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L’Artisane Creative Bakery Serves Up Vegan Versions of European Classics

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Make the rounds at South Florida restaurants and food festivals, and you’re likely to hear the name L’Artisane Creative Bakery more than once.

Across Miami, culinarians are praising the creations of Carolina Molea, the chef and owner at this itty-bitty North Beach spot that’s getting everyone’s attention.

Molea’s croissants, in particular, are becoming a big deal. Several restaurants across the region are carrying them; the winning entry at this year’s Seed Food & Wine Week Plant Based Burger Battle was piled onto one of these buttery creations.

And buttery, they are, but it’s butter made from plants.

Croissants!

Croissants!

Jonathan Molea and Eduardo Hernandez

Everything at Molea’s European-inspired eatery is vegan, from smooth chocolate truffles to traditional challah bread to stacked Impossible burgers. It’s an extensive menu, and includes both savory and sweet bites and dishes.

Molea opened the spot in February when she recognized a lack of options for fine vegan pastries in South Florida.

“I felt that there was something that was missing in the vegan community, especially here in Miami.” In addition, there were favorite foods she herself was craving, she says. Vegan croissants, for example, are difficult to find. Or they were before L’Artisane.

Molea has been vegan for seven years, and managed to customize her culinary school experience to focus on plant-based ingredients. Venezuelan-born, she studied at Le Cordon Bleu, and is an American Culinary Federation Certified chef. Her focus is classic French cuisine, and it shows in her creations.

Pastries by Carolina Molea.

Pastries by Carolina Molea.

Jonathan Molea and Eduardo Hernandez

Selections at her cozy eatery include a tofu-based quiche ($7.95), a non-chicken salad sandwich ($11.75), a grilled cheese ($7.95), cinnamon rolls ($3.25) and all kinds of delicate, French-inspired options like the framboise petit gateau with chocolate sablé, raspberry cheesecake mousse, raspberry insert, and chocolate cake ($5.95) and the diplomat mille-feuille with mille-feuille, raspberry gelée, vanilla chantilly, and raspberries ($5.95).

“I focus a lot on flavors. With sweets, I try not to make them overly sweet, try to  make them balanced. I use a lot of fruits and high quality ingredients,” she says. “That’s how it all started, with that idea in my head.”

Despite the small size of the location, Molea is able to supply her baked goods to an increasing number of chefs, eateries, and storefronts in the area. She’s branched out into wholesale, and people are clamoring for more.

“The response has been amazing,” Molea says. “Honestly I was super scared when I first opened and that is why I moved into such a little space and the location because it was a huge risk. There is no big money behind us, it is just my husband and I. We put our savings in here. We believe in what we’re doing and the community has been so supportive.”

“I think this is the right moment to show people what we are all about,” she adds. “They are not missing out at all. It’s been fabulous because many of my clients are not even vegan, they just come here because they love it.”

L’Artisane Creative Bakery. 7423 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 786-502-8595. LartisaneBakery.com. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday.

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