Place your Thanksgiving orders by Monday, Nov 23 2015

by Regina 17. November 2015 00:20

The holiday season is upon us! This is our favorite time of the year for all the obvious reasons but it's also our busiest. Thanksgiving and Christmas go neck and neck for the busiest day of the year - but usually it's Thanksgiving that takes the win! It doesn't hurt that we have one of the best Pumpkin pies in the area either ;) (See our blog post post from last year).

That being said, it would be extremely helpful for us to have all your Thanksgiving orders in as soon as possible. Again, we always bake-to-order but it will help us enormously to have some sort of idea of what numbers we'll be baking this year. That way we can start properly preparing: ordering ingredients, supplies, etc.

To keep waste and therefore costs low, we will have very limited quantity of extras available on Thursday, at the locations that are open (Palo Alto will be closed). "Extras" meaning items that have not been pre-ordered or reserved but available to purchase at walk-in. We don't encourage this (since quantities are limited!) but understand that life is unexpected and you may need something at last minute. However, if you do know you need pies, cakes, dinner rolls or anything else we bake, please place an order no later than Monday, November 23rd. Of course, the sooner the better ;)

 

 

Wishing you and your family a wonderfully warm and happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Dessert 2014: Don't Wait Until the Last Minute

by Regina 22. November 2014 05:59

November has flown by but don't forget that Thanksgiving is just a few days away. Please do both you and me a favor by placing your order in advance! We don't want to turn you away on Wednesday (or Thursday at our Santa Clara and Fremont stores, see our holiday hours at the end of this post) but we will definitely run out before days end! Reason being we simply don't know how much of which pies or cakes to make without you telling us what you want -- so please, pre-order no later than Tuesday, November 25.

Also don't forget that we were listed among the top-two bakeries for Pumpkin Pies last year. Baked fresh with 100% pumpkin puree and no added preservatives or artificial flavors, San Jose Mercury News gave us their stamp of approval.

But if Pumpkin Pie isn't your thing, we have tons of other options for you. We bake fresh Apple, Cherry, Pecan, Banana Cream and Chocolate Cream pies in the same manner (NO artificial colors, artificial flavors or preservatives).

We also have a couple Thanksgiving exclusive items like our Cranberry muffins and cake loaves. Baked with fresh cranberries, the muffins or loaf slices will make an excellent breakfast or snack while you're baking your turkey! Or, skip the whole turkey process and order our Turkey Package for pick up at our Santa Clara or Fremont stores (quantities limited, last day to order is Monday!).

Other great breakfast items for your family include Hot Cross Buns, Panettone, Walnut/Almond Sticky Buns or our Apple/Cherry Strudels.

Remember, place your orders by Tuesday. Hope to see you in our stores and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

THANKSGIVING HOURS 2014:

Palo Alto will be closing early at 6PM on Wednesday; closed on Thursday.

Santa Clara will have regular hours on Wednesday; serving brunch until 2pm and closing at 3pm on Thursday.

Fremont will have regular hours on Wednesday; serving brunch until 2pm and closing at 3pm on Thursday.

Thanksgiving Turkey Packages Selling Out Quickly - Quantities Limited

by Regina 10. November 2014 08:09

A quick reminder that our turkey packages for Thanksgiving meals are limited in quantity. Delivery slots for next week and the week of Thanksgiving are also filling up quickly, so call us today to place your orders!

Each Thanksgiving Turkey catering package serves about 15-18 people and covers all the bases. Each package includes a turkey that is at least 16lbs, stuffing made from scratch, hand-mashed potatoes, gravy that is to die for and 24 dinner rolls. Turkey is available whole or pre-carved for your conveninece for $10 more. Choose from a wide variety of desserts to add to your order to have both meal and dessert taken care of (one-stop shop!). Dessert options include Pumpkin Pies, Apple Pies, Pecan Pies, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Cake and more!

If you're interested in having us cater your company's event, we are more than happy to propose a custom menu for you. Just let us know how many guests, what day/time and if there are any dietary restrictions or special requests (ie: we need vegetarian dishes too). Please dial 2 when you call us to speak to a Catering Manager.

If you order the Turkey package, we offer a discount on our Pumpkin Pies. Normally $14.25 each, the package qualifies you to order 2 Pumpkin Pies for only $19.99!

We do offer free delivery for Thanksgiving Catering to offices that are within 1-mile of our Rivermark or Fremont stores. We will also be opened on Thanksgiving Day at Santa Clara and Fremont stores for those who would like to pick up turkey packages and/or dessert. Both stores will be serving holiday brunch until 2pm and will be closing at 3pm.

Happy Holidays!

Voted Among THE BEST Pumpkin Pies in Bay Area

by Regina 3. November 2014 02:00

Thanks again for SJMN for voting us among the BEST for Pumpkin Pies. We can't believe it's been a year since then already.

Those who haven't been with us for a while may grow wide-eyed at our pie prices. Why would you pay $14.25 for a Pumpkin Pie with us, when you can purchase one that's twice as big for half as much at Costco? And the reason is this: you get what you pay for.

I love Costco, I love it. I will make any excuse to go there and buy anything I can in bulk. But when I pass by the bakery section, I always wonder how they can sell THAT many of everything. THAT many cookies, THAT much bread, THAT many pies? But recently I took a closer look at their packaging, and you might be surprised what you'll find if you do.

First, there's a Sell By date. And usually, that date isn't today. If you sift through the piles of pies, you'll find a range of dates. Some will be sell by today, some by tomorrow or even 2-3 days from now. This isn't exclusive to Costco; you'll see this often at many supermarket bakeries like Safeway, Smart & Final, etc. And to be completely fair, there are some baked goods that are even better the next day, when all the flavors have had time to sit and muddle together. So a pie that isn't baked the same day is far from the worst thing. But then the question that begs to be asked is: how many days exactly has it been sitting there?

Secondly, and actually more importantly, knowing full well the rising costs of dairy (which has jumped significantly due to the drought), eggs and sugar, how can these supermarket bakeries afford to sell their pies for so cheap? And that's when you need to take a closer look at the ingredient list, that is so much longer than what it should be. Some supermarket bakeries are better than others. Costco, for example, was a pretty decent list up until the end where there were words that I never heard of, let alone able to pronounce. But some other bakeries... did you know you can use egg substitutes?! And some bakeries use "whipped cream" that comes out of a bucket that doesn't need to be refrigerated? Let me repeat that one more time: whipped CREAM that DOESN'T need to be refrigerated!

These are the reasons why our pies cost a little extra, but are well worth it in terms of what is good for us and our families. When we say our pies are natural, we mean it! We don't add any artificial flavors, artificial colors OR preservatives. We use real butter, real eggs, real sugar (is there a thing as fake sugar? Probably, but we wouldn't know!) in all of our products. Our products, not refrigerated or kept in proper settings, WILL spoil because we don't add preservatives or additives to extend their shelf-life. But don't worry about that, given the quality and expectations we set for ourselves, you really shouldn't have any leftovers on Thanksgivng ;)

Hope you will give our pies a try this year, if you haven't already. Is there a pie that you love that's missing on our list? Leave a comment below and we'll see what we can do. Happy Holidays!

Don't Wait to Order Thanksgiving Meal - Quantities Limited!

by Regina 12. November 2013 06:32

Just a reminder that your company may be catering its Thanksgiving meal the Thursday or Friday before Thanksgiving -- that's next week!! November is flying by, and we don't want you to miss out on our Thanksgiving Turkey Catering. Quantities are limited and spaces are filling up, so call our Catering Manager today.

Our previous post goes in depth on our Thanksgiving Catering, but just to quickly recap: our packages include turkey (whole or pre-carved) with cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and dinner rolls. We also have a variety of other dishes and desserts that are available to add to your order.

Cross this off your to-do list; call us today! We are looking forward to serving you!

Thanksgiving Turkey Meal for Home or Office!

by Regina 6. November 2013 06:26

Turkey Day is almost here! Don't wait until the last minute to plan your Thanksgiving meal, whether it's for your family and friends, or for your work event -- we can help you with both!

Whether you are serving 15 guests or 200, our Turkey Packages are easy and include the essentials to serve 15-18 each:

  • Whole Turkey or pre-carved for convenience
  • Homemade Cornbread Stuffing
  • Hand-mashed potatoes
  • Gravy (made from scratch!)
  • 24 Dinner Rolls

So if you're serving 30 guests, order two packages. For 150 guests? 10 packages! But we also realize that it may not be as easy as that. Maybe you need to cater to some vegetarians, or maybe you want a larger variety of food, maybe have a dessert bar (great idea, by the way!). That's why we're here to help and happy to create custom quotes and menu proposals. Just call our Catering Managers with basic details: how many guests, date and time and basic requirements, and we can take care of everything else. 

What's "everything else"? Well, not to overwhelm you, but here are a few things you might not have thought of:

  1. Food is served HOT and ready to eat! No pre-heating is necessary
  2. We can deliver, and it's FREE if you are within 1-mile of our store
  3. One stop for both meal AND dessert!
  4. Made from scratch in-house without artificial flavors, artificial colors or preservatives added!

Quantities are limited so please call as you can! Please press 2 for the Catering Manager when you are prompted. 

To reach Santa Clara: 408-986-8388

To reach Fremont: 510-252-1098

Happy November!

Your Thanksgiving Party At Home

by Regina 13. November 2012 03:10

Happy November! Finally, the weather has turned chilly enough to convince me that the holidays are just around the corner. Actually, one of these holidays is just around the weekend! It's hard for me to believe that another Thanksgiving is here but the high number of pie orders we've been receiving daily are helping. Thank you to all those who have already placed their Thanksgiving orders. For those of you who haven't, what are you waiting for?

Before we talk about desserts though, let's make sure you have your main course ready and out of the way. For just $116.95 per package, we can have a whole turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy hot and ready for pick-up. Each package served 15-18 each, which means your meal can cost as low as $6.50 per serving. If you're interested I would call as soon as you can. Quantities are limited and the slots are filling up fast. Order as many packages or just one - whatever you need. Call our stores and press 2 to speak to our Catering Manager.

And don't forget dessert! While we will have some extras on hand on Wednesday and Thursday, please don't wait to call your order in! Place an order in advance to guarantee the items you want. Remember, our Palo Alto store will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Fremont and Santa Clara stores are open to serve brunch until 2pm.

All of our pies are made in-house, from scratch. Check out this picture I snapped one year while the baker's were preparing Cherry Pies:

And then the finished product, with NO artificial flavors or colors or preservatives!

Other goods that are popular include our Chocolate Decadence, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Cake and Apple or Cherry Strudels (for the next morning!). Don't forget to order some dinner rolls for your meal, too. Please place your orders as soon as you can, and we'll see you next week. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Thanksgiving Turkey Catering for Company Parties

by Regina 12. October 2012 04:24

This post is specifically for our Corporate customers who may need turkey catering for their office parties, but don't worry, another blog will come soon for those of you who only need catering for your home.

I want you first to take a deep breath. Whether you are planning for a group of 20 or for 200, planning for your office's Thanksgiving party can be overwhelming, to say the least. You might have been asking yourself, "Where do I even start?" Well, I'm glad you landed on this blog post -- this is a great place to start!

Not only are we able to cater the meal itself (with turkey and other fixings) but we're originally a bakery (going on 32 years now!) and will be baking some amazing desserts for this holiday. But let's start with the meal first.

For convenience, we've organized our meal into a package that serves 15-18 people. This way you can order as many or as little packages as you need. For a group of only 15? One package is perfect. Group of 150? Order 10 packages!

--Turkeys right out of the oven for a corporate event last year--

Each package includes:

  • 16lb+ whole turkey
  • homemade cornbread stuffing
  • handmashed potatoes
  • made-from-scratch gravy

That was the easy part. Now, the bigger your party, the more people you'll have to try to satisfy. Maybe there are some who are opposed to turkey, but like ham -- so we offer a Honeyed Ham served with our own homemade pineapple sauce. Maybe you have some vegetarians in the group? No problem, we have several vegetarian dishes to choose from including a Vegetable Tofu Plate and vegetarian pastas. Are we concerned about added some greens to the meal? We can add Sauteed Vegetables or salad on the side. What about some carbs? We also make fabulous dinner rolls, available in white or wheat.

And this is important: our food comes HOT AND READY TO EAT. A customer last year told me she once ordered turkey catering from another company and when she picked it up at lunch time, it was COLD! Not only will our meal be delivered hot (free delivery within 1-mile!), you can also request to have it pre-carved for only $10 more.

Whatever your needs are, we'll try to accomodate. Still feeling overwhelmed? Feel free to put the pressure on us. Give our Catering Manager a call and just specify the bare minimum: date and time of party, how many guests and any special requests (such as vegetarian dishes required) and we'll take care of it! Our Catering Managers will put together a customized menu for you and work with you until you are completely satisfied with what will be served this Thanksgiving.

On to my favorite part: the desserts! Because Pumpkin Pies are pretty much a must-have at Thanksgiving lunch or dinner, we offer a special on our Pumpkin Pies when you order the Turkey Package: 2 for $19.99. At an original price of $13.25 each, that's nearly a buy one get one half off deal.

But maybe you'll want a variety and that we can also help with. We bake a couple other pies: Apple, Cherry, Pecan, Chocolate Cream and Banana Cream (my personal favorite). All of our pies are baked from scratch, without the use of any artificial flavors or preservatives. That's what I love about our pies - made fresh with the everyday ingredients you can find in your grandma's kitchen.

Outside of pies we make a great Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Cake, and we also tweak our Pablo Tarts to be a little bit more festive:

--Please be sure to request "turkey design" upon ordering--

Check out the full range of desserts that we recommend for Thanksgiving here. Ready to place and order or have additional questions? Please call our stores and speak to our Catering Manager.

"Secret Menu" of Mini Pies and Pumpkin Cupcakes

by Regina 15. November 2011 10:38

This blog post is for those of you who actively follow our Twitter and this blog. Since we're talking about the day to give Thanks, I want to thank each and every one of you by letting you in on a few secret menu items we have for this Thanksgiving. You won't find details of the following items anywhere else on our site - not even at our stores - so read on if you're interested in exclusive desserts!

You'll want to place an order in advance for these items, since they don't really exist for anyone else but you, our readers! :)

MINI PIES: Individual desserts are cuter, more elegant and less of a mess. If you agree, you'll love our Mini Pumpkin and Mini Pecan Pies.

Plus, you get more crust this way!

Sadly, these tiny pies (about 4" in diameter) aren't big enough to fit our apple or cherry fillings. Don't forget we do have Banana Cream Tarts though, inspired by our Banana Cream Pies (the tarts just use a different dough for the crust).

Now, my favorite Thanksgiving item: Cheesecake-filled Pumpkin Cupcakes. A few years ago, during a slow night at our Fremont store, I whipped up a batch and fell in love. I was only making them for friends and family, and occasionally for the stores when I had the time. Since this post is really to thank you, our reader, I'll definitely be sure to make time should you choose to order these. Besides, these are too good not to share.

A Pumpkin Cupcake (different from our traditional Pumpkin Cake that we've had for years - that one contains walnuts and cranberries) with just the right amount of pumpkin flavor and the perfect balance of fluffy and cakey. In the middle, you'll find a sweet surprise: a small layer of cheesecake filling.

Topped with our Orange Cream Cheese frosting for a perfect complimenting flavor.

So there they are, three products this Thanksgiving that no one else knows about. Thanks again for making the effort to stay up-to-date with us. Remember to place your orders in advance to guarantee these secret items or any of the items we bake. Hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Pure, Natural, Made-From-Scratch Pies

by Regina 11. November 2011 04:06

I'm a summer kind of girl but there's one thing that I love about fall that I undoubtly look forward to each year: PUMPKIN PIES. Well, Pumpkin-anything really. Pies, cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, lattes... you get the picture.

The other day I was at my neighborhood supermarket when I noticed several piles of Pumpkin Pies (officially the start of the season, for me). What was even more shocking than the number of pies on the table was the price tag that was attached to it: $5.99 each. 

Although I love a great buy, I know I'll get what I pay for. Our Pumpkin Pie is, I'll admit, more expensive at $13.25 each but we use quality ingredients without artificial flavors, colors or enhancers. I can also promise there aren't any strange ingredients that you can't immediately recognize, let alone pronounce. In fact, I'll name them for you:

Ingredients in our Pumpkin Pie filling:
Pumpkin (100% pure)
Sugar
Eggs
Spices (salt, cinnamon, etc)
Dairy

Like all of our baked products, we don't add any artificial flavors or artificial colors. We don't add any preservatives or additives -- nothing but common ingredients that you'll find in your very own kitchen. We only take the mess of making it off your hands, that's it. Natural, pure and made from scratch.

In much the same manner, we bake many other pies: Apple, Cherry, Pecan (above), Banana Cream and Chocolate Cream (below). 

So while our pies are just a bit more in price, you'll have comfort in knowing you only served a natural and pure pie that was made by hand from scratch by our family for yours.

Please also see our last blog post regarding Thanksgiving Dinner! Other items that we specially bake for Thanksgiving include: Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Strudels, Sticky Buns, Bread Loaves, Panettone, Hot Cross Buns, Aged Fruit Cakes and more. Please place your orders in advance to guarantee items.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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