October 31, 2017
“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon, or not at all.” This quote sums up how Pamela Graham approaches her cooking. Graham, the owner of the Pastry Hideaway in Wilton, considers her relatively new business “a labor of love.” She opened The Pastry Hideaway, an artisan bakery, last spring after many years of dreaming of owning her own bakery business, and finally
making the move with the support of her family.
The Pastry Hideaway is located around the back at 126 Old Ridgefield Road in Wilton, across the street from the Wilton Library. She settled on Wilton after looking “all over the area” because the space included a wonderful outdoor patio and plenty of parking. The Pastry Hideaway offers all manner of desserts, from American pies of all types, cookies and cakes to French pastries (croissants are Graham’s signature offerings). They also have savory treats such as quiches, sandwiches and salads, as well as a full service coffee bar. Nut-free and gluten free items are also available.
For businesses, the Pastry Hideaway can cater breakfasts or lunches with a full array of baked goods, sweet and savory, juices, fruits and sandwiches. They can also make custom cakes for birthdays, weddings and other special events.
Graham loves to bake just about anything, but considers pies one of her specialties. “Making a pie crust is awesome, so I love making anything dough-related.” She also makes one of the best chocolate chip cookies around – having perfected them over the years. “With all my pies, cakes, cookies, pastries, etc. I really try to bring out the authenticity, that uniqueness that brings out the best flavor,” says Graham.
She began her foray into the culinary world running a farmers’ market in Wisconsin and a bakery in South Africa. She honed her baking skills at the French Pastry School in Chicago. It was upon her return to the U.S. that she decided that now was the time to have her own business. But that also meant getting total buy-in from her family.
“We are truly a family-owned business,” says Graham. “My husband has a hand in all the back-end functions such as accounting, my oldest son is in charge of the savory department and my youngest son helps out when he is home from college.”
While Graham can be found these days with her hands in dough, she did not always work in the culinary arts. She got a business degree and worked in entertainment licensing for many years. Graham sees the similarity between that work and her current job running a bakery. “Both fields are very creative. In the entertainment world, I worked with a lot of artists and creative types, and I straddled the aesthetic and functional worlds. Similarly, I try to make food that is pleasing visually, looks extraordinary and tastes as good as it looks.”
Stop by the Pastry Hideaway and treat yourself to one of their treats, or consider them for catering your next company function or special event. Visit the Pastry Hideaway online or call (203) 762-6600.