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Vira Mamchur Schwartz/ Newtown Daily Voice | October 24, 2017

WILTON, Conn. -- Three thirty in the morning.

That’s when Pamela Graham starts her day preparing fresh sourdough bread, muffins, cookies, and croissants. By the time the doors open at 7:30 a.m. at The Pastry Hideaway,brewing coffee and the buttery smell of freshly-baked bread permeate the air.

ROSS BOISSONEAU/ MyNorth | October 17, 2017

For many people, life may be a bowl of cherries. Laura Case would probably agree, though with a twist. For her, those cherries are in the form of cherry balsamic vinegar infused into dark chocolate truffles.

That’s because Laura is the owner and proprietor of Beijo de Chocolat, a Portuguese/French hybrid name that means “Kiss of Chocolate.” She had her own store in Chicago for several years before moving back to her home state to be near family.

Alex Chhith/ Chaska Herald | August 25, 2017

Andy Mooney always wanted to work closer to his home in Carver, while maintaining his culinary skills.

His dream will be close to complete this fall, roughly scheduled for October, when his shop Red Bench Bakery is set to open.

Mooney, originally from Woodbury, graduated from a French pastry school in Chicago and has been in the restaurant industry for over 20 years. He plans on selling croissants, danishes, lunch sandwiches, coffee and hopefully in the future ice cream at 500 North Chestnut Street.

Melissa Wylie/ Bizwomen | August 22, 2017

After six years running a French bakery in Chicago, Sophie Evanoff no longer feels like an impostor.

JULIA KRAMER/ bon appétit | August 17, 2017

Love leads people to do crazy things. I’m not talking about sending stalker-y notes or sky-writing someone’s name from an airplane. What I have in mind is much riskier: opening a restaurant together.

And yet, it’s those husband-wife (or husband-husband, or wife-wife) partnerships that have a tendency to result in the most personal, intimate restaurants—the kind where the chef-owners take a sense of ownership in every minuscule detail.

Brenda Schory/ Kane County Chronicle | August 7, 2017
WTTW - Chicago Tonight | July 27, 2017

For the last 40 years, chef Jacquy Pfeiffer has spent most of his time in a kitchen.

The Beacon-News | July 12, 2017

While most children were watching Big Bird, Jacqueline E. Mejia spent her childhood watching "Dessert Circus," the public television series by chef Jacques Torres.

"I was fascinated by how he mixed art and chocolate together. He made such beautiful things out of chocolate," recalls Mejia, 28. She moved to Aurora as a teen from Chicago and went through high school still holding onto the idea of making spectacular sweets like chef Torres.

Her dream is about to come true when she opens Atrevete Confections in mid-August in Naperville.

The French Pastry School | July 7, 2017
Chicago, Illinois (July 7, 2017) This year's summer graduation took place on June 16th and was a highlight as the City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor, Juan Salgado and Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless, were guest speakers that addressed the graduating class of 2017 L'Art de la Pátisserie. 
 
The French Pastry School | June 30, 2017

CHICAGO, IL (June 30, 2017) - Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago joins the ranks of Sean Connery, Bill Gates and Julia Child, as they have the honor of being named a Knight! 

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