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“Coto Voice – Food Finds”  January Issue 2012

Savoie’s Fare Pastry & Cafe, Laguna Niguel 

 

 In an effort to figure out who I was last year, I came up with the blog:  http://www.DinenDesign.wordpress.com, because when I’m not dining, I’m designing (and vice versa).  I recently experienced both at a wonderful bakery and café, called Savoie’s Fare in Laguna Niguel.  Local Coto de Caza resident, Kristine Stack, owns this wonderful little establishment and recently has updated the look, tone and feel and had me transform the feel into relaxed, faraway places of Venice and Capri through murals in the dining rooms.

A Unique Painting Experience

After a long productive day of making many people very happy through Savoie’s Fare’s artistic cakes and pastries, lovely menu items and cheerful service, the kitchen was cleaned, the beautiful pastries were delicately put away in an oversized refrigerator, the servers had cashed in their tips, and Kristine locked up and said, “Good night, Christie.  Help yourself to some pastries. And, oh, there is some wine open if you’d like.”   I thought to myself, “Is this really happening?  It’s 10:00pm, I’m alone in this restaurant, amidst fading dinner aromas, moody jazz music, I’m able to have any pastry I want, and a glass of wine to boot, and my “job” is to paint beautiful scenes from faraway places.”  Life doesn’t get much better than this!  Every one of my senses was evoked and I thought I was in heaven!  After an hour or so of painting, I took a break and had a sample piece of their Chocolate Truffle Mousse Cake.  Un-believable!   As I stood on top of my ladder, this euphoria came over me.  I felt so blessed for so many reasons and was so thankful for this experience.  Could chocolate actually affect me in this way?  I know in my favorite movie, “Chocolat,” that the main character’s chocolates aroused people (and the worst part was it was during Lent – oh the temptation!).  Over the next few weeks, I painted many nights and Mondays (as they are closed on Mondays) and I can truly attest that there is something special in Savoie Fare’s desserts (because I tried a lot of them)… and I like them all!  I need to pray for self-control, because if this is like a drug, I’m hooked!


Chef Jacques Savoie

Through many early mornings, I met and got to know Chef Jacque Savoie who has had a 30+ year, distinguished career as a Pastry Chef working at notable places, such as the Westin Hotel, Ottawa, the Four Seasons Hotel in Montreal, The Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel, Pasadena and the Ritz-Carlton in Mauna Lani, Hawaii.  He has won many competitions at culinary shows well before there was such a thing as Cake Wars on the Food Network.  His wedding and specialty-order cakes are truly works of art!  We agreed that if I teach him to paint, he’ll teach me to be a pastry chef.  Life keeps getting more interesting!

The Staff

The wait staff, chefs and assistant pastry chefs have been with Savoie Fare for at least 6-13 years!   They really are a lovely group who truly love serving others, in life, and at the restaurant.

The Menu

Savoie’s Fare has a well rounded and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner menu (please note hours/days of the week they serve at the end of this article).  Cindy, Andrew, Ken and I went to breakfast on a crisp December morning.  When it’s cold outside the smells of the café came alive even more.  Among the four of us we had the following yummy breakfasts: Eggs Not Quite Benedict (two poached eggs on English muffins, served with Brie cheese and fresh fruit); Skirt Steak & Eggs (eggs, yummy seasoned potatoes, sliced tomato and choice of toast); Savoie’s Fare Scramble (eggs, spinach, mushrooms, tomato, topped with melted Swiss cheese and served with fruit/potatoes); Crepe Dianne (one thin crepe stuffed with chicken, asparagus, Swiss cheese and Bechamel sauce & topped with cranberries – my favorite!).  I regret not trying the Quiche, as I hear it’s worth coming back for. Their lunch menu is full of creative plates like, wonderful soups, salads, pastas, sandwiches (my choice: Grilled Portobello Mushroom sandwich and the French Onion soup!).  In the evening, to start off with, I would recommend the Coconut Shrimp, Chicken Pot Stickers, and/or Tuna Tartar.  For dinner, they have a wide variety of mouth watering entrees (starting at about $22); some of my favorites choices are the Baked Salmon, Alaskan Halibut, Filet Mignon and the Meatloaf.

The Reviews Are In – Comments from others

It seems I’m not the only one with positive things to say about Savoie’s Fare.  Some other comments read as follows:  “This is the only place in OC with truthful genius French pastries…if I want to waste my calories on dessert, it will only be here.”  “Best kept secret.”  “Pros:  great menu, desserts, service/staff, cakes and selection; Cons:  closed on Mondays.”  “The desserts are beautiful and taste like heaven.”  (Honestly, there were at least 3 reviewer comments like this one and mine!)  “My wedding cake was amazing!”  “It is my favorite place for a special lunch or quiet dinner.”

Web Site & Location

To see more works of culinary art, visit Savoie’s Fare web site:  www.savoiefare.com, or better yet, stop by and see art in action yourself!

Savoie’s Fare Pastry & Cafe
31161 Niguel Road (at Clubhouse Drive)
Laguna Niguel, CA  92677
949-240-6613

Call to make a reservation for a special Valentine dinner!  Or order individual pastries as special gifts for others.  There is something here for everyone!
Hours:

Breakfast:  Sat/Sun 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch:  Tues-Sun  11:00am-5:00pm
Dinner:  Wed-Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm

Bon Apetit!

Christie, Cindy, Andrew & Ken