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The French Pastry School | December 2, 2012

Join Chef Pierre Zimmermann of The French Pastry School for a free pastry demonstration at Pastry Chicago's Gingerbread House Competition at The Drake Hotel! Entries for competitors are welcome until Friday, November 30th - you can find the entry form and more details about the competition here. To attend the free demonstration, simply RSVP to  We're looking forward to seeing you there!

The French Pastry School | November 28, 2012

On December 17th, The French Pastry School will be attending Hotel Sofitel's Cafe des Architectes Holiday Rock and Roll, a celebration of the traditional bûche de noel brought to us by some of the city's best pastry chefs. Our very own graduate, Meg Galus '05, will be representing NoMI with her interpretation of her yule log cake. The event will be hosted by ABC 7's food personality, Steve Dolinksy, and feature music, mingling, and tastings of both sweet and savory samples. See the invitation for the full list of participants and other important details - we hope to meet you there!

The French Pastry School | November 28, 2012

Jennifer Templeton, L'Art de la Pâtisserie '06, opened her business, Gingersnap Sweets & Such this year. Steve Dolinsky, ABC 7's Hungry Hound, visited the shop to talk about the special offerings in her Lakeview neighborhood location.  Watch the video here.

French Pastry School | November 28, 2012

Trade shows are usually for industry folks, only -- but chocolate fans can meet artisans, see new products, and taste lots of treats at Navy Pier this weekend.

The National Chocolate Show and Chicago Fine Chocolate Show are mixing this weekend at Navy Pier.

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The French Pastry School | November 28, 2012

Pastry Chicago's 2nd Annual Brownie Competition took place on November 10, 2012 at Schweppe, an iconic kitchen supply store in Lombard, IL.  The wonderful team at Schweppe produced this video highlighting Pastry Chicago's competition and The French Pastry School's involvement in the organization.  Meet the judges, staff, volunteers, and winners of the Brownie Competition and be sure to get the winning recipes at

The French Pastry School | November 27, 2012

Kurt Fogle '06 of Grafitto Restaurant and Matt Haase '12 of Rocket Baby Bakery are both featured in's article "Haute Plates." The feature highlights local restaurants, bakeries, and cafes that are giving a high class spin to comfort food: Fogle's Caramel Apple Bread Pudding and Haase's Gingerbread Mousse and Malted Black Forest petits gateaux stood out from the crowd in an article that was heavily focused on savory items.

The French Pastry School | November 27, 2012

After graduating from L'Art de la Pâtisserie in 2010, Sandy Bierlein moved back to her home state of Michigan to set up shop. Her business storefront, Sweet Sandy B's, opened in Bay City in September of 2012 and received attention from a local publication for being part of a foodie movement in Mid Michigan. The publication, Mid Michigan Second Wave, featured Bierlein in this article.

The French Pastry School | November 19, 2012

Crumble & Flake, a bakery from L'Art de la Pâtisserie graduate Neil Robertson, has not been open for long but has already made a mark on the Seattle community. In their November issue, Seattle Magazine named Crumble & Flake the Best New Bakery of 2012.  Congratulations, Neil!  Read the article here.

The French Pastry School | November 19, 2012

Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder and academic dean of The French Pastry School, is featured on as part of The Plugra Gourmet Club.  The club, which highlights chefs from around the country and their recipes, included Chef Jacquy's classic recipe for Christmas Sablés to their Holiday Cookie Exchange.  The Plugra Gourmet Club produced four original interviews with The French Pastry School chef that can be seen on their website.

The French Pastry School | November 16, 2012

Come visit the Chicago Fine Chocolate Show at Navy Pier from November 16 - 18th to see all the world of chocolate has to offer. Chef instructors and representatives of The French Pastry School will be there giving demonstrations, building chocolate showpieces, and answering your questions about all of our events and programs. For more information and to buy tickets in advance, please visit