This is another in a series of meetings of my friends and celebs.
I have been a customer of Sarah's Pastries and Candies in Chicago (IL) for several years. The funny thing is, I am not even a big fan of chocolate or sweets in general.
I originally stumbled into the Oak Street store in search of a fountain Coke. I didn't get the Coke, but I picked up an incredibly tasty slice of bread (pumpkin, I think).
When I started doing reviews for Global Traveler magazine, I had to include Sarah's. Of course, in the review (archived on 3/25), I gave it 5 stars out of 5 stars (only because GT wouldn't let me give it 6 stars).
Sarah Levy opened her first store in 2005. Levy has met some celebrities over the years. I asked Levy to share one experience on Johngy's Beat.
In 2007, Martha Stewart was in Chicago to light the holiday tree at Macy's. It was the same day that Sarah's store inside of Macy's opened. Stewart and her associates enjoyed breakfast at Sarah's Oak Street store the following day.
After the review, someone asked me for my favorite cake from Sarah's. I immediately said the pumpkin creme brulee. Then I changed it to the lemon curd...then to the pistachio creme brulee...then to passion fruit. Finally, I just said all of them! Seriously, you can't go wrong at Sarah's.
I appreciate Sarah's willingness to share her story here. I appreciate her baked goods even more though!