A Summer Soiree...Join us by the river August 24
He always dreamed of coming to the U.S. 20 years ago Didier Dumas did just that. Some 11 years ago he fulfilled another dream and opened his amazing patisserie in Nyack. His pastry and cooking are beautiful confections created in his kitchens with staff he treats like family.
Didier says, "I always knew I wanted to be a baker." He describes how as a young boy he spent summers at his Grandparents farm in Provence. His Grandmother and Aunt were legendary cooks and bakers who taught him to make sponge cake, eclairs and patachoux.
Back home in Marseille, not much for school, Didier began a pre-apprenticeship at 13 washing dishes and learning to make cookies and cream puffs. At 16 he was a full apprentice up a 4am, baking and learning his craft from his mentor Pierre Zeppini. From Pierre, he learned the importance of loving your work and to respect the customers and the job.
"I would go to the bakery after school, look in the window always fascinated, dreaming of decorating and creating beautiful pastry." Now he finds pleasure in simple baking- croissants, creating a new recipes and teaching.
Didier remembers the joy of realizing he could bake and "do it with my hands, make it myself with my hands." Now he wants to share that joy by teaching children how to create with their hands.
Didier and an amazing committee led by Una Baker have created an event, A Summer Soiree, to benefit our children's cooking program. It will be a sunset garden party at a private residence on the river sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Indulge in a delicious tapas style menu created by Didier and friends like Chefs from Alain's Bistro, Communal Kitchen, Didier Dumas, 8 North Broadway and Roost. Wines will be provided by D'vine-The Grape D'Vine & Salud Wine Bar. Live jazz by Ray LeVier and Friends. Tickets are $100 per person and available below.
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