|Rea created The Villager newspaper in 2002|
|The original look in 2000|
|My Grandmother the family baker|
From the time I was a little kid, I loved spending weekends with my grandparents. My Grandmother was an incredible baker who turned out oodles of cakes, cookies and breads from a tiny gas oven in their small kitchen. I would wake up Saturday morning to the intoxicating aromas of fresh baked food. The living room furniture, covered with clean white sheets, held the amazing results of her baking since 5 am.
|The main dining room at Bonni Bakes|
My goal was to create a comfortable environment where people could relax and eat delicious food, freshly made using pure ingredients, at a reasonable price. And I did. Fifteen years later people still talk about those great thin crust pizzas.
|The Mahon Pizza I created was a favorite|
|Vegan Pizza was always available|
In the beginning there was my first true love BREAD.
|Crusty loaves, Breadstix, crackers, muffins, flatbread, biscotti, sweet breads & more|
The hardest part was figuring out how to produce enough by myself, a self-taught baker. I ultimately worked it out with the wonderful help of customers, many of whom became friends. There were hectic times when customers on their lunch hour picked up the slack...Lori the lawyer served drinks and Father Ron took orders.
|Hardly a grey hair back in the early days|
Many people brought their favorite CDs to play & share as well. Romances started in that dining room and new businesses were forged. Fund raisers, like CAFE and ARTSY UNDIES, helped educate & support community activities.
|First Place Winner of Artsy Undies Breast Cancer Fundraiser|
We were a family that extended out the door & included the Village of the Arts community too. The year Rea died I hosted a communal Thanksgiving Dinner which helped to ease the pain in my heart. Here are some of the other food memories we enjoyed through the years.
|Spanish Salad from our Minorcan Dinner|
|One of many critters I sculpted out of dough|
|Our 7 cakes for Franny's Quinceanera|
|A catered tray of Asian Summer Rolls|
|House baked bagel with cream cheese & lox platter|
|New York Onion Rolls|
|Homemade soup was always on the menu|
|Unique cookies for all occasions|
|Painted Desert artfully decorated crackers|
|Middle Eastern lunch platter with fresh pita|
|Rugelach ala Grandma|
Join me during the January ArtWalk this Friday from 6-9pm and help celebrate 15 years since we both opened & enjoy FREE cake.
Stop by my driveway at 932 12th St West, where I'll be set up.
I'll resume my regular baking schedule next Monday by posting the week's MENU on January 5th. Until then,
Best wishes for a healthy, happy, prosperous & peaceful NEW YEAR
Hugs from my kitchen,
Bonni (aka Bakes) and the newly Pinkie Twinkie