Here are our holidays between January and August.
Epiphany / 12th Night / 3 Kings’ Day – and Silver Moon’s “Galette des Rois”
It is said that in the 14th century, when the Catholic Church was split between two religious centers, Rome and Avignon, french cardinals met to choose a new pope. To prevent internal fighting and political maneuvering, a cake was baked with a stone inside. The candidates for pope sat in a circle, with the cake in the center; a young page was chosen to crawl under the table and randomly knock at different seats. A slice would then be cut and served; the candidate who received the stone in his cake slice was chosen as the new pope. In modern France, this “game’ has proven so popular, it has its lost religious roots. People passionately collect “feves”, the little tokens placed inside the galette, and whoever finds the “feve” is crowned king. Our galettes are made with butter puff pastry and almond frangipane.
Super Bowl Sunday
Whoever loves watching the Super Bowl games will love our Football cakes and cookies. Depending on who you root for, you will find your team’s colors! Special orders are recommended since these sell out quickly.
Although named for the celibate St. Valentine, in truth Valentine’s Day is a day for lovers, Spring is near and thoughts turn to romance. Chocolate, the great aphrodisiac, perfumes the air and Silver Moon delights in helping love blossom.
St. Patrick’s Day
Though originally a religious holy day, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into more of a secular holiday, and, since 1737, the first year St. Patrick’s Day was publicly celebrated in the United States, as a day of celebration by Irish-Americans. Our pastries and breads celebrate with the great traditions of Irish sweets and liquor-soaked pastries.
Mardi Gras & Lent
Mardi Gras (‘fat Tuesday”) marks the culmination of Carnival time, the beginning of preparations for Easter. In the South, particularly in New Orleans, a brightly decorated sweet bread, aptly named Kings Cake, is eaten. Unlike the french Galette des Rois of Epiphany, this cake follows a different tradition. Whoever finds the doll inside thebread, must pay for everyone’s drinks! These cake breads are extremely popular and many of our customers buy several at a time, so please place your orders early.
Lent begins the day after Mardi Gras, and we start making our famous Hot Cross Buns, through Easter Sunday! Available every day.
To commemorate this holiday, we make Hamentaschen, (a sweet made popular during the Austro-Hungarian Empire), which represents the tri-corne hat the villain Haman was supposed to have worn in the biblical Book of Esther.
Easter eggs and bunnies are modern symbols of this holiday, although some of its customs can be traced to pagan times. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with ancient festivals celebrating spring. Our Easter Eggs are highly decorated and delicious as well; our Fish Galette is filled with frangipane. With special sweet breads we honor three countries that celebrate Easter – from Russia, Kulich, from Greece , Tsourekia, from Italy, Colomba di Pasqua.
To commemorate the escape of the Jews from slavery in the time of the pharoahs, all pastries are made with special flour, and only matzohs (flat, unleavened breads) are eaten. Coconut Macaroons, Matzohs, Cheese Cake and other special deserts are available for the 7-day celebration, which begins on the eve of the first day, with a festive seder, and the retelling of the story of Passover.
Mother’s Day was originally started after the Civil War by women who had lost their sons, as a protest against the carnage of war, thanks to the efforts of Julia Ward Howe and others. It has evolved into a celebration of Spring, mothers and families, and we make beautiful Gift Box Cakes (Ribbon Delices de Maman) Berry Charlotte, Flower Heart Chocolate Cake, Chocolated-dipped Strawberries, Raspberry Brioche Ring and Heart Sugar Cookie.
Fathers are too often neglected, so this is an occasion to celebrate them. We make delightful Tie Cookies and special #1 Dad and Tie Cakes (even if your celebrant doesn’t wear one!)
Fourth of July
The annual Independence Day celebration is so typically American, we have to respond with American sweets: old-fashioned Fruit Pies with lattice tops (peach, cherry or blueberry), American Flag butter cookies, and Red, White & Blue decorated cupcakes!