Located in the Arts District of Historic Downtown Vero Beach, The Patisserie is the place to go for breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon treat. The French-inspired American bakery makes all of their products in-house from scratch with as many local and organic ingredients as possible.
Get to know chef/partner Mark Edmonds and the incredible delights made in the Patisserie kitchen with Red Ape Cinnamon.
What influenced you to open a bakery and why Vero Beach?
Christian and I had a similar bakery outside of New York City, which we closed 2 years ago. One of our investors had a house in Vero Beach. We visited several times and found the perfect spot! Vero turned out to be a perfect location for us, and was much in need of a from-scratch bakery.
What is the most interesting fact about Patisserie Vero Beach?
We receive 2,500 pound pallets of Heartland Mill organic flour, milled to our specs, every 2 – 3 weeks. That amounts to a lot of flour – about 75,000 pounds a year so far!
What’s the absolute greatest thing to ever happen at the bakery?
The best thing so far is how ingrained we become in people’s lives – their births, weddings, birthdays, deaths, and all the holidays and special events through the year. We become very important to our customers, and vice versa.
What are important factors to you when sourcing ingredients?
We try to really know our purveyors as much as possible, and more so each day. Like our products, we appreciate vendors who are obsessed with quality and who have realized that largely, the best quality comes from the happiest animals, plants, harvesters, processors, etc. Quality. Traceability. Responsibility.
As you know, a portion of our profits are donated to the protection and preservation of Orangutans and their habitat. We noticed that you support Save the Chimps. Can you share a little more about that?
At the Save the Chimps sanctuary, they provide a permanent home for chimps used for medical research and other exploitative purposes. They introduce them into social groups, feed and provide medical care and an incredible natural facility for them to live, play and do so for the life of the animals. Apparently the Chimps love our bread, which the Save the Chimps folks pick up at the end of each day when we have leftovers. In addition to the Save the Chimps facility within 30 minutes we also have an elephant rescue facility and one for large cats.
Take a look at some of the amazing creations Patisserie Vero Beach makes with Red Ape Cinnamon: