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tweetie Mar 1, 2013 05:10 AM

I'm looking for a bakery to provide scones, preferably mini ones, for a tea room that will be opening in a historic house museum in Lexington, preferably a place that will deliver. Concord Tea cakes has just what we want but doesn't deliver. Love, love Verrill farms but doubt they'll deliver either. Checking with them, Danish Pastry house, Petsie's and Quebrada today. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

wouldn't rule out someone without a store front but with a legal, commercial kitchen, a la Butter Girl who sadly is too busy to make cookies for us.

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    gimlis1mum Mar 1, 2013 05:53 AM

    You could give Petal's Table a call. I've had her scones and thought they were really good.

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      teezeetoo Mar 1, 2013 05:56 AM

      you might try clear flour and japonaise. An excellent home bakery is sweet mandel (you can find them on line) in newton but I don't know if the ladies make scones.

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        Allstonian Mar 1, 2013 07:35 AM

        I LOVE Clear Flour, but their scones are huge and pretty seriously far from my favorite, either of Clear Flour's products or as examples of a scone.

        Sweet Mandel specializes rather specifically in German baked goods, so fairly unlikely to do scones.

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          teezeetoo Mar 1, 2013 12:56 PM

          never hurts to ask - so many restaurants buy from Clear Flour they may make something to order - and yes, I very much like Sweet Mandel's German product, but perhaps they'd do scones if it was a regular order. I figure asking doesn't cost anything and all three of my recommendations, in my opinion, make excellent product.

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        poundcake Mar 1, 2013 06:54 AM

        Babycakes and Confections in Stow?

        1. justbeingpolite Mar 1, 2013 08:08 AM

          I assume you've checked with Sweet Thyme. How about the cupcake cafe in Bedford that replaced Cafe Darling? I can't remember the name, though I think they just replaced the word "Darling" in the sign with something else.

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            ebaba Mar 1, 2013 08:15 AM

            I like the scones from Nashoba Brook and they are local, but I don't know if they deliver (though my guess is they do).

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              Foodie_BBQ Mar 1, 2013 01:17 PM

              I really like the scones at Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington. Since it doesn't sound like you'll be competing with them (unless you're planning to provide excellent drip coffee), you may want to ask where they get theirs from. Nice folks in there.

              Quebrada would be my other suggestion, but also on your list. Never had Nashoba Brook scones, but I know they deliver their bread to several supermarkets including WF.

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                tweetie Mar 2, 2013 05:28 AM

                great ideas. thanks so much. Verrill doesn't wholesale or deliver. Neither does Quebrada. Each person with whom I spoke however, was most helpful and gracious, offering other options. I was most impressed. The folks at DPH couldn't have been more accomodating. We're doing a tasting next week of scones, lemon bars and a few other items.

                gimlis, I'm not familiar with Petal's Table but will Google and check her out. As for Sweet Thyme I hadn't even thought of her but will now and Ride Cafe is another great lead. thanks again!

                When we're up and running hopefully you all can take a tour of our museum and enjoy our new, non profit venue once it's up and running. It's not our intention to be a full service food purveyor but rather to enhance the experience of a visit to historic Lexington.

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                  bear Mar 2, 2013 06:29 AM

                  Keep us posted, tweetie! Got to support another hound bringing great treats to the area in a great environment.

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                  Staffordshire Mar 2, 2013 09:16 AM

                  Don't forget the clotted cream and jam.

                  1. BostonZest Mar 2, 2013 11:26 AM

                    I recently attended a tea at the Boston Public Library and the scones were great. They are done by the caterer, A catered Affair. You might be able to arrange something with them.

                    http://www.thecateredaffair.com/bpl/

                    Penny
                    http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                      tweetie Mar 2, 2013 11:51 AM

                      Thanks to all of you for making history with us. When our house museum was fully restored 2 years ago our vision was to have this tea room so in an addition to the original structure, a tiny galley commercial kitchen was installed. Finally it's time to brew some tea.

                      Along with scones, we are exploring sourcing for meat pies, shortbread, fruit bars, savory bread and soups. Some vendors we've sampled: KO Pies, Via Lago, Concord Tea cakes and yes, there was clotted cream and jam. Next week it's on to Savory Plates, DPH, more Via Lago and Petsie's.
                      I can't lace my corset anymore but it's been such delicious fun.

                      1. Jpan99 Mar 3, 2013 08:59 AM

                        You might also try Bakers Best in Needham. They used to have a bakery/lunch place, I think they are exclusively catering now. They cater lunches at my company and the food is good. Haven't had scones from them but I know they make them and I know they have delivery. Worth a try.

                        http://www.bakersbestcatering.com/

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                          tweetie Mar 3, 2013 10:17 AM

                          Baker's Best and A Catered Affair are both great resources. As a non profit, cost is a major consideration and they may be out of our league but I will investigate. We are also hoping to support local, small independent businesses but who knows? It's a process that is evolving.

                          Thanks for the suggestion.

                          1. greygarious Mar 7, 2013 12:29 PM

                            Great Harvest Bread Co in Lexington has changed a lot since I regularly went there 15 yrs ago, so I have no idea if they still do scones. I enjoyed their fruited cream cheese scones, which required no additional topping. These were quite large but I assume any bakery could scale them down when filling a standing order. The blueberry cream cheese and peach cream cheese were out of this world good.

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                              tweetie Mar 8, 2013 05:02 AM

                              It looks like we might have an agreement with Concord Tea Cakes for scones and shortbread. We're getting very close to settling the rest of the catering as well (KO pies are a go!!) and I'll let you know when we seal the deal.

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