Friday, September 2, 2016

Sarasota Food Blog - SRQ Chew - Rendez-Vous French Artisan Bakery

If you have ever had a real baguette from France you will understand that any other baguette pales in comparison. For years I have been trying to find a proper baguette with that crackling crust and airy interior ever since my expat days in West Africa where French cuisine abounds. My search is finally over, right here in Sarasota of all places thanks to Rendez-Vous bakery. Opened in October 2015, the patisserie/boulangerie offers classic French pasteries and breads that rival anything on the streets of Paris. The bakery also has omelettes, a variety of sandwiches, and salads on their menu.

Chef Joel Garcia, originally from Montpellier in the South of France makes all his dough for the pastries and breads from scratch everyday. He starts his day at 3:30 in the morning. UGH! But the early mornings have not affected his joie de vivre. Sophia, Joel’s lovely wife, prepares the salads and sandwiches with perfection and a smile. I can tell they both love what they do and love sharing their  French culture with Sarasota.

Chef Joel invited me back where the dough rolling and pastry making happens. On that particular morning he was making lunettes, a cookie that resembles eye glasses, hence the name. Joe pipes raspberry jam in the middle of two big cookies and gives them a shower of powdered sugar.  While Joel was making the lunettes, almond croissants and puff pastries were baking in the oven. They smelled and looked divine in all their buttery, golden goodness.

I wrapped up my photo shoot and ordered my favorite sandwich, Le Rendezvous, a baguette with ham and butter. I have no idea where they get their butter but it's the creamiest, sweetest butter ever and it is the only condiment needed. The sandwich is a simple French classic just like the bakery.

Rendez-Vous bakery is a delightful and friendly spot for breakfast, a light lunch or if you’re just in the mood for a pastry and coffee. Much to be admired and tasted.

Merci, Joe, Sophie and Adele for putting an end to my search for a proper baguette. Thanks also to my Sarasota food blog followers on A bientot!

Rendez-Vous Bakery
5336 Clark Rd.
Sarasota, Fl. 34238

Open Tuesday-Saturday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday Closed

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Photos by Kyra Barger of Faso Photography

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