Disheartened in Fellow Bakers

Expected to see Morsels at the Evanston Farmers Market this summer?

Unfortunately, Bennison's Bakery and Great Harvest are asking the City Manager to ban any bakers that are not Evanston residents, and that do not have brick and mortar stores in Evanston. This decision is against the current city ordinance that was passed in 2008 stating that the Farmer’s Market Manager can decide who is and isn’t allowed in the market.

To me, this is not what a farmers market is all about, and am ashamed of Bennison's and Great Harvest. Will this also start to set a precedent for all other categories at the market? Can you imagine only 1 vegetable vendor, and 1 fruit vendor? Also, why do they feel that they can ask this and still participate in Green City, Andersonville, and Glenwood's farmers markets? 

If you do not agree with this, I ask for your support by submitting a complaint by calling the City of Evanston at 847-448-4311 or contacting the City Manager, Wally Bobkiewicz, at 847-866-2936 or wbobkiewicz@cityofevanston.org. Your alderman would also be a great source to voice your support.

The Friends of the Farmers Market is supporting us 100% and board president, Vikki Proctor is also available to be reached at 847-894-3236 or proctorvikki@icloud.com for questions.

This not only affects Morsels, but 7 other bakers in the Chicagoland area. We hope that with all of your support this will be overturned! In the case that it is not, we feel privileged to have been a part of the Evanstons Farmers Market, and lucky to have gained so many great customers!

Kickstarter 1 Year Anniversary

One year ago today, my Kickstarter project was successfully funded! I am super proud of how Morsels is growing, and am so thankful that we were able to get started with your financial contributions through the Kickstarter campaign. I am confident our desserts are unlike anything else and that our success will continue to grow. 

Thank you again for support and faith in Morsels! 

 

 

This is the time for fruit tarts, cream cakes, and parfaits!

September is one of my favorite months of the year because it's when the most delectable fruits are available. All summer long we've been enjoying fresh berries, but in September, they're especially delicious and juicy. This is the time for fruit tarts, cream cakes, and parfaits! 

Some favorite Morsels fruit desserts to get before the season is over.....

-Berry Fruit Tart with Vanilla Pastry Cream

-Fresh Raspberries filled with Chocolate

-Berry Cream Cake

-Key Lime Pie

-Berry Cream Parfait

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All of these desserts can be customized with your favorite berry, whipped cream or pastry cream, and flavor of cake. Add a special touch with some bittersweet chocolate, or granola. 

Place your order now, or stop by this Saturday at the Evanston Farmers Market to get a special dessert for your Labor Day weekend gathering or a start of school teacher gift.

Be sure to enjoy these wonderful berries before they're gone! 

 

 

Macaron vs Macaroon

Many people ask me, "Do you make macaroons?" And the first thing I ask is, "Do you mean macaroons or macarons?" 

The macaroon, pronounced mah-kah-ROON, is an unleavened cookie made with sweetened coconut flakes or with almond paste, dipped in chocolate.

The macaron, pronounced mah-kah-ROHN, is a french style cookie with two meringue shells sandwiching a filling. The shells are crisp and fragile on the outside, and chewy on the inside, with a filling that is sweet and creamy. Traditionally, macarons are chocolate, vanilla, lemon and raspberry. Today, they come in innumerable flavors and colors with filling made out jam, ganache, buttercream and even ice cream. 

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At this time, Morsels only makes the French traditional macarons. 

Out and about around town

We have been enjoying being at the Evanston Farmers Market. It started at the end of May and we will be there almost every Saturday until November. Check out the website calendar to see which dates we will be there and what we will be featuring. http://www.morselspatisserie.com/farmers-market-schedule/?view=calendar&month=July-2015

Morsels has joined the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and will be providing desserts for their events, such as pick up parties, quarterly meetings, and festivals. The ICBG is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1997 and is dedicated to promoting the development and expansion of the craft beer industry in Illinois. Its efforts are focused on promoting, educating and legislating. Learn more about the ICBG here: http://www.illinoisbeer.com/about/. Morsels will also be providing welcome gift bags for all new ICBG members welcoming them to the guild.

Morsels has also been added to the preferred vendor list for Mesirow Financial to supply desserts for meetings, luncheons, cocktail parties, and internal employee events. 

In November, we will be showcasing at Cornucopia, the Women's Club of Evanston gift fair (http://cornucopia.wcofe.org), and at America's Baking and Sweets Show in Schaumburg (http://americasbakingandsweetsshow.com). Come by and see us! 

If you know of any businesses or events that you'd like to see Morsels at, send us a note! 

 

 

Morsels Patisserie Blog

Welcome to Morsels Patisserie’s blog, devoted to the making of delectable desserts and a place to learn about fresh seasonal ingredients and pastry supplies and techniques.

I’m Dawn, chef and owner of Morsels Patisserie, a dessert catering company in Chicago. With the launch of the new website, I thought it would be a good time to start a blog for Morsels friends to follow the progression of orders, observe research and development ideas and production, and act as a platform to ask questions. 

Stay tuned; it’s going to be a sweet adventure!