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Cooking classes at ‘SIFT’ mix European flair and New England charm

MYSTIC - A French inspired bakery in the heart of nautical Connecticut.  This marriage is what SIFT Bake Shop is all about.

"We want people to come in grab a croissant, grab a latte then walk downtown and see everything that Mystic has to offer," explains owner and chef Adam Young who opened the eatery last spring.  "We make every single thing in-house every single day."  Out front, display cases are filled with specialties, such as ham and cheese croissants, danishes and scones.  In the back, find an exhibition kitchen used for cooking classes, held about twice a month.

img_2895"It gives us a chance to really connect with the consumer, invite them in, make it interactive," says Young, as he teaches a few students to make French Macarons, a simple yet precise process.  "It’s definitely a showstopper because it does take some technique and know how," explains Young.  "It can work any time of year.  There's no macaron season!"img_2896

Young  - who used to work at the famed Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island - grew-up on a Vermont dairy farm.  He's passionate about using fresh, local ingredients.  Cooking class equals a fun, unique night out.  "We want you to come with a group of friends.  It’s a great bachelorette party idea, a great first date idea," he says.  "Everyone works together.  There is a little bit of team work involved, a little bit of collaboration involved."

Participants say "Bon Appetite" before heading back to the streets of New England.  "We want to invite everyone into this town, see what Mystic has to offer and hopefully taste a wonderful croissant or wonderful pastry and enjoy the village," says Young with a smile.class2

siftsignUpcoming classes are titled, Easy Entertaining Desserts, French Macarons, Bread Baking 101 and The Art of Croissant Making.  Classes are $95 per person, and include three hours of hands-on learning, sparkling wine, a keepsake SIFT apron, and goodies to take home and enjoy.

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