Chef Paulette De La Rosa's bake mixes are already sold in Bloomingdale's stores across the country.
Soon they also will be available at the specialty retail bakery she and her mom, Lily, are opening in downtown Mooresville.
The Whirling Whisk Baking Co. will serve coffees, breakfast pastries, cookies, cakes, tarts, muffins, brownies and cupcakes when it opens in a week or two.
De La Rosa's recipes use all-natural ingredients and no preservatives. No peanuts or tree nuts are used in her products.
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After working in the restaurant industry for nine years, De La Rosa, 30, decided to pursue a degree in baking and pastry at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vt. She graduated in 2008.
She landed her mixes in Bloomingdale's after showing her products at the Fancy Food Show in New York City in June. She also is working with the food development team at Williams-Sonoma to have her products sold in those stores as well.
De La Rosa, a Michigan native, intends to create a Northern-style bakery with the opening of The Whirling Whisk, the kind where you can stop in on your way to work for a fresh coffee and breakfast pastry or other items. Seating will be available.
The Whirling Whisk: 162 Main St.; 704-929-4737; www.TheWhirlingWhisk.com.
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