris or has connections in Paris to anyone within the pastry/desserts/chocolate world please get in touch. I would love to hear from you!

I would really like to say thanks to all of my North American readers and supporters! I hope that you do not think that I am abandoning you. We will come back someday, and when that happens, I promise to bring with me some seriously good recipes!

Be sure to tune in through out the next few days for updates on the move, and especially for the VIEW from our new home!

13 comments:

Jenny Davidson said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I know it must give you a huge pang to leave just when you've built up such a good foundation in DC - but it's so exciting, and truly for long-term development I cannot imagine anything better for a pastry chef than a stint in Paris! Get an apprenticeship, and figure out what the best way will be to offer workshops on American-style cupcakery and cookie-making!

Molly said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow!!!! Congratulations!!! That is SO exciting! I LOVE Paris and must get back there one of these days - I'm sure you will enjoy it so much!

Paul Molnar said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congratulations on the big move!

Emily W said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I hope you will read My Life in France, if you haven't already. I am sure things have changed since Julia Child was writing her cookbook and becoming famous, but you'd find the baking sections interesting at least historically. Also, it's just a great book!

Rhona said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oui! Europe wins! All the best with your move and I hope I get to try your scrumptious looking baked goods from a stall or truck the next time I visit Paris. La Tour Eiffel cookies are amazing looking! Good Luck!

Alli said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Did you see I was one of 2 who guessed correctly on Ray's page? I'm so smart :P I can't believe you're moving but there are so many opportunities that I know this will only add more fun to the blog. I'm sad this lessens the likelihood we'll hang out, but have an amazing time!

Amytrigirl (aka Amybee) said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

WOW! I have been following you and your husband's blog for a long time (but never posted). What an exciting time for you both! I'm confident that you will find some way to express your culinary expertise..... and, finally, let me tell you that that triathlon cake you made was waaaay too entirely cool for words.

Bon chance to you both and hope to read posts from paris soon!

Liz said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh my gosh this is awesome! What an amazing experience for the two of you.

As for your bakery thoughts, I vote for 3 of them: teaching "American style" cake making, bakery reviews, and the cupcake truck!

We will have to email to figure out a way to meet up when my brother and I are over in Paris in a few weeks. We'll be in Paris for 3 days I believe!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Coool- and I just read something a couple weeks ago on the inter webs (was it on DCR?) about the growing popularity of American style food trucks in Paris.

Kristie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congrats on the move!!! Can't wait for you to show us some Paris inspired baked goods!!

coach dion said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Good Luck

Claudia said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Very exciting! My husband reads dcrainmaker and I just started following when he told me you were moving to Paris. I found your blog via his just now and look forward to reading about your adventures!

G. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I don't know him in person but there's quite a big name in pastries in Paris: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/

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