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Vendor of the Month - April 2016
Dottie Audrey's Bakery/Kitchen
Last month I had a meeting with one of my favorite clients who asked to meet at a café near her house. I can't begin to tell you how happy I am that she did! I instantly fell in love with this place, and started thinking of all the clients and friends I wanted to tell about it. So I came up with this idea to create a Vendor of the Month blog post to highlight places, companies and people I've met and worked with who I think could be helpful for you all for event planning.
So clearly since they sparked the idea, it's only fitting that Dottie Audrey's Bakery/Kitchen in Tuxedo Park, NY is my Vendor of the Month for April!
Dottie Audrey's Bakery/Kitchen
549 Rt 17
Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
Hours: M-F 7am-6pm; Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 8am-4pm
Opened in October 2015 by wonderful husband and wife duo Pat & Jen, the kitchen was named after their mothers Dottie and Audrey. I haven't yet run into a single employee there that didn't instantly make you feel like family being welcomed home for a nice meal -- especially Sarah (who I'm starting to think may have 3 clones working alongside her). You place your order up front by the register, pay, and then have a seat. When your order is ready they'll bring it out to you. If you want to order more, just head back up to the counter and let them know what you're looking for. During busier times when you place your order, they'll hand you a little laminated card on a stand to put on your table so they can help locate you when your order is ready.
The café itself has a comfortable vintage home feel to it. Decorating the walls here and there are old photographs (yay!) and plates with local historical sites. You can look into the bakery section of the kitchen through windows to watch their incredible food being made from scratch by hand. There's also a magazine rack in case you're looking for something to browse while enjoying your solo cup of latte, that is also half full of Etch-a-sketches for the kiddos! Also take a look at the chalkboard above the refrigerated drinks section, which talks about the importance of supporting local businesses such as their use of Blooming Hill Farm, Samaki Smoked Fish, Oliver Kita Chocolates and Toby's Estate Coffee.
One of my favorite things about Dottie Audrey's is their environmentally conscious attitude. The "long table" which runs down the length of the sitting area, seats 14 and was made from reclaimed barn wood. The booth seats around the café came from old church pews. Hanging over the counter where you order and pay are a line of lights that at closer look are actually old tea kettles and coffee pots. Their take out products? No Styrofoam and plastic here, only environmentally friendly products.
Of course all of this is just the cherry on top, because aside from a homey environment you'll definitely want to come here for the FOOD! Just check out their menu online and you'll start drooling in seconds. Pots of delicious tea (yes the fresh mint tea I had was perfect, but since having a couple of pots of their Hibiscus Raspberry tea I'm not sure I can get myself to order any different flavor) and giant cups of artistic lattes perfectly accent their breakfast, brunch and lunch fares. Scratch made buttermilk pancakes, smoked salmon, white bean hummus, scones, cookies, pies -- all fresh and simple ingredients somehow put together so beautifully you'll almost feel guilty eating it. Until you get a whiff of the smell, then you'll quickly dive in. Plus they love dogs! Bacon dog treats are for sale at the counter for $0.50, and there's a "good dog" fountain outside for your furry friends.
It's a relatively small café, perfect for small brunches (think a pre-wedding bridal brunch with the bridesmaids, or a morning after the wedding brunch for family). The café itself is too small for a bridal shower, but good news! They cater! All of that incredible food can be brought to your or event location.
Weekend mornings are busy times, but as the warmer weather comes there is also a lovely covered porch with seating outside. Plus they also own Keystone Hoagies next door, so if you can't find seating in Dottie Audrey's you can head there too!
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