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Welcome the New Confection Connection on the Block, Scratch Bakeshop of Rochester, New York

All photos courtesy of Scratch Bakeshop by Hannah Betts Scratch Bakeshop Vitals Who: Molly Hartley + Kate Cassels What: A boutique bakery purveying vegan, gluten-free and traditional custom confections Where: Rochester, New York along Park Avenue Meet Ms. Molly Hartley and Kate Cassels, the new confection connection that’s come to join the ranks of Rochester, New York’s growing creative food community. Situated along Park Avenue, the ladies open early, pop a photo of their daily specials on Instagram and only stay open until they sell out of their custom desserts. Cool New York state inspired cookies, French macarons, petit ombre cakes and cupcakes are just a few of the pastries that line their case. And, while the ladies don’t bill themselves exclusively as a vegan, gluten-free bakery, that is certainly why their confections caught Garden Eats’ attention. They may have been modest to answer when asked about featuring alternative sweets in a new market, but they are indeed just what the Rochester food scene needs- we especially appreciate their unique and thoughtful approach to working …

Design Duo Chantal & Ryan of The Horticult Join Garden Eats Today

Photos courtesy of The Horticult Tucked away in one of La Jolla’s quiet seaside neighborhoods, you may not have known about The Horticult’s “secret garden” but as you approach, the secret is out for sure, or should I say up? Just before entering you can see vivid chartreuse passion flower vines climbing up toward the sun along Horticult co-founder, Ryan’s recently created copper trellis. A look to the left and you’re met by the massive Feijoa Guava Tree branches that are almost in bloom. But when you finally walk through the gate to glance at The Horticult’s lush expanse, your jaw literally drops, mine still does- every single time I visit! Chantal and Ryan, co-creators of The Horticult have managed to conscientiously maximize every inch of their backyard garden– Ryan has a penchant for getting vertical with several new plant installments growing up along the walls. Chantal says the garden is her perfect oasis after long hours at the office. Please welcome friends and design-duo, Ryan and Chantal to Garden Eats! Garden Eats: Chantal, your writing …

Concrete Geometric Sharing V-Day Love With the LA Food Bank

I don’t really crush on movie stars {much}, more like designers, chefs and writers- people who are industrious, make things with their hands and are creatively resourceful. You might remember us featuring Concrete Geometric last year at Garden Eats, an LA based co. concepting aesthetic through concrete and of course, a current design crush of mine. While Concrete Geometric might be modest and minimal, the co.’s reputation is not- CG was recently featured at the design show Unique USA, in Southwest Magazine and other countless sites across the web. I invited Krizia, the gal behind the designs back for a chat and to feature her very cool, new V-Day heart collection. Krizia will generously donate proceeds on her sales of the hearts to the LA Food Bank this season. Garden Eats: The last time we caught up you were generously donating proceeds from your vase designs to the Nica Foundation in Nicaragua. This season you’re donating sales on your new hearts design to the LA Food Bank. Did you start Concrete Geometric with the intention …

Warren Bobrow Author of Whiskey Cocktails Stops By Garden Eats

Booze + medicine + food = my thing. Naturally, I wanted to be friends with serial cocktail book author, Mr. Warren Bobrow after learning he’d published, Apothecary Cocktails, a spirited handbook for all that ails one. I’ve been playing around with Warren’s second book, Whiskey Cocktails, where, to my benefit he’s devoted an entire section to preparing foods with the woody, winey, smoky spirit that is whiskey {did I mention Warren is a classically trained chef?!}. From the austere to the rich, Warren tested and paired countless whiskies and flavor profiles to create his new collection, and I promise, there’s more to this book than mere variations on the Manhattan, Sazerac or the Mule. A definite hint at medicinal peppered about, and a solid opportunity to discover new favorites… Garden Eats: Whisky or whiskey? And, do you have a fave? Warren Bobrow: Whiskey… and my favorites are in no order of approval.. Four Roses. Hudson Spirits.  Barrell Whiskey…  I really have no taste for Whisky… It’s too abrupt… GE: Thanks for including whiskey and food recipes- people tend …

Joined By The Sweets of Royal Rose Organic Syrups

Royal Rose vital stats: Est. 2010 What: organic, small batch, handmade simple syrups Enjoyed: … in culinary & craft cocktails, cuisine When writing The Best Craft Cocktails I scoured So Cal for small batch organic bar products and spirits- at Pigment in North Park here in San Diego I discovered Royal Rose. A sucker for gorg packaging design, I grabbed one, two, three bottles and went off to experiment. Let’s just say they ended up being printed as a staple in several of our recipes and appear in the resources section of the book! I invited Emily & Forrest to chat about why small batch, cool flavor profiles & their new muse, nature-esque Maine. Garden Eats: First, thanks for creating an organic bar and kitchen product. Second, thanks for producing small batches. Some people hear “small batch” and consider it trendy radar, but can you please explain why small batch makes perfect sense. Royal Rose: To really understand why small batch is better, you have to understand what “big batch” means. Everything we do is …

Welcome Guest PhiloSophietje®, Artist Simone Wittgen & A Sweet Holiday Giveaway!

The first couple of stops I’ll make after magic carpets are invented are to my far away friends on Instagram. When I see Simone Wittgen’s whimsical artsy food & plant-life inspired photos pop up in my feed I instantly feel this way and want to fly over to the Netherlands to have coffee at her dinner table (see that Simone, I’ve already invited myself over). I want to talk about food, how my daughter loves her artwork, how I stop for a few moments to think about her deeply meaningful, yet lighthearted quotes… I didn’t know much about Simone before interviewing her for Garden Eats aside from her feed. What I saw then and what I know now after talking with her is that she’s an intuitive artist whose work is inspired by the natural elements around her, a healthy food lover, no doubt a sweet mother and wife and clearly a creator of good vibes! We invite the people we’re naturally drawn to here at Garden Eats- Simone was instantly one of those people …