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Francois' Religieuse

After Payard Patisserie and Bistro closed in June of 2009 one of most common topics of conversation among UES food connoisseurs was when and where Payard would open another shop.  On Monday (Oct 29th) they will get there wish when “FP Patisserie” opens to the public.  This shop is very different from the three FPB-branded NYC bakeries.

“This is a Patisserie–maybe [it’s] too French! But it’s very elegant” said Payard. The vibe is super-classy and super elegant, with a large–and striking chandelier with hand-blown glass elements, and comfy leather banquettes in the back “parlor” room.  Payard says the three sections of the shop are meant to evoke three different feelings.  The front of the shop containing the pasty and macaron case is meant to be very modern–the pastry case, for example is a cutting-edge model that opens from the outside with a hydraulic piston to hold the door up.  A special air circulation system keeps temperature and humidity at optimal macaron or pastry levels.  There’s a black glass mirror behind the counter–it’s all very sleek. (more…)

Not available in stores: Francisco Migoya's eclair

Eclairs: delicious fancy French pastry or dressed up creme puff?

Eclairs represent an odd segment of the dessert category in the US.  Even though the best ones are coveted by pastry enthusiasts and sold in the fanciest French patisseries, they are also found along with their cousin, the cream puff, in the frozen section in supermarkets and even in Walmart (!) (more…)

Payard's Chocolate dipped peanut butter macaron from the 2010 show

Zac Young's oreo creation from the 2010 show

The New York Chocolate Show is back in town again Thursday, November 10th through Sunday November 13 at the Metropolitan Pavillion.  The show brings together over 65 local and international chocolate vendors under one roof.  My annual chocolate show tip still applies: take advantage of the advance purchase option and avoid the massive lines.  This will enable you to maximize chocolate consumption time.  More tips and ticket information after the jump (more…)

Pumpkin cake from Francois Payard

Despite the big New York City Pastry Chef news today–Halloween is coming and I have to post some of the cool stuff on offer.  On the high end, there’s Francois Payard’s pumpkin cake ($28.00). (more…)

New York Food and Wine Festival - Sweet Event sponsored by Godiva

New York Food and Wine Festival - Sweet Event on September 29th, sponsored by Godiva

I can’t believe how many Dessert Buzz favorites are attending the “Sweet” event at the New York Food and Wine Festival (Tonight!).  It will be a truly awesome event this for any attendee, so grab your tickets asap since this event will sell out. EVENT IS SOLD OUT! Pastry chefs attending the event who have been featured on DessertBuzz  include  Francois Payard (interview) of Francois Chocolate Bar, Gustav Tzoc (interview) of Abe and Arthur’s, Andrea Jarosh of Donatella, Michelle Park of Kyotofu, Karen DeMasco of Locanda Verde, Catrine Oscarson of Mas, Ludovic Augendre and Florian Bellange of Mad Mac, Johnny Iuzzini of Jean Georges, Alison Kave of First Prize Pies and Ron Ben-Israel Cakes,  Details below.

Don't miss Andrea Jarosh's desserts at the New York food and wine sweet event - sponsored by Godiva

Andrea Jarosh's Sfogliatella dessert from Donatella

Karen DeMasco Mini Rhubarb Pie

Mad-Mac's Macarons


Payard's coconut chocolate and coconut push-up pop

In addition to the great pastry that you can always find at FC Chocolate Bar in the Plaza Hotel, Mr. Payard has added some fun, ice-cream-based items just in time for summer.  On Friday I tried two of his push-up pops.  The chocolate-coconut-chocolate and the raspberry-coconut-strawberry.  The ice cream in both pops was very rich and creamy but the coconut and chocolate get the nod because the dark chocolate and the super-flavorful coconut, go really well together.  Both pops are, however, equally fun to eat! $5.00 each.


Francois Payard Opera Cake

As has become a tradition on Dessertbuzz, we have some breaking Payard News.  The temporary pop-up shop in the Plaza Hotel will become the permanent new home for Francois Chocolate Bar.  The Chocolate Bar currently located in the Mauboussin Jewlery store on Madison Ave will close Tomorrow at 6:30!

Payard's Pan Au Chocolat