Stopped by Blackmarket Bakery this morning to munch on some carb delights and found out Rachel Klemek and the gang are scheming up something new in their kitchen laboratory.
The last open house I attended showcased their love of wine flour. Penne pasta caberneti and nutty noir Cabernet brownie samples were served up alongside other treats. I also recall goodie bags for the early birds and a Barcelona On the Go appearance. What are we in store for this round?
From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, it'll be a baking bacchanal.
Are you a hands-on person? Is DIY your middle name? The bakery team want to show you how easy it is to decorate on your own. Leave the tasty cake base to them and watch real-time demos on personalizing desserts. Get your questions answered. Maybe there will be an opportunity to try your hand with their . . .
. . . coupon and drawings! Special fliers available in-store offer a $5 (not footlong) deal. Order your own two- or three-tier cake online and redeem the flier for five bucks back when you pick up your treat. Of course, you could just turn that money around and pick up a lil' shortbread for your sweetheart–just sayin'. If you're feeling lucky, stick around for the chance to win a free cake. Who gives away entire cakes these days? Rachel does. If a sure thing is what you're seeking, go ahead and line up for those . . .
. . . samples galore! Figure out if you're more of a cake-, tart- or confection-lover. I'm more of a mini-tart–wait, that didn't come out right. Let's hope you had a light brekkie and left room for all that sugar and spice. I mean, they did win the OC Weekly's Best Bakery award last year. If you're in it for the food trucks, no worries: Dogzilla and Piaggio On Wheels will be open for lunch service.
Check out the only open house that won't involve HOAs or escrows. Resistance is futile.
Blackmarket Bakery, 17941 SkyPark Circle, Ste. E, Irvine, (949) 852-4609; blackmarketbakery.com.
A contributing writer for OC Weekly, Anne Marie freelances for multiple online and print publications, and guest judges for culinary competitions. A Bay Area transplant, she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Find her on Instagram as brekkiefan.