Lucía Patisserie Brings Sweet Delights To Puerto Rico
In the winter of 2015, I learned about a special baker in Dallas, Texas. She was making exceptional macarons for sale at the Dallas Farmers Market. At the time the business was called Sucre Sucré by lucía. Fast-forward to today, Lucía Merino is on her way to opening her first bakery.
As a business professional Lucía is intelligent and resourceful. At the time, beyond the farmers market, she had an Etsy Store and a strong, magnetic presence online. She then joined Treatmo and sales went gangbusters. Now with her business partner, Johan Villafañe, she has produced a masterful Kickstarter campaign as they move towards opening their first store in San Juan.
Behind every macaron there is an incredible person and story. This is very true for Lucía Patisserie. Lucía has an insatiable thirst for knowledge and discovery and sharing the love for creating amazing things, exuding true enthusiasm and joy for baking.
I have tasted many macarons from around the world -- I had an unbelievable one by Madeleine Patisserie in Kuala Lumpur. Every baker brings something unique to love. I have a particular taste for those made with natural, carefully sourced ingredients that aren't overpowered by sugar, where the real flavor stands out. A perfect pillow top that invites you to crunch into a soft center -- that's the magic. Lucía has a talent for creating exceptional treats and charm, bringing that secret ingredient that can only come from the heart.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she attended the Culinary School at Johnson & Wales University in Miami. While interning at Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne under Master Pastry Chef Frederic Monet, she was encouraged by mentors to travel while continuing her training in classical French pastry making. Before departing for Europe to pursue her education, she reunited with her high school sweetheart, Johan.
Upon returning to Miami, Lucía worked with the opening team of the St. Regis Resort at Bal Harbour as the resort's Pastry Kitchen Supervisor, while Johan worked front and back of the house at Jean George Restaurant.
Her pastry journey then took her to Dallas, where she joined Chef Richard Gras’s team as Pastry Chef for Oak Restaurant in 2013. Shortly thereafter she received a nomination for Best Pastry Chef and her famous french macarons were nominated for Best Dessert in Dallas.
Even from a distance sitting in New York City with only images online to go by and a phone call with Lucía, I could tell there was something exciting happening. Here clearly was a great passion and energy that invited further discovery.
Lucía and Johan are living and working together on opening their first bakery in their home town of San Juan, Puerto Rico. This is a whirlwind story and filled with so much joy for baking and life. See the full Kickstarter campaign to get involved, and prepare to preorder! Store coming this Summer.
One thing I know for certain, the team is the biggest factor to success and this team has the talent, training and more. Can't wait to see what's next.
Just a peek of Lucía Patisserie's Treatmo Store
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Treatmo is a new mobile marketplace that creates pathways to incredible fresh food across the U.S. from local makers and sustainable businesses. Search for items in the market and order in an instant for yourself or a friend. After you order, return to the app to share your experience through the live news stream of treats.
by Anna Zefferys. Anna has spent more than half her lifetime living in the heart of New York City's East Village. As CEO of Treatmo, she aims to make finding and accessing the best real, organic, local and sustainable food as simple as breathing, making living well simple and social wherever life takes you.