2017 HUNTERDON HAPPENING LIST BASH: SWEET MELISSA'S PATISSERIE
WINNERS OF BEST BRUNCH AND BEST PASTRIES IN HUNTERDON
Interviewer: I am here with some new business owners in the area--and winners tonight as well! This is Melissa and Chris; you're the owners of Sweet Melissa Patisserie; tell us where the business is located.
Melissa: We are in Lebanon, New Jersey 56 Payne Road right off [Route] 31.
Chris: We’re also in the Stockton Farmers Market.
Melissa: That’s right.
Interviewer: So tell us how the business got started.
Melissa: Well, we started nearly 18 years ago in Brooklyn. We were there for 16 years or so with a few different locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and then we bought a little farm out here and had a child and moved out here and started up again.
Interviewer: Amazing! What do you think of the area since you’re from the Big Apple? Has it been wonderful living here?
Chris: Well, we've been out here a very long time. We would usually come out this way with a camper and ride horses. She’s an equestrian (horse rider), and so we've been out here really long time.
Interviewer: And the business itself, Sweet Melissa Patisserie, has been open little less than a year. When did you open?
Melissa: May 25th.
Interviewer: So you’re almost at a year!
Melissa: Yes, it’s next week! We have to go celebrate that!
Interviewer: Congratulations--that’s wonderful!
Melissa: Thank you.
Interviewer: So tell us a little bit about the winnings. You won for best brunch…
Melissa: Yes! Best brunch and best bakery.
Interviewer: Amazing. So what are some of your favorite things on your brunch menu?
Chris: I’ll say brunch. She’ll say pastry.
Melissa: He does the brunch and I do the pastries.
Interviewer: So what’s your favorite thing to cook for brunch?
Chris: We keep it simple. We keep it fresh. We use all local ingredients, local fresh...
Melissa: You have to about the bacon.
Chris: So we have a thick-cut bacon, it’s probably about two inches thick, and then it cooks down to about a half inch. We do croque monsieur, croque madame, we do…
Melissa: Omelettes du jour… everything we make is homemade. We make our own granola, creme fresh, we make our own yogurt…everything.
Interviewer: My mouth is watering already. This is amazing. Now I know that you are a pastry chef as well Melissa--and author--tell us about that.
Melissa: I wrote The Sweet Melissa Baking Book back in 2008, and it was named one of NPR's best 10 cookbooks of the year. We've been featured in Food & Wine magazine and New York Magazine and Bon Appetit and and all kinds of things.
Interviewer: That’s wonderful. Well, congratulations, it sounds like you guys have a wonderful business going here in Hunterdon. We’re so glad to have you here at The Bash. What do you think of it so far?
Melissa: So far, so good! The view is beautiful.
Chris: We’re having a great time.
Interviewer: Well congratulations on your win. Have a great night.
Melissa: Thank you.
Chris: You too.