Chef Romina Rasmussen has come a long way from her Easy Bake Oven days growing up in Salt Lake City. Her approach to baking encompasses both tradition and her own unique twist acquired during her extensive travels. After training at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, Chef Romina worked at the Mandarin Oriental Miami’s fine dining restaurant, Azul, and Mesa Grill, a Bobby Flay restaurant in New York City, before opening Les Madeleines in 2003. In 2007, she was named best pastry chef by Salt Lake magazine and continues to acquire accolades and both regional and national recognition including The Food Network, O The Oprah Magazine, Food & Wine and Sunset Magazine.
A Salt Lake City, Utah institution since 2003, Les Madeleines offers unique pastries with bold flavors that are both beautiful and delicious. Inspired by the world travels of Pastry Chef Romina Rasmussen, the bakery’s menu is a collection of pastries and savory breakfast and lunch items, all created from scratch and using only the finest ingredients.
Les Madeleines is perhaps best known for its Kouing Aman: a crunchy, salted caramel on the outside and gooey, flaky inside; different flavors and textures combined into one delectable pastry. Pronounced kwenn aman and also spelled Kouign Amann, this French delicacy originated from Brittany, France in 1865 and was voted the 2012 pastry of the year by Food & Wine.
Les Madeleines offers breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday. Menu items include:
Viennoiseries: Croissant, Pain au Chocolat, Quick Breads, English-Style Scones, Kouing Aman
Seasonal Tarts: Meyer Lemon Meringue, Tarte Tatin, French-Style Apple Tart, Tarte Bourdaloue
Desserts: Reine de Saba, Eclairs, Tiramisu, Fruit Charlottes, Braso de Reina
Cookies & Candy: Butter Toffee Shortbread, Madeleines, NY Black & White Cookies, Rugelach
Breakfast: Egg & Cheese Sandwich, Mushroom Bread Pudding, Crepes with House Made Jam
Lunch: Sesame Chicken Salad Wrap, Turkey Avocado Sandwich, Salami Sandwich
Sounds delicious right? Which is why you really won’t want to miss this opportunity to win a $40 gift card kindly donated by the good folks at Les Madeleines. To enter is as simple as ever. By way of a comment on this post simply let us know – “If you were a sweet treat what would you be and why?”. Me, I’d probably be a rum cake, mostly dense and often a tad boozy. We will pick a random winner from all the entrants on May 29th, good luck!.
216 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
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