Cooks Erika Chan and Sieger Bayer are two pedigreed cooks who’ve labored at widespread eating places like Chicago’s pioneering Publican in West Loop. The pair left superb eating to open Brite, a brand new bakery inside Metric Espresso’s cafe in West City. Metric co-founders Darko Arandjelovic and Xavier Alexander are additionally companions within the enterprise which sells doughnuts, croissants, pies, and extra.
Chan was the Publican’s pastry chef and Bayer labored the savory aspect as chef de delicacies. They loved collaborating. “We simply wished to share our kooky, bizarre concepts in doughnut and baked good type,” says Bayer. “It’s been a extremely easy, superior transition.”
Chan professes a love of breakfast pastries particularly, versus the restrictions of “restaurant pastry land.” Her choice is obvious on Brite’s opening menu. Morning-friendly choices embrace a soft-yeasted swirl bun with caramel coconut glaze and crema Earl Gray tea from Ravenswood’s Uncommon Tea Cellar and a ham, cheese, and tomato jam croissant, which stars the final of the actually good tomatoes of the season from Michigan-based Mick Klug Farm.
Bayer is in command of doughnut duties. He’s centered on balancing seasonality, consolation, and surprising combos in choices like an apple fritter glazed with tepache, a fermented pineapple drink from Mexico, and a pumpkin brown butter hazelnut sage doughnut. He and Chan hope to strike a candy spot of familiarity and shock. They hope to carry some happiness and stability within the midst of pandemic uncertainty, but open clients’ minds to totally different flavors and preserve themselves engaged with the work.
Chan additionally lately consulted with Surge Coffee Bar & Billiards, a brand new family-friendly pool hall in Logan Sq.. Surge proprietor Wahib Service provider sought Chan out to assist put together the kitchen and begin a dessert menu, however the week they had been scheduled to begin serving, Chicago issued an indoor eating ban. Regardless of logistical and security challenges, Chan discovered says she discovered the expertise pleasant and needs to make use of Brite for extra collaborations. Seeing how fellow West City bakery Aya Pastry has expanded to supplied pastries to coffeeshops throughout the town, that looks like a distinct segment for Chan.
Throughout powerful financial instances, “pastry departments are sometimes the primary to go,” Chan says, so she and Bayer see a possibility to fill a dessert-shaped void with partnerships and pop-ups. They held their first occasion at Maplewood Brewery’s lounge in November in Logan Sq. with beer and bakery pairings. “We’re within the stage of looking for wholesale accounts and folks to do enjoyable issues with — the place we consider in what they do, and hopefully they consider in what we do.”
Although the companions could be prepared to think about transferring to a storefront location ought to the proper alternative current itself, they’re proud of their present positioning inside Metric. Prospects can order for pickup on-line and both Bayer or Chan will scamper out automobile handy off their treats. “We like our bizarre little dwelling the place we’re at proper now,” Bayer says.
Brite is open for Thanksgiving pre-orders with choices together with double crust caramel apple pie, chocolate pecan pie, and candy potato gooey butter cake. Patrons can anticipate some winter holiday-themed objects later this 12 months — “gingerbread, pumpkin spice, peppermint all the things,” Chan guarantees.