The Story of Bleu Door Bakery

 

My Journey

When I was a little girl my Mom would take me  grocery shopping so I could buy boxes of  cake mixes with my allowance. I loved adding things to the mix to see what effect my additions made. Often times, the center of the cake bubbled up or the outer edges were over baked but I always loved seeing the smiles it put on my parents face when they tried my latest creation.  I can’t express in words how proud I am of this little bakery and how appreciative I am for all the support along the way. When my mother, Sally, comes to visit, she works alongside me making all kinds of fun desserts and now asks me “Can I Lick the Spoon?” Our sourdough starter is named “Mustang Sally” to remind me where it all began – with my Mom, in the kitchen, with a box of yellow cake mix……I love you Mom. B

So how did I go from experimenting in my mom’s kitchen to owning and operating my own restaurant? I decided to attend the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont to further my culinary career and, while there, rediscovered my passion for baking and pastries. After graduation I had the opportunity to be a chef on private yachts in the Eastern U.S. and the Caribbean. This was an adventure, both personally and professionally, and I gained a new excitement for different cuisines.

In 1993 I came on to the Portland restaurant scene, starting at Ron Paul Catering and Charcuterie. I spent years working in all aspects of the restaurant world including chef, manager, and supplier. Sweet treats remained my passion and in 2007 I created Brownies from Heaven, winning many awards for my unique creations.

In 2011 I leaped at the chance to open a small bakery and the Bleu Door Bakery was born! This gave me the opportunity to expand from just brownies to the items that I made with my mom back in her kitchen when I was a child as well as the varied and delectable confections I experienced during my travels.

I took another leap in 2015 and expanded the business to include a café with a larger and more diverse menu. The support that I receive from the local community has been incredible and humbling. I believe in supporting local and I am thrilled to be operating my dream business in Vancouver!

We use only the freshest ingredients! Our menu is seasonal and items are always updating.


Each day we bake from scratch in small batches. Traditional methods inspired by traditional recipes and our creative team using the highest quality ingredients means we get to share our passion with you.

Café & Bakery

Sit and enjoy great breakfast or lunch with friends, or explore our latest pastries and mouth-watering bread.

Tuesday – Saturday: 7am – 4pm
Sunday Brunch: 8am-2:30pm

Express Window

Conveniently located nextdoor from our café, our express window is available for walk-ups when you’re in a hurry.

Tuesday through Saturday: 7am – 2pm

Catering Services