Westside Bakery Opens Doors Bearing ‘Beaucoup’ Offerings

Beaucoup Bakery & Café specialises in childhood favourites and French classics

At the corner of Fir Street and West 6th Avenue, a bright, tiny gem of a bakery opens its doors this Sunday, December 2, bringing mouth-watering aromas and hand-crafted baked goods to a tucked-away corner of Vancouver. Beaucoup Bakery specialises in both favourites from childhood and classic French pastries, with some smart, unexpected twists.

“To me, a good apple pie offers a mainline to my childhood memories, but a classic French tarte tartin, in its delicate, beautiful way, is just as heavenly,” says Jackie Ellis, Beaucoup’s owner and baker. “Neither is better than the other, and both styles of baking are to be celebrated.”

As a child, using books she borrowed from the library, Jackie taught herself how to bake, often getting on her bike to buy ingredients at the store with her allowance. After a successful career in graphic design, Jackie closed her agency to pursue her love of baking and study in Paris at École Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil. Upon returning to Vancouver, she sought a way to combine her love of both styles of baking, and the idea for Beaucoup Bakery & Café was born.

With this philosophy in mind, Jackie has created a rich menu drawing from both sides of the baking spectrum, using only high quality ingredients. Sweet pastries, cakes, seasonal tarts, cookies and viennoiserie will all be featured, along with sandwiches made in-house. Specialties include:

·         Kouign Amann, the flaky, buttery pastry from Brittany, France
·         Fresh macarons, filled with fresh pastry cream and fruit
·         Éclairs, featuring a range of creamy fillings and a variety of glazes
·         Brownies and blondies, including a decadent Valrhona brownie with crystallised violets
·         Croissants, both the classic, and a unique double-baked pine nut praline version

Customers can either purchase Beaucoup’s baked specialties to take home, or to enjoy in the 16-seat café space. Along with the bakery items, the café will use meats from Oyama Sausage Co., serve coffee from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, and teas from Brooklyn’s Bellocq Teas. Designed by Patty Kantymir Harsch, the café evokes a visual mix of Jackie’s two influences, with French country design meeting bold, modernist touches. A small retail selection offers curated items for the kitchen and home, including Mellifera Bees honey, Lovely Home Idea linens, Black & Blum water bottles, and Aquaovo thermoses.

Beaucoup Bakery is located at 2150 Fir Street, at the corner of West 6th Avenue, on the edge of both the Kitsilano and Fairview Slopes neighbourhoods, and is open Tuesday to Sunday. Initially, hours will be 9 am to 4 pm, working up to 7 am to 6 pm over the coming weeks.

About Beaucoup Bakery & Café
Beaucoup Bakery & Café brings together childhood favourites and French classics, with some modern twists. Using only high quality ingredients, owner and baker Jackie Ellis creates pastries, cakes, seasonal tarts, cookies and viennoiserie that her guests can either take home, or enjoy in her welcoming 16-seat café at the edge of Vancouver’s Kitsilano and Fairview Slopes neighbourhoods. More information can be found at www.beaucoupbakery.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beaucoupbakery, or on Twitter by following @BeaucoupBakery.

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