Best Bakery Selections in Asheville?
I'm planning an event where I need dessert for about 75 people, and my idea is to get a selection of cakes, pies, brownies, etc. from various bakeries across Asheville. Basically I'm looking for the best place to go for each dessert... even if it means driving around. I'd prefer to stay in Asheville and not the surrounding areas. I appreciate your advice!
What are your recommendations for best...
cookies - oatmeal, chocolate chip, and peanut butter
strawberry cream or strawberry cake
red velvet cake (I know, it's a guilty pleasure)
anything else that you love and would recommend!
If you'd consider mixing in truffles and other chocolates, I heartily recommend The Chocolate Fetish on Haywood. They have a site: www.chocolatefetish.com. As for baked goods, I saw a line out of The Sisters McMullen on Saturday afternoon, that's always a good sign. Their site is: www.thesistersmcmullen.com. There's already a few baked good threads that could give you more ideas. Poke around and good luck!
Chocolate Chip Cookies - Sunny Point
Carrot Cake - Laughing Seed (not sure if they sell whole ones or not)
Red Velvet - Cupcake
Bear Claw, Cream Puff - City Bakery
Ginger Florentine Cookie - Greenlife (pricey)
Hey Danna, SOS (Sanctuary of Stuff) is a cool, hodge podge of consigned, art, crafts, antiques, collectibles, furniture, handmade lace, jewelry....
If you make a left off Merrimon onto Woodfin at the Food Lion it is next to a recycling place.
Have you been to Screen Door on Fairview Road? It is similar but I think better and less expensive.
I love, love, love Carolina Mountain Bakery in the Skyland Crest shopping center, next to Luella's Barbecue. I'm not big on doughnuts, but their glazed are the best I have ever tasted-they virtually melt in your mouth. WAY better than any Krispy Kreme. As far as anything else, I don't have much of a sweet tooth, so I wouldn't know, although I have heard that Picnic's on Merrimon has wonderful cakes and pies.
I would check with City Bakery on Biltmore Ave for a lot of the things you're looking for. I overheard their pastry chef talking to some customers and they sound as if they're capable of doing anything. Danna is right, their Bearclaws and Eclairs are excellent (they use real french pasty cream and pate a choux) but my friend had some things from City Bakery that they don't always have at the store like a killer tiramisu and everything there is scratch. However, the best poundcake in Asheville is at Cakes by Jane.
does Cakes by Jane have a storefront?
BTW, i know the OP said they didn't want to leave Asheville, but in a discussion of pastry, I must add that Flat Rock Village Bakery has the best of *you fill in the blank* that you've ever had. Scones, muffins, danish type, croissant, etc. One of the owners used to bake at City Bakery, which has now become my 2nd favorite bakery.
Slug, have you tried the apple ricotta thing at City? I wish I had a cup of Velvet Hammer and one of those right now.