Not only it’s very good, but could this be a trend towards a French Quarter in Brevard County? The arrival of a new bakery and cafe in Suntree aims to satisfy the taste of French cuisine in the Viera / Suntree area.
With a third French restaurant planned in the Suntree-Viera district, a new culinary trend that includes baguettes, cassoulet, ratatouille and macaroons, it’s very good.
“Americans have always considered everything French chic, and authentic French is rare” said Jacqueline Dittmore, owner, pastry chef and pastry chef of Jacqueline Bakery in historic downtown Melbourne. She plans to open a second similar restaurant at Suntree Plaza by late summer or fall due to demand.
“With the second best performing economy in the country according to the Milken Institute, thanks to our diverse aerospace, defense and manufacturing base, which pays high salaries, the Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville metropolitan area is ready for entrepreneurial success stories like this. “said Brian Baluta, communications director for the Florida Space Coast Economic Development Commission.
Originally from Ohio, Dittmore and her French husband Christophe opened their restaurant in Melbourne in 2016 after moving from Paris, where she lived and trained for two decades. She holds a major diploma in cooking and pastry from the famous Le Cordon Bleu and a certificate in artisan baking from the Ferrandi culinary school in Paris.
The restaurant will serve breakfast and lunch (hot and cold sandwiches, vegetarian and meat salads, quiches and savory pies) and sell pastries and other baked goods and desserts.
“Our macaroons are prepared on site and are the best on the market,” she said.
Restaurants also sell ice cream, coffees and other drinks, made-to-order cakes, quiches and savory pies. Catering is offered. Dittmore contracts with a French winemaker to supply Bordeaux wines.
“Everything we serve is prepared from scratch every day,” she said. His recipes have a Parisian influence, based on European butter, non-GMO artisanal flour, real vanilla pods and French chocolate.
“Melbourne’s kitchen is small, so at 4 am we start baking croissants and breads,” she said, to be ready to open at 7:30 am every day.
The Suntree Bakery will be larger, 2,400 square feet. “It will have a real commercial kitchen with a deck oven,” she said.
Suntree Restaurant will also open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 8:30 p.m. daily. Dittmore plans to hire four bakers and a dozen full-time and part-time salespeople. The menu will be similar to the Melbourne store.
“Prices could be a bit higher because of the new minimum wage,” she said.
Dittmore said his family visited his brother, Marc, in Brevard County in 2015. “It reminded us of Corsica.” Four months later, the family moved here.
For more information, visit jacquelinebakery.com.
Chez Cani Café Bistro
The originality of French cuisine enlivens the taste buds with the dishes of the French restaurant Chez Cani in Suntree.
One of these dishes is the salad made with gizzards, croutons, pine nuts, bacon, foie gras, fig vinaigrette and French bread.
“It’s a typical meal from the region of France where we come from,” said Nicolas Memes, the owner of Chez Cani who moved with his wife, Carine, to Brevard County from the Bordeaux region in the south. -West of France.
The meal topped off with a homemade crème brûlée dessert was the best, said Adam Palumbo, Creative Director of Bluewater Creative Group.
“The dressing was superb, tangy and sweet which complemented the flavorful gizzards that tickle the tongue – all the ingredients are so unique but harmonize perfectly in the mouth – it’s all in the details,” said Palumbo.
The other specialties are charcuterie boards, foie gras, beef bourguignon, ratatouille, Landes salad and pancakes.
Chez Cani at 6375 N. Wickham Road, Suite 108, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as catering, a private chef experience and teatime with pastries.
Chez Cani also sells products imported from France such as dry meats and cheeses, baked goods and chocolates. Special events include Cassoulet Night and Couscous Night.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
For more information visit chezcani.com.
The Crave Café
For sweet and savory pancakes, rice pilaf with French onion, boba tea and gelato, you will be drawn into Le Crave Cafe. And that’s just one part of its big menu list.
It offers breakfast, lunch and brunch at its Suntree location at 6525 Third St., Unit 107, US 1 and Suntree Blvd. There is also a Le Crave at Titus Landing in Titusville.
Owner Tuan Le said Le Crave offers something for everyone and offers a new option in fresh, fast, high quality restaurants.
“American, Italian, Chinese and Thai restaurants can be found on almost every street corner,” Le said. “Le Crave brings a new trend to the region – classic Breton-style pancakes with a modern twist.”
Le is a Vietnamese immigrant who studied cuisine from Brittany, France, combined with his training as an engineer.
“Food is chemistry and art,” he said.
He spent two years creating the house’s signature coffee recipe that is “strong but sweet, neither bitter nor sour” to pair with his sweet pancakes.
“It took me more than six months to develop the recipe for savory buckwheat pancakes”,
His pancakes are crispier than some, he said, in the style served in northwestern France, where the pancakes originated from. “Mine are different from those served in Paris,” he said.
The hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day. For more information visit lecravecafe.com.
Residents of Brevard County revel in the mouth-watering, rich flavor of French pastries with Macaron.
The Viera boutique is bright pink and comes out of the window filled with colorful, beautiful and sweet French cookies and pastries.
The owners of Macaron à Viera are delighted to have chosen the area for their unique pastry.
Owners Valérie and Fabrice Chauvet moved from Paris to Brevard and opened a Macaron in Melbourne four years ago. They opened the Viera store two years ago.
“Coming here was really the American dream, like a fantasy,” says Fabrice Chauvet. “It’s a better life for our son with much better opportunities for school.”
The Viera du Macaron location is in Viera Avenue.