Indulgence Meets Health: New Bakery in Amenia, NY Introduces Lactose-Free Belgian and French-Style Baked Goods

Indulgence Meets Health: New Bakery in Amenia, NY Introduces Lactose-Free Belgian and French-Style Baked Goods

AMENIA, NY –March 27, 2024 – Nestled in eastern Dutchess County, NY, a delightful new culinary destination is set to tantalize taste buds with its unique offering of lactose-free Belgian and French-style baked goods. Tarts and Bread, the brainchild of Belgian-born Chef Christophe Raza and Kyle Raza, opens its doors to the community on Saturday, April 27th, promising a harmonious blend of indulgence and gut-health.

From artisanal breads to delectable tarts, flaky pastries to savory sandwiches, Tarts and Bread elevates the bakery experience with a commitment to high-quality ingredients and lactose-free dairy. Embracing the rich traditions of Belgian and French baking, every creation is meticulously crafted to deliver authentic flavors without compromising on taste or dietary preferences. And nearly all breads are made with sourdough starters, which are easier to digest and higher in nutrients.

“At Tarts and Bread, we believe that everyone deserves to enjoy the simple pleasure of freshly baked goods,” says Kyle Raza, co-founder of the bakery. “By offering lactose-free options, we’re not only catering to those with dietary restrictions but also ensuring that our baked goods can be savored by all- with zero effect on flavor. And our price points make it feasible to indulge regularly.”

Chef Christophe adds, “In Europe, a visit to the local bakery is a regular part of life, and we are basing our pricing structure on that model. A baguette shouldn’t cost $6. Ours costs $2.90.”

The bakery’s menu boasts an array of options, including:

  • Artisanal breads, buns, and rolls
  • Irresistible sweet and savory tarts
  • Flaky Viennoiserie pastries
  • Light-as-air eclairs
  • Savory quiches and flavorful sandwiches made with premium ingredients and house-made spreads

Committed to sustainability, Tarts and Bread sources locally whenever possible, supporting nearby farmers and producers while reducing its carbon footprint. The cozy ambiance of the bakery invites customers to linger over a cup of freshly brewed Ilse Coffee (North Canaan, CT) or Harney & Sons tea (Millerton, NY), enhancing the overall experience of indulgence and relaxation. And locals rejoice! Tarts and Bread will be open everyday, from 7am-6pm. (Hours on opening day will be 9:30 to 6pm.)

To celebrate its grand opening, Tarts and Bread will be offering a free Cinnamon Crun (a heavenly fusion of cinnamon roll and croissant) or Apricot Almond “8” (pastry in the shape of a number eight with a classic French tart filling of apricot and almond) to the first 200 customers. Whether you’re a connoisseur of fine pastries or simply seeking a delicious lunch, Tarts and Bread promises to delight your senses and nourish your soul.

Join us in welcoming Tarts and Bread to the vibrant culinary scene of Hudson Valley. Visit us at 3304 NY-343 in Amenia, NY, and follow us on Instagram at @tartsandbread for updates and special offers.


About the team:

Chef Christophe Raza, Co-Founder and Executive Chef

Chef Christophe, the visionary behind Tarts and Bread, traces his culinary journey from the quaint bakeries of Brugge, Belgium. At a young age, he trained under Michelin-starred Chef Roger Souvereyns. Following the pandemic, he left a 20-year career as a seasoned entrepreneur to train at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and reclaim his career as a chef.

Kyle Raza, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer

Kyle began his career in New York City’s fashion industry before launching his own brand development agency during the pandemic. Drawing on his expertise in sales and marketing, Kyle now applies his skills to shape the identity of Tarts and Bread, where quality meets creativity in every bite.

Chef Callyn Phillips, Co-Founder and Head Baker

A native of New London, Connecticut, Callyn was inspired by her grandfather’s Sunday dinners, and began cooking at a young age. Mentored by a local chef, she mastered kitchen basics and discovered a love for both cooking and guest interaction. Callyn has managed restaurants in Boston and Hawaii, and in an effort to further refine her skills in the kitchen, enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu Paris, where she met Chef Christophe.

About Amenia, NY:

This charming Hudson Valley town is ideally situated in eastern Dutchess County- just 12 minutes from Millbrook, NY, less than 40 minutes from both Rhinebeck, NY, and the Berkshires, and less than 10 minutes from the Connecticut border/Litchfield County.

Author: Harlem Valley News