Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Hello There SweetArt Extended Fam!
Please, please, please order your Thanksgiving Pies soon! We book up quickly so the sooner, the better. Here's the lineup:
- Sweet Potato
- Caramel Apple
- Sweet Potato-Pecan
- Pear-Cranberry Crumb
And some of you have mentioned wanting some Vegan Mackin' Cheese for a crowd. Great idea! Place your order for that, too, and we'll make it happen.
And just so you know, all of our pies are available Vegan too!
Please order by this Friday November 18, 2011.
Please stay tuned for the Christmas cookie line-up. Perfect for gifts or to satisfy you while SweetArt is on holiday.
We will be open the day before Thanksgiving, closed Thursday and Friday, and open on Saturday following Tofurky Day. We hope to see you post Thanksgiving:)
Our Specials this week:
- Vegan Gyro (house made) w/crisp green leaf lettuce, thinly sliced red onions, cherry tomatoes, and a vegan cucumber sauce.
- Hummus Heaven Wrap (in our eyes, atleast) our FAMOUS(almost) Chipotle-Sundried Tomato hummus wrap w/organic spinach, red bell peppers, avocado and a drizzle of love. Delish!
- Our seasonal salad (Organic Baby Spinach, house-made granola, crisp apples & goat cheese w/our house balsamic vinagrette)
- Chickpea & Rosemary Soup (vegan and divine).
We'll have an insane Friday Pieday so come have pie because pie is awesome!!
We thank you. We love y'all! Hope to see you soon.
grace & peace,Reine, Cbabi & the ENTIRE SweetArt Crew
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Last week stunk! So many odd, horrible things happened, that I think this week I'll win the lottery (finally!)...if I remember to play!
This week we have so many great things happening. Again the menu changes. Relax, the SweetBurger and 39th (vegan blt) are still on the menu, along with the Magnolia & Shaw with some special add-ins (broccoli, roasted garlic, anyone?). We also have a special, Curry Chik'n Salad Sandwich (so excited for this one!)
Apple-cinnamon bread pudding muffins (perfect at any time), red velvet cheesecake bars (kind of addictive), and pumpkin cupcakes with caramel buttercream or chai-spiced buttercream or maple cream cheese frosting (they're good with all of those!)
Oh, the most important thing: Every Thursday lunch is only $6. Any lunch on the menu. Every Thursday. Oh, and the other important thing: our cupcakes are lower in price. We raised it when butter raised and now we can lower it. The price is back to $2.25/each or $25 dozen. Some truffles cost more than this super-satisfying SweetArt treat...I'm just sayin'. And Cupcake Happy Hour is now $1.55 for any cupcake (that way people who are only getting one cupcake can experience the love too)
So many people have wished us well, and verbally told us how much the shop means to them. We really needed to hear that this week. We love what we do and are so happy to be spreading the "sweet love" in the STL.
grace & peace,
Reine, Cbabi & the SweetArt crew!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Friends, if there's anything Cbabi and I feel the most, success isn't it. Fearful? Check. Nausea? Check. Unprepared and Unknowledgable? Check Check! Exhausted? Triple Check! It seems like an oxymoron to place SweetArt and Successful as an international couple. But I guess it's not.
We're still open. Oven's still heatin' (thanks nameless Laclede Gas guy who said, "If I give you three hours to pay the bill can you do that?" You SO rock!). Baked goods still come out every day we're open. It's Magic. Definitely Miracles. A lot of Faith. Some Tears. And God.
Some weeks are harder than others. This was a hard week (and it's not over)! There were tears today(all mine). Wavering faith. Beliefs that wholesale only would be the best bet. But then, I came out of the funk (thanks, Babe (that's Cbabi to y'all). It's like the little engine that could, "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can." I really do think I can. And when I think I can't, I don't make my home there.
So maybe I should think along the lines of that person who sent the request to Cbabi--SweetArt is a successful business.
That really does sound better than, "Oh, God what are we gon' do?!?!?!"SweetArt.
I love y'all and I thank you for the support...of our sucessful business;-)
grace & peace,
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Our menu will change weekly. Everything that used to be on our lunch menu is no longer. Try something different.
Flad Empanada (vegetarian)
vegetarian chili, mashed sweet potatoes, and cheddar cheese in a flaky crust--all "empanadad" up. Served with avocado smash and house salsa
Jamaican Veggie Patties (vegan)
our take on the classic jamaican pattie: cabbage, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, red potatoes, and spices baked in our house golden vegan crust.
Spinach-Feta Pie (vegetarian)
delicious spinach, scallions, dill and feta with a secret combination of love and magic.
Lentil Goat Cheese Tart (vegetarian)
green lentils, vegetables and spices with creamy goat cheese baked to bliss.
School-House Pizza (vegetarian & vegan--changes daily)
our house-made dough topped with goodness with our slammin' pizza sauce
Mixed Bean & Plantain Enchilada Bake (vegan)
just plain delicious
This week's salad: Kale-Cauliflower ($3 for a side)
This week's soup: Rosemary Turnip ($3/cup $5/bowl)
Friday, June 10, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Did you know our hours have changed? Did I mention that? I think I did but the heat has zapped my brain. Just so you know, we are now open Tuesday-Friday from 8am-6pm and Saturday from 9am-5pm. We have espresso/lattes (finally) and ice! Look at SweetArt, jumping into the ... ummm ...present.
Anyhoo, this week's special is a Falafel Wrap. Delicious little chickpea goddesses wrapped in a whole wheat wonder with all the fixins and a vegan sauce. No, no, please, don't thank us, just come in to see us...wax poetic, bring us flowers, chocolates (fair trade, of course:), and lots and lots of money. That will do.
It's official: Friday is Pie Day. Every single Friday we will try to resist from eating every pie we make. Savory and Sweet. Vegan and Vegetarian. As my numbero uno baker, Lisa, says, "We should be known for our pies. They're the best!" Or something like that. Well, she's right! I love pie more than anything else in the world (well, not more than my children and husband--most days--but pie is a very very close second). We will bring back the deep dish pizzas, and I feel a Caramel Banana Cream Pie with Real Whipped Cream coming to a store near you. Our store. This Friday. Shall you join us? We'd hate to eat them all on our own. We will, but we'd hate to.
Look for Feed Me to join this blog. What's Feed Me, you ask? Well, it's a recipe from start to finish located right here on this blog with photos. People always ask me for recipes (like I cook at home or something after working all day, LOL!). Well, after baking all day long, I actually do cook at home. Nothing fancy. Just Humble Exquisiteness (book title, maybe?). So here is my semi-promise (semi cause I'd hate to disappoint you), I will be posting atleast TWO recipes a week right here on this blog with photos. They will always be vegetarian (unless I totally give that up), and often times vegan and from time to time gluten-free vegan. So check in often. Cook at home (when you're not at SweetArt!). And tell me what you think (and only if it's good).
Ok, so I think we officially have enough people wanting to take classes where it's not just three people (myself included) looking at each other in an uncomfortable weird way. So, here's where you come in. Let me know what you'd like to take if you were to take a cooking class. Here's what I've been thinking:
- Gluten-Free Vegan from Breakfast to Dinner
- Frost that Cake like a Pro (cheesy title...work in progress)
- Vegan Holiday Cooking (Food that non-vegans would want to eat)
- Girls Night! Tipsy Drinks, Nibbles & More (vegetarian)
- Brown Bagging It (lunch for you & the kids--if you have kids--if not, lunch for you)
- And something else that would be profoundly well attended!
Speak kindly to each other (it can change a life). Have more patience (especially when we're crowded:) And know how beautiful, special and in-such-great-shape you are! (the last one was for me...taste-tester guilt. Don't judge me)
grace & peace,
Reine, Cbabi & the Entire SweetArt Crew!
Honey, it's shameful. SHAME. FUL. And as hard as I try-- there's no stopping me. I mean I am sneaking around. Hiding behind the sandwich prep table...Grabbing two or three. Then six or seven. I cannot stop myself.
And just when I'd committed myself to Swimsuit Season.
don't judge me,
Monday, May 23, 2011
Thank you for tuning in to this week's SweetArt Happenings. We truly appreciate the love and support as we learn the art of business. It's an art, honey, and some week's it's not easy.
This week's special is the Flora. Remember that? Our spinach and herb hummus wrapped with mixed greens, tomatoes, carrots, and avocado with a drizzle of love? So fresh. So delicious. So try it this week. It will be here all this week.
You will notice a few new things in the shop this week. The first major thing is our hours. We will be opening up Tuesday-Friday from 8am-6pm. Why so early, you ask. Well, the other new thing is our espresso machine. We will finally be making lattes! And during this first week, we're taking off a sizable percentage to all who order between 8am and 10am Tuesday-Friday of this week! How large of a percentage? You'll have to come in to find out!
The other new things you'll notice are the tables. We have our first delivery of certified-green and locally-sourced wood tables from Mwanzi Co., a Green Building Supply Company here in St. Louis, Missouri! Visit them at www.mwanzi.com We don't know if we are the first bakeshop/cafe in St. Louis to have a community table (a large table where many people/groups can sit together...you may not know each other, but that's the beauty of it all!) We started SweetArt to bring the community together and what better way than through a community table? We are so excited, and we hope you enjoy these tables as much as we do!
We've been doing some great things with our house-made puff pastry--namely our Puff Pockets: sweet or savory filled goodies wrapped in flaky puff pastry. It has become the new and improved muffin (in our eyes).
We are booked this Friday and Saturday for all custom orders. We apologies to those who were planning on ordering this week, but we have somehow booked up with orders and weddings (praise GOD!!) We will have PLENTY of cupcakes and other goodies on each of those days, so please be sure to visit us and get what you need.
This week's goody: try to love yourself. As always, I'm speaking mainly to myself. We can be so critical of all we do and all we are. I've decided to do a 40-day self-love cleanse where I say nothing negative about myself, and where I say something positive throughout the day about how glorious I am! It's not easy, but really--it should be. I bet I'm not alone with this one--especially as the season changes and shorts and sleeveless tops are required for the heat. It would be great to wake-up, put on my clothes, and say, "Damn, gone girl with yo' fine self!"--instead of the usual self-critical, non-loving verbage. 40-days. Wanna join me?
Thank you to you all for the love and support. Hope to see you this week!
grace & peace,
Reine, Cbabi, and the entire SweetArt crew!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The weather is finally breaking (and it's officially time to get the ac fixed in our car), but more importantly--luscious fruits and veggies are beckoning us to put them in pies and tarts, make curds out of them and put them in cupcakes and shells of puff pastry (that we make in house-from scratch, bien sur, and whip them into buttercreams to fill between whoopee pies. And, just in case you didn't know, when fruit is added to any dessert, the calories and fat magically disappear. I know, I know--I didn't believe it at first either, but it's proven science in the In Your Dreams Journal of From-Scratch Baking.
This week we're introducing two new cupcakes: Grace and Tropical Getaway. Grace is a chocolate cupcake filled with raspberry curd and topped with white chocolate buttercream and a fresh raspberry sitting all-pretty-like in the middle of fluffy ridiculousness. Tropical Getaway is a surprise shocker (a surprise because I don't usually like coconut). This little gem is a golden vanilla butter cake filled with key lime curd and topped with coconut Italian meringue buttercream and toasted coconut. Not that it has to be said, but, we make all of our curds in-house, from-scratch without any junk ingredients. That's why it tastes so familiarly good. Is familiarly a word? Alas, who cares, it's good. Stop in this week to welcome the new babies
You've seen a change in faces in some parts of SweetArt. We have some new crew in the house! And this is the first time I have EVER spoken about our staff, and I can now because they are all good! This bunch feels like a family unit (finally). For however long everyone stays, I am happy to have them all. Our baking staff is Lisa, Tamar and Ken and myself (of course). On lunch we have Lena, Michelle and Annette. And for counter charmers we have Rena, Sympho and Laura. Fred is the dish engineer and cupcake-case refiller on Saturdays and we are working hard and loving what we do.
GLUTEN-FREE GLUTEN-FREE!!! After years of requests for gluten-free goodies we finally have a daily gluten-free AND vegan cupcake. Although we are still a bakeshop that uses gluten, we make our gluten-free cupcakes first thing in the morning on separate equipment and while using separate ingredients (obviously gluten-free flours) we also use separate baking powder, salt, etc. We want to keep things as safe as possible. For now, our gluten-free goodies are also vegan because that has been the most requested.
Our menu has changed...and I want to keep it the way it is for a while...or atleast until I tire of it:) Our Sweet Burger, Flad Burrito, Klemm and Shaw paninis are staples, while our Vegan Philly Cheezesteak, Vegan Banh Mi, and Magnolia Sandwich are our newbies. Try something new if you always get the same thing; it will be delicious!
Our sandwich special this week is a Hot "ham" & cheese panini: vegan ham, white cheddar, caramelized onion jam and a fantastic mustard are grilled to perfection on Companion's Bada Bind Hoagie roll. We have two salads: our Greek Salad which always gets love and a candied almond-cherry-goat cheese diddy that is so good I had it for lunch--it's the truth. Need it vegan? Just say "no goat cheese, please" and we'll make it happen.
What would you like to see as a special in the shop? The old Botanical? How about the Flora with the spinach and herb hummus? Anyone a fan of pimento cheese (or is it just me? I am from Tennessee, after all)? We are taking requests for what we are calling, "You choose next week's special!" Think seasonally if you can--it's cheaper for us:)
Also, drop your business card in our bucket (or a piece of paper with your info on it). Each month we will be choosing a winner of our "Happy Un-Birthday Cake"...cause cake tastes better when it's for no reason at all! We will make a 6-inch cake of your choice for you to enjoy with some friends or family or no one at all(we won't tell!)
As always, we couldn't do this without you. We are so so so grateful for your support and encouragement. We do what we do because of you.
grace & peace,
Reine, Cbabi and the Entire SweetArt Crew!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Moon* Day*Soul Treats. On the back of the card I had information about our baking philosophy...always from scratch, no hard-to-pronounce, weirdo ingredients, etc. That is still our philosophy years later, and for that, I am very, very proud.
But what struck me was the last tag line: Reacquaint yourself with the old-school way of baking. Some of us have been fortunate enough to have a grandmother, great-aunt, Papa and maybe even mother, who took the time to bring those eggs to room temperature, sift some flour, cream some butter, and make some magic just for us. That is all we are trying to do at SweetArt. We get so excited when something delicious turns out just right. We're using ingredients that were kept at-ready in my grandmother's pantry. And we always will. And that people come in everyday to see what came out of the oven still blows my mind. So honored to do what I do...and so thankful to have good customers.
So, I know swimsuit season is approaching (I know, honey, I'm doing Zumba to offset the "taste-testing"--note the quotation marks :), but don't let that stop you from reacquainting yourself with the old-school way of baking. We do it everyday...and just for you.
grace & peace,
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
That's right, we said March 1st. We are resuming Tuesday hours which we scheduled for March thinking the weather would finally be a bit warmer, but forgetting that we are in St. Louis. But come on out any way! We really want to see you.
We have finally comprised our official "cupcake menu". It's long--longer than we thought, but hopefully helpful to those of you wanting to place custom orders for your events. It will be in-house and coming to our website soon, so come by and check it out.
This week's specials are Curried Lentil Soup. This is a favorite of staff and awesome customers and as soup season draws to a close, you shouldn't miss it. Believe me, the moment it gets warm consistently, it's so long soup! Like all of our soups, this one is vegan, has coconut milk (that's an inside joke...can we even make a soup without coconut milk in this place! we're addicted to it!!), and is delicious!
Our lunch special is also vegan this week, Barbecue Chipotle Tofu Tacos. We love tacos and were inspired to welcome back Tuesdays with a taco! Chunks of marinated bbqed tofu, cojita or vegan cheese, lettuce, cilantro, onions, avocado creama (vegan) and salsa on the side. Sounds like my lunch all this week.
Look for the sweet treats to be extra fantastic this week. I know what you're thinking, aren't they always. True. But this week they will be so awesome. And what's even more awesome: Tuesday, March 1st we're giving away a free petite cupcake with every purchase (while supplies last).
A little story before I go: We have a customer who works across the street at the church. Her son owns a tattoo parlor and she has a granddaughter(s) and one day she came into the shop and said, "Have my prayers been working? I've been praying for you guys since you opened." If you know me, you know I 'bout fell out onto the floor in tears, but held it together and simply said, "Thank you so much for that." It filled my heart that someone who doesn't really know me is praying for my success. That's the community supporting the community by supporting local businesses. But more importantly, that's human decency and kindness. We've not always been welcomed with opened arms here. I never discuss that because my focus must remain on those who do support us and what we are trying to do. Pray for somebody this week. Make it someone you don't really know...and watch your life change for the better.
I pray that you all receive great blessings in life and health, deep happiness and grand prosperity.
We thank each and every one of you for the support (and prayers!). We could not do this without you.
grace & peace,
Monday, February 21, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Cbabi and I were in the kitchen. He listened patiently to my looped version of, "I wish we started the business with more money because it feels like we can never get ahead...I've been praying; I'm praying everyday...I realize that I wasn't born to be poor; I'm clear, God! I don't know what to do. I am so tired of this conversation..."
And as if on cue, my littlest one enters the kitchen. In his hand is a little figurine he built out of legos. He has a name. He says the name, but I'm so "woe is me" I barely hear him...until he says, "And he prays to God."
"He prays to God."
Now, my children are familiar with God, but they don't mention Him/Her most days. Around Christmas time, God and Santa are in heavy rotation, but a February evening before dinner-- ehh, not so much. So when he says this, my ears perk up and I whip myself out of "woe is me" and listen to my baby boy.
"What does he pray about to God?" I ask.
And as he begins to shrug his shoulders I assume he's going to say I don't know, but he doesn't.
He says, "That God will take care of us."
I could not make this up if I had to! Cbabi smiles because he knows I'm going to cry, and I do, of course. And I lift up my little boy and hug him and tell him he is my angel from God. And he is so over this by this point but goes along with the overwhelming hugs and kisses.
So why do I tell you this story? I'm sure I'm not the only person in the world who prays and prays and prays so much that it feels like begging or like I'm talking to air. Life is beautiful, but when you are consumed with constant concerns about money, the beauty plays peek-a-boo--and more boo than peek. But God hears you. Keep praying. Keep asking. And keep being grateful for all that is there because God really wants us to know the beauty of life.
Just when I was thinking, "Dear God, it's me, Reine! Hello?!?!?! Do you see me or hear me?", my beautiful little boy who rarely mentions God, does so perfectly. Right on time. Just to remind me that I'm not on my own.
Neither are you.
grace & peace,
Saturday, January 29, 2011
'WHAT!" my daughter exclaimed (I love using "exclaimed" when it was really exclaimed).
I think she was a little cake-envious.
A special thanks to Lisa (the most awesomest baker EVER!) who frosted 2 of the 3 tiers of this cake today, not feeling great to boot! What a trouper!!!!! What would I do without you, LISA?!?!?!grace & peace,
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Anyhoo, let's be happy, shall we? I'm surrounded by baked goods, how could I not be happy all the time? I needed to post a little diddy just to evaporate the angry post-post. Photos of good stuff coming soon (don't I always say that...but for real this time:) We are baking up a storm here. It's delicious and crazy-good-feeling.
grace & peace,
Friday, January 7, 2011
That said, if you saw at the last minute (as several people did) that your Groupon expires today, please don't be mad at us because SEVERAL PEOPLE realized the same thing, came into the shop today, and WIPED US OUT!!!
We have a tiny kitchen--that said, we made several varieties of cookies, quiche, bars, loaf breads, and 4xs the amount of cupcakes that we do normally...all in ONE OVEN--like magic.
But it's not magic. It's human beings working tirelessly to supply the demand as best as we can. But we are not robots, and this is not a factory--and we think that is why most people come here. We make it fresh without preservatives and not until we get here in the morning. FRESH. Not six-days old. Respect that.
After purchasing his Groupon 9 months ago, I had one customer who called at 5:45pm today wanting to use his on the day it expires (we close at 6p.m. or whenever we sell out). With stank all over his voice once told that we'd sold out for the day, he said, "Well that's not a cool way to introduce people to your company!"
You know what's not cool, blaming us for your procrastination. That $%@#'s not cool.
Another "using my Groupon at the last minute" woman, once being told that she could not place a custom order for cookies tomorrow, but that we would love to honor her Groupon today for cookies next Wednesday (our next open day), said, "This is the most annoying company to work with!"
What's annoying is dealing with people who are suffering from a bad case of entitlement. That $%@#'s annoying.
So if you bought our lastest and probably last Groupon offer, please use it well before it expires. We are a small company with even smaller facilities & can only handle so much. If everyone waits until the last week/day, we are going to be wiped out. I know some people won't. Procrastination is hard to shake...but don't be mad at us.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Chocolate-Espresso Cupcakes: chocolate cupcakes with espresso italian meringue buttercream & shaved dark chocolate(picture to come)
Come in soon to try the "goodness gracious" of the week: Pumpkin-Amaretto Bread, Cherry-Strawberry Crumb Bars, too many delicious cookies to list (keep your eyes open for Lemon -Cream Sandwich cookies :), Ricotta Tart, Island Bread.
love ya like i love pie!
Here are our new hours:
Tuesday: Custom Orders/Appointment Only
The main change is Tuesday. We'll be happy to fill any custom orders that come our way for any Tuesday, but we will no longer be open to the public on that day.
We're also opening a little earlier on Saturdays...and we've changed/extended our Saturday Vegan Breakfast menu.
Hope to see you soon.
grace & peace,