6821 Laguna Park Way / Sebastopol / 707-827-7998
Category: French Pastry Shop
Specialty: Elaborate wedding and fondant cakes
Mail-order online (letthemmailcake.com)
High tea service (Fri & Sat 11am – 4pm)
Hours: Fri and Sat from 10am – 5pm
Orders and pickups, Tue-Thu from 10am – 2pm
Closed Sun and Mon
***** 11/19/11 $-$$
If you’ve seen the 2000 movie, “Chocolat” starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, and Johnny Depp you will recall the shop that Vianne (Juliette Binoche) opens with her 6 year old daughter in a small town in France. Chocolaterie Maya is a magical place and everyone who enters falls under Vianne’s positive spell and the candy she makes is irresistibly divine and very habit-forming!
Patisserie Angelica is similar. Once you have visited, you will return! Two sisters, Condra Easley and Deborah Morris, were well known in the pastry business before coming to Sonoma County in 1995 from Aspen where they provided sweets for the Hollywood celebs of that trendy, ski community. Pastry Chef Easley was classically trained in several pastry shops in Paris (Fauchon with Pierre Herme and la Maison du Chocolat) and at Cacoa Barry School in France; Callebaut College in Belgium and in classes with the British Sugar Craft Guild in England. Chef Condra’s recipes have appeared in Bon Appetit, Chocolatier, Food and Beverage World and Modern Baking magazines. She is also an adjunct instructor for the CIA (Culinary Institute of America at Greystone) in St. Helena, teaching advanced decoration and wedding cake design to professional chefs.
Besides the fancy cakes and mail-order business, Patisserie Angelica makes the most amazing breakfast pastries that have created devout followers who visit frequently to enjoy some of these treats: Almond Croissants, (soaked with a simple syrup, then an almond cream is piped in the middle and on top), Cream Scones, (rich, moist and crumbly–flavors vary) or Pain au Chocolat with a cup of French Press coffee or imported teas from Mariage Freres in Paris or real French hot chocolate. Pure heaven in a cup.
Get Thee to Patisserie Angelica and enjoy a little bit of Paris in Sebastopol by spending a wonderful morning or afternoon at this heavenly shop of pastries.