La Farm Bakery…A Passion for Bread
Tucked inside an ordinary shopping center in Cary, NC is an extraordinary find, a French bakery. La Farm Bakery & Cafe’s inconspicuous appearance might be deceiving from the outside, but once inside there’s no denying that you’ve discovered something special. You will be immediately greeted with a warm smile and the scent of fresh baked bread. It’s like walking into an old world French village bakery with its exterior brick walls and exposed wooden beams.
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to learn more about this fine establishment and the man behind it’s success– Lionel Vatinet. Everything in the bakery has a story from the interior bricks and wood that were repurposed from a farm house in Virginia to the nutrient grains found in the bread.
Owner and Master Baker, Lionel Vatinet sat with us at a long wooden table and shared his passion for bread and his pursuit of finding healthy and flavorful grains locally. His dream of sourcing locally became a reality when he found Carolina Grounds Flour located in Asheville, NC that cold stone mills their grain. While the history of the grain may seem complicated, the understanding of Vatinet’s passion for his bread and bakery is evident in every tasteful bite and detail found in store.
After discussing the healthy benefits of the local grain, we transitioned to a prep table in the kitchen to better understand the bread. The table was decorated with a variety of breads and tarts available for tasting. Vatinet demonstrated the tasting of the bread by pinching it together and inhaling it’s scent before taking a bite. It reminded me of tasting wine with delicious bread instead.
While bread is the foundation of the bakery, customers can also enjoy sandwiches, soup, quiche, salads and coffee in the French themed cafe. The passion continues beyond the cafe with baking classes, catering, and Vatinet’s book, A Passion for Bread.
Want to experience the passion for yourself? You can visit La Farm Bakery at Preston Corners, 4248 NW Cary Pkwy, Cary, NC.