Local residents may recognize What’s for Dessert? from the Bronxville, Chappaqua, and Irvington Farmers’ Markets. Four years ago, Cindy Bothwell began baking from a rented commercial space, after family and friends praised her baking skills. She credits years of watching her grandmother in the kitchen, using the fruits and nuts produced from their family’s orchards in Northern California.
Best known for her pies, Bothwell still uses her grandmother’s technique for crust, but tweaked the recipe from Crisco to an all-butter blend. Apple is her bestseller, but she also makes sweet potato, pecan, pumpkin, chocolate bourbon pecan, and Key lime. She also uses what’s in season to create other baked goods like quiches and scones, and has built a solid customer base.
Two months ago, What’s for Dessert? found its home in the heart of Tuckahoe. Now called The Nutmeg Café, Bothwell bakes everything in-house. It’s also the first area café to offer Brooklyn’s JOE Coffee, and manager and barista Mario Sama sells his own micro-batch coffee brand, Custom Cold Brew, which is made on-premise.
Plans for next year involve expanding their offerings to include savory items such as soups, salads, and sandwiches, as well as hosting live music and make it a “gathering place.” Maybe a taste of Seattle in Tuckahoe? We look forward to it!
The Nutmeg Café
64 Main St, Tuckahoe
Closed Sundays and Mondays.
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