I was given the opportunity this morning to go to a cooking demonstration at Corner Bakery Cafe in Irvine, CA. We would be sampling new menu items for the summer which start July 1st.
Founded on a philosophy of creating a place to relax and gather with family and friends, Corner Bakery Cafe offers a casual atmosphere featuring innovative, seasonal menu options ranging from hot breakfasts and signature panini to handcrafted salads, sandwiches and sweets. Corner Bakery Cafe delivers a premier bakery cafe experience in the hearts of neighborhoods everywhere. Corner Bakery Cafe is also recognized for its unsurpassed catering experience delivering signature, made-to-order breakfasts, lunches and dinners for any occasion.
When I arrived there was a demonstration area that was filled with all sorts of ingredients to make all kinds of yummy things. The produce looked amazing and the baked goods looked so good I wanted to eat them right then! But of course I didn’t. I didn’t want to look like the crazy lady!
Ric Scicchitano is the Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage and also our celebrity chef! As he was cooking he explained everything in great detail and was very passionate about the food. You can tell this guys lives, breathes….and eats Corner Bakery!
CORNER BAKERY CAFE SUMMER MENU
First up was their famous buttermilk pancakes with a twist. For the summer they have added fresh berries to go on top of an already fantastic stack of pancakes. The batter is always made the night before with real buttermilk so the batter can get to just the right consistency to make the fluffiest pancake! You can get this dish with bacon or with bacon and eggs. This also comes as a kids meal.
Next up was their Chilled Berry Almond Swiss Oatmeal. Another name for Swiss Oatmeal is Muesli. It’s also eaten cold. I have never had Swiss Oatmeal and I was skeptical because cold oatmeal just doesn’t sound appealing. I took a bite and OMG!!! It was one of the most fantastic things I have eaten for breakfast! This is chock full of berries, rolled oats, almonds, yogurt, milk, green apples, currants, dried cranberries and banana’s. So yummy and healthy! Oh and speaking of Currants…have you ever had their Black Currant Iced Tea? To die for I tell ya!!
The third and final item Ric cooked for us is the Spicy Asian Pork Hot Toasted Sandwich. This sandwich features shredded roasted pork sautéed in a spicy Asian barbecue sauce and fresh produce, including made-in-house pickled jalapeños, cucumbers, spicy slaw and cilantro, on a toasted French roll. As I bit into the sandwich I was expecting it to be super spicy but it was too bad. It was the perfect combination of spicy and fresh and cool veggies so there was very little mouth burn. This is something I would normally not order but because of this tasting I would definitely order this the next time I’m in!
For dessert there were several items to choose from. I decided on the Lemon Cream Whoopie Pie. Corner Bakery Cafe is known for its baked goods and this one met my expectations and then some! It was moist, chewy and flavorful. The lemon flavor made it very refreshing. A perfect end to a great demonstration!