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Great Cakes & Cupcakes at Forever Sweet Bakery

Forever Sweet Bakery is celebrating its third anniversary as one of the most creative bakeries for cupcakes, cake pops, and special occasion themed cakes. Located off the beaten path in a strip mall on New Canaan Avenue in Norwalk, CTbites visited on opening day several years ago and over the last three years the bakery has received numerous accolades including the 2014 & 2015 Best of the Gold Coast Cupcakes. CTbites recently returned to Forever Sweet to confirm the original impression and taste the expanded offerings of cupcakes that owners Sky and Frances Mercede have created.

Over the years, their cakes have been featured at many political victory parties and charity events including the Connecticut Food Bank, the Westport Little League and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Sky and Frances believe in giving back to the community as often as possible. 

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14 Places For Great Holiday Pies in CT

Holiday season is heeeere, with its feasts and parties, and let’s be honest, you can’t really have too much pie, now can you? Note: with the brief exception of a kooky aunt who, after a post-Thanksgiving bout on the tread mill, did wearily proclaim “Too....Much....Pie!” but that’s another story for another time. So where to go for the best pies with the flakiest crusts, sweetest streusel toppings and the most flavorful fillings? We’ll be happy to tell you. Get those dessert plates ready and, might want to loosen that belt.

Here are 14 places to buy great holiday pies in CT.

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Wave Hill Breads Turns 10: An Interview with the Bakers of Some Seriously Great Bread

Wave Hill Breads turns 10 this year. We sat down with Mitch Rapoport and Margaret Sapir to talk about 10 years in the bread biz. 

What made you decide to launch Wave Hill Breads? Having observed that there was so little outstanding bread between New York and Boston, we recognized an unmet need. After we tasted remarkable bread at a restaurant in Stowe, Vermont, we tracked down the French baker, apprenticed to him, and brought authentic French bread-making techniques Connecticut.

Has the business of baking changed in the past 10 year? How? Our business has changed since we moved to Norwalk from Wilton.   We expanded our product line and now offer a wider variety of breads, croissants, and pastries.  We opened a Café which won Best Bistro on the Gold Coast from Moffly Media but it distracted from our core wholesale business.  We also participated in the short-lived Sono Marketplace. With so many restaurant and store clients, we automated our delivery and production tracking.   But we still shape every loaf, croissant, and cookie by hand. 

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10 Questions w/ John Barricelli @ Sono Baking Company's 10 Year Anniversary

This summer marks the 10 year anniversary for Sono Baking Company. To celebrate the milestone of this beloved local bakery, we sat down with owner, John Barricelli, to talk about the business of baking and his plans for the future.  

What made you decide to launch Sono Baking Company? 

We launched Sono 10 years ago because we found that the need for baked goods and breads were hard to find in this area....everything was being brought up from the city....I always wanted to bake bread in a big oven early in the morning with no days off!

Has the business of baking changed in the past 10 year? How?

The business has not changed, but competition has grown a little....we still think we are superior to anything out there...we bake fresh everyday....bake locally, distribute locally.

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The Cake Boss Opening Carlo’s Bakery At Mohegan Sun September 12th

Photo from Buddy Valastro on InstagramCarlo’s Bakery, the setting of the hit TLC series Cake Boss, will open its doors in the Winter section of Casino of the Earth on Saturday, September 12th. Carlo’s Bakery at Mohegan Sun is the brand’s eleventh location and first ever New England venue. The bakery will offer all the same famous Italian pastries and specialty cakes that originated in Hoboken.

Carlo’s Bakery at Mohegan Sun, as it will be formally known, will also introduce The Sweet Room. Unique to the Mohegan Sun location, the Sweet Room is a dessert-only dining concept slated to feature a small menu of decadent Italian-inspired innovations. The Sweet Room will be open from 5:00pm to 1:00am every day.

“Mohegan Sun is such a cool, all-encompassing destination in Connecticut,” said Buddy Valastro, owner of Carlo’s Bakery. “Opening a bakery there just seems like a perfect fit for us as we continue to grow our family business and join communities where our fans and their families can make a day out of their visit if they wanted to.”  

What you need to know:

  • WHAT: Grand Opening of Carlo’s Bakery in Mohegan Sun
  • WHENSaturday, September 12, 2015
  • WHERE: Winter section of Casino of the Earth, Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville, CT 06382

Best Doughnuts in CT 2015 Edition: Friday June 5 is National Doughnut Day!

Yes, it’s a recognized national holiday, and CT has great doughnuts for sweettooths ready to celebrate! Here are places serving delicious ones.  Thank you, readers, for your contributions!

Uncle Leo’s, Redding
Speedy Donuts, Norwalk
Whitney Donut & Sandwich Shop, Hamden
Lakeside Diner, Stamford
Beach Donuts, Old Lyme
Darien Doughnut, Darien
Orangeside, New Haven
Lorca, Stamford
Coffee An’ Donuts, Westport
Stew Leonard’s, Norwalk, Danbury, Newington, Yonkers 
SoNo Baking Company, Norwalk
Donut Crazy, Shelton, Stratford
Neil's Donuts, Wallingford
Faddy's Doughnuts & Ice Cream, Windsor

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Ross' Bread in Ridgefield Changes Ownership

Photo: Ross' BreadRoss' Bread in Ridgefield, the popular bakery and café announced on March 31 that the business was changing hands from one Ridgefield family, Ross and Val Schneiderman, to another, Amy Freidenrich after six years in business.

The bakery follows the tradition of neighborhood European bakeries, with daily homemade breads (the Sweet Earth is a personal favorite), to cakes, pastries and soups using predominantly organic flour and ingredients. The location, tucked in the busy Marketplace at Copps Hill, has supported its mission and established the café as a popular meeting spot.

In an excerpt from a letter from the Schneiderman's, the business underscored the community support and its vision:

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Sono Baking Company Opens in Downtown Westport Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, March 17th, SoNo Baking Company will open the doors to its newest location in downtown Westport at 44 Church Lane. Owner John Barricelli will breath new life into the spot that once housed Java Coffee with a full breakfast and lunch menu for local Westport guests and lovers of SoNo's baked good, breads and coffee. 

What should diners and shoppers expect? The downtown location will mirror SoNo Baking Company's SONO menu and concept and will feature eggs and breakfast specialties including Belgian waffles and pancakes followed by soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch. 

A 12 person communal table anchors the dining space, which seats 50, and the patio will open with an additional 20 seats as soon as weather permits. 

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DiMare Pastry to Open Second Location in Downtown Stamford

Here’s some great news for residents of downtown Stamford…

DiMare Pastry Shop has announced that it will open its third location at 30 Spring Street in Stamford, serving its delicious cakes, pies, cupcakes, pastries, rolls, breads and its ever-popular and outrageous cannoli dip. The location will be named DiMare Pastry Downtown and is convenient to the explosion of apartments in downtown Stamford along Washington, Atlantic and Bedford.

The newest location on Spring Street will be familiar for patrons of Bar Rosso and Volta as DiMare becomes the third occupant in this storefront. The interior design is currently in the planning and development phase and the artist rendering on their Facebook page (above) indicates a sleek design to showcase their outstanding baked goods. Thanks to OmNomCT for confirming the details.

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Scratch Baking's Loaf of the Week Program

THE winter CSA for your bread box is BACK with Scratch Baking's Loaf of the Week club. Beginning on January 9, 2015 for 8 carb-filled weeks, Scratch Baking in Milford is kicking-off their third annual "Loaf of the Week" clubParticipants, or "loafers," receive a surprise bread and spread each week, paired with a recipe.  

Scratch Baking's manager Alex Malaspinas chalked the success of the program up to Scratch's community-minded approach:

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