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New: For Ginger Snap Patisserie, it’s all About Modern Technique to Create Elevated Pastries & Savory Breakfast Sandwiches

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on May 11, 2022
Ginger Snap Patisserie / Photo courtesy of Ginger Snap Patisserie

When you think of the Village of Orchard Park, you probably think of affluence: well-heeled folks intermingling with millionaire football players.

But for all of the affluence associated with OP, you probably don’t think of it as a destination for great food. Well, that’s changing. To wit, Ginger Snap Patisserie is one new business bringing elevated food steeping in classic French techniques to the sleepy village.

Owner Sara Reynolds received her education at the Culinary Institute of America and spent time in esteemed New York City and European kitchens. With that background, Reynolds is motivated by the idea that Orchard Park and its surroundings could use more modern, upscale food options.

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Ginger Snap Patisserie / Photo courtesy of Ginger Snap Patisserie
Ginger Snap Patisserie / Photo courtesy of Ginger Snap Patisserie
Ginger Snap Patisserie / Photo courtesy of Ginger Snap Patisserie

“I always joke that there’s more to life than pizza, chicken wings and sponge candy,” she says. “Those things are wonderful, but I hope to offer something that’s a little different.”

Of course, there are a lot of iconic bakeries around Western New York that are already putting out really good food. Reynolds says she’s a fan of those bakeries, but she feels they don’t make enough of an effort to keep pace with modern food techniques.

“There are a lot of tried-and-true establishments that have been around forever, and I’m a frequent patron of most of them,” she says. “But I feel that they keep their menu to just doing traditional things. Overall, (greater) Buffalo always seems to be a bit behind on food trends.”

One example of how Reynolds is breaking from culinary past is the patisserie’s gateau. A gateau is a cake. But it’s so much more than a cake. It’s a showstopper with decadent fillings and layers of sponge cake. At Ginger Snap, the gateau features peanut butter, chocolate and pretzel. It’s also gluten-free.

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Ginger Snap Patisserie / Photo courtesy of Ginger Snap Patisserie
Ginger Snap Patisserie / Photo courtesy of Ginger Snap Patisserie

The patisserie also offers eclairs, mini cheesecakes, mini sweet bread loafs, fruit tarts and a range of gluten-free classics — like cookies and brownies. Another showstopper is the French classic Paris Brest, a decadent dessert made with pâte à choux and hazelnut cream.

Pastry is definitely the star of the show, but Ginger Snap also has savory options. Breakfast sandwiches are served all day. “Lunch” sandwiches, soups, salads and other lunch items are served from 11 a.m. to close. If you’re going for lunch, Reynolds said the quiche—available without crust as a gluten-free option — is her favorite savory thing on the menu.

“It’s super delicate and light,” she said. “The crust is made in-house with all butter. I mean you can’t go wrong there. And the filling has a secret ingredient in it that makes it very delicate. I also like to include seasonal fillings. We are going to change it up and it’ll always be something different.”

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Ginger Snap Patisserie / Photo courtesy of Ginger Snap Patisserie
Ginger Snap Patisserie / Photo courtesy of Ginger Snap Patisserie
Ginger Snap Patisserie / Photo courtesy of Ginger Snap Patisserie

Beverage options include traditional espresso bar drinks and drip coffees made with locally roasted Undergrounds coffee, as well as hot and cold tea from Harney & Sons. Orders for drinks and food are taken at the counter and then delivered to guests at their table. In addition to indoor seating, the café has front and side porches for outdoor seating.

If you’ve been following Step Out Buffalo, you’ll know that Ginger Snap Patisserie isn’t the only new bakery-café in town. In January, Brad Rowell and Caryn Dujanovich opened The Grange Outpost, located just around the corner from Ginger Snap Patisserie.

“A couple weeks before we opened, I reached out to Brad to establish a friendly connection,” Reynolds says. “I don’t see The Grange as direct competition. We’re neighbors and I think we’re both trying to bring more walkability to the neighborhood. We’ve got two different menus and two different concepts going on.”

Whether it’s the end of COVID restrictions, the warming weather or the new restaurants in town, Reynolds says she is seeing more foot traffic than usual in the village.

“It’s families, people with kids and people walking their dogs,” she says. “When the patio is open, people with dogs can come in to get food and sit outside, for sure.”

Hours at time of publishing (Subject to change): Wednesday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ginger Snap Patisserie

6572 E Quaker St. Orchard Park, NY 14127 • $

Bakery

South Towns

Cafe / Coffee Shop

A unique high-quality pastry experience. Offering French and American-inspired pastries, custom cakes, a full espresso bar, and light breakfast and lunch. ...

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for the Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.

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