Drew's Pastry Place. His original idea was to recreate the local Italian Bakery/Pastry shop you see on most corners in New Jersey and bring it to the Houston Market for the benefit of transplants from the Northeast (give them a taste of home) as well as to introduce new pastries to Houstonians and Southerners who'd never had the pleasure of tasting a fresh Cannoli, a Pizzale or a Pignoli.
Buddy Valastro, a fourth generation baker of Italian American extraction from Hoboken New Jersey, and the host/advisor of TLC's Bakery Boss. Bakery Boss is the bakery's version of Hell's Kitchen--where a successful entrepreneur helps another entrepreneur get over the hump or break through something hindering their success with sage advice and a bit of drama long the way. Chef Rogers quite literally said in his application he'd tried everything he'd thought of that needed to be done to improve business and if he could have thought of something else that would have improved things he would have done it already. Rogers needed a fresh set of experienced eyes to give him a little help, and based upon how he talked about his experiences with Buddy Valastro, what was offered was indeed quite helpful.
|Mrs. Katz & her lawyer would chase down this|
great house blend Avi Katz roasted for
Drew's Pastry place!
One of the first things you notice about this affable man is his passion for good Italian pastries and his love of his family and customers. While I waiting to speak with him, he was greeting a few customers by name, gently reminding his staff about bussing tables and preparing a cake for a customer with some advice from his mother. While I enjoyed their House Blend roasted by Katz's, I took in the warm Tuscan inspired interior and perused the bakery case that was filled to the brim with various colourful cupcakes, cookies, cannolis and such. I also noticed the Texas shaped flag iced sugar cookies and could think of more than a few folks who'd enjoy them just for the appearance alone--we Texans are a proud bunch, whether native or naturalized, and that includes the unique shape that is unmistakably Texas.
|Tuscan Inspired Interior a Drew's Pastry Place|
|Creative Cupcakes at Drew's|
|Traditional Cannoli, filled fresh on site by Chef Drew|
|Cannoli Cupcake by|
Chef Drew Rogers
|(clockwise from left) Italian Rainbow, Cannoli Cupcake, Pignoli|
and Italian Wedding Cookies from Drew's Pastry Place
|A sampling of Drew's Pastry Place Treats |
coming home for the kids!
The Italian Wedding Cookies were crunchy and nutty, very nice and reminded me of what some of my mom's friends would serve when they had a ladies get together. Grade: A. The pignoli were next--these are crunchy, chewy small Italian cookies that are typically made with Pine Nuts. I'd had these before--my mom's coworker, Mrs. Giordano (such an Italian name!) would make them for parties at their office and mom would bring home leftovers. I had not had one of these in years and Chef Drew's evoked those kinds of memories for me. Who'd have thought? Grade: A+. Last but not least, the creation that came from Buddy Valastro's challenge; the Cannoli Cupcake. The shell and icing were pretty much like the Cannoli I'd had--wonderful stuff. The cupcake was rich, dense and moist; it had weight to it much like an Italian cream cake does. Cupcakes aren't just treats for kids anymore and Chef Drew made a good one! Loved it almost as much as his actual Cannoli. Grade: A+
|Helena enjoyed the Princess Cupcake|
from Drew's Pastry Place
In and around tasting his products, talking food, TV, Houston, family and the like, customers came in and out, and Drew knew many of them by name. I met a couple of young women on his staff who are students at Lone Star College-University Park where I teach, just the other side of 249 from his shop. Several customers gave their enthusiastic endorsement to Drew's baked goods and indicated plans to come by on Monday, January 20th to watch his appearance on Bakery Boss at 9 PM on TLC. I know I'll be watching and I hope y'all will too. Better yet, if you've not been out to 249 and Louetta and visited Drew's Pastry Place, you really need to. This goes TRIPLE for any Italian American transplants from the Northeast who are looking for authentic Cannoli in the Houston area. I also want to thank Drew Rogers, his family and his staff for inviting me to be their guest and to try their great food and coffee. FYI: they also serve New York style crust Pizzas during lunch if you're not in the mood for anything sweet. Given who's making it, I will venture it's very good pizza, to be sure!!!
|Yes, they make Italian cream cake too!|
Drew's Pastry place is located at:
10300 Louetta Rd. Suite 114
(2 blocks east of 249 & Louetta, corner Louetta & Cutten)
Houston, Texas 77070
Hours of Operation:
Mon: 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Thu: 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri: 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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