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Holiday Bakeshop 12/20 & 12/21 With Menu!

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Come find all your sweet holiday gifts on 12/20 and 12/21 from 12-5pm at Franklin Street Works in Stamford!

 You can also pre-order on the ‘shop’ page or by emailing me erin@sweetpistachio.com. Shipped Orders must be placed by 12/19 at the latest!

Here is the menu (For Now)-

Assorted Macarons: Pistachio, Apple Brandy Caramel, Earl Grey, Chocolate, Lemon Tart & Matcha Green Tea.

Caramels: Bourbon Caramel, Pistachio Cardamom Caramel & Stout’n’Pretzel Caramel

Cheesecake Truffles: Creamy, classic cheesecake dipped in dark chocolate

‘Nutella’ ‘Oreos’: Dark chocolate wafer cookies sandwiched with a chocolate hazelnut buttercream

Oatmeal Pie: An Emmett Family secret, an impossible to resist mix between a bowl of oats and a pecan pie. Brown sugary goodness.

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The Holiday Season is Here!!

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Thanks to CT Bites for a feature in their Food Lovers Holiday Gift Guide this morning!  I am excited to jump into a busy holiday season here on the East Coast!


http://www.ctbites.com/home/2014/12/3/2014-ct-food-lovers-holiday-gift-guide.html


December Holiday Pop-Up Bakeshop dates to come!  Please stay tuned and as always, feel free to email me or call me with any custom order inquiries!

Full Holiday Gift Menu coming soon!  I’m working on some pretty stellar festive macaron flavors and lots of other unique treats to share with your family and friends.

Keep Sweet Pistachio in mind for any holiday party as well as client gifts!  I love doing custom orders big or small, so please just shoot me an email!  Erin@sweetpistachio.com

 

 

Thanksgiving Pop-Up Bakeshop

Thanksgiving Pop-Up Bakeshop in Stamford, CT!

On Saturday, 11/22, Sunday, 11/23 and Wednesday, 11/26 from 12- 5pm, Sweet Pistachio Pâtisserie will be setting up shop at Franklin Street Works, a not- for-profit contemporary art space and Cafe located at 41 Franklin St. in Stamford.

In addition to the classic pumpkin pie and an Emmett family secret oatmeal pie, offerings include seasonal French macarons, mini salted caramel chocolate cakes, handmade ‘oreos’, CT apple butter, killer cranberry sauce and more. Given the growing request, gluten-free pies will be available as well as the always gluten-free, macarons.

 All items can be pre-ordered on the website or at Franklin Street Works for Wednesday 11/26 pick up. Prices will range from $1.50 for individual items to $30 for packaged gift assortments.

With the big UBS Parade Spectacular this Sunday and the increasingly cold temperatures, Franklin Street Works is a perfect location to warm up with some Sweet Pistachio signature hot chocolate and baked goods!

While there, patrons can pick up and/or order all their sweet needs for their upcoming Thanksgiving feast while also taking a look at Franklin Street Works’ newest exhibition, About Like So: The Influence of Painting.

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Here goes my very first Sweet Pistachio Blog post! Please be patient with me, as it’s been quite some time since I was writing rather than baking all day!

Big developments in the world of Sweet Pistachio! About 4 years ago I bought a domain name as a kind of side hobby of holiday bakery sales and hopeful future business venture. Since then, I have travelled through about 3 full time Pastry Chef jobs as well as moved across the country from NYC to San Francisco. After the conclusion of each job, I would tell myself that was it and I was going to go full force into creating the business of Sweet Pistachio. Well, I’m finally there!

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I left a cushy 9-5 M-F job as the Pastry Chef of 2 boutique French macaron shops and have been steam rolling myself into starting a custom pastry design company. It’s been nearly 6 months! It’s similar to the feeling one gets when they are promoted to management in any company. You think it’s glamorous and all you have to do is tell people what to do. In the end, you become the paperwork person, the one people turn to when something gets messed up and the one who has to deal with organizing everything. Being an entrepreneur is similar, except there is even more paperwork and there is no one to yell at you except for yourself, oh, and the health department.

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I won’t turn this into a novel for my first post, so I’ll get to the fun, colorful stuff! Sweet Pistachio has been making its rounds in some local markets the past couple of months, which is exciting and a good lesson on products, marketing and ‘customer service.’ In March, I began selling some items through a new and exciting start-up called Zaarly . It’s a unique online marketplace where you can buy handmade artisanal goods from local vendors who post a profile and storefront on the site. They also offer free delivery within the city, which is pretty awesome. They asked me to be a part of their Bazaar in March and I was delighted to have the opportunity to start selling my treats to the masses! The Bazaar was a real whirlwind of over 400 people in a rather petite room of myself and 20 or so other vendors.

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I sold some pretty unique flavors of French macarons and some of my mom’s famous oatmeal pies. I’m the kind of person who is convinced that I am capable of doing anything and everything on my own. It’s a good thing I gave into a worrisome boyfriend and some eager friends, because I would have really flopped if they weren’t there to help!

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A couple of weekends later, Sweet Pistachio had a booth at the Treasure Island Flea, which was a completely different kind of event, but just as fun!

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This time, there were more like 300-400 vendors and it lasted for 2 whole days. I think it takes throwing yourself into these kind of things in order to figure out the best way to organize for next time. It’s the obvious things you forget to think about like a tent to keep you and your baked goods from melting or multiple tables to make space for sample cutting or rubber gloves or sample bowls. Oh, sample cutting. Everyone loves a free sample…or 8! I’m used to slapping greedy servers’ wrists for coming back to the kitchen to scavenge my dessert leftovers. When I’m in front of hundreds of potential customers, I’m going to have to work on my willingness to give them everything they need in order to want to purchase my product. Luckily, I have one of the best teachers by my side, my insurance salesman of a boyfriend! Despite my poor sales techniques, we sold out of nearly everything that I had made including the extra pies I made in between the two market days!

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It’s funny how daunting the ‘starting a business’ seems in the beginning, but now that ball is rolling and I’m excited to keep it that way!

Keep following my blog posts for upcoming events, news and special deals!