The GOODS from Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe
Vancouver, BC | Following a successful inaugural year, The Paris Tours has just announced new dates for tours in winter and spring 2015. Jackie Kai Ellis, owner of Vancouver’s Beaucoup Bakery, will offer her popular half-day Parisian patisserie tours January 12 through 16, and March 30 through April 3, 2015. September dates are also planned and will be announced in the new year.
Launched in spring 2014, The Paris Tours give intimate groups the chance to have Jackie personally lead them on a tour of her favourite bakeries, pastry houses and chocolatiers in the City of Light (something she shared with Scout readers here). During the tours she shares what she considers the best Paris has to offer, from traditional iterations of classics to cutting-edge versions, regional specialties, and modern takes on standards. Jackie give her guests insight into what each place is known for, what’s worth trying, and what they do best.
On each tour, guests will visit up to 10 places, which will change depending on the group, but may include Pierre Hermé, Angelina, Lenôtre, Café Pouchkine, and Hugo et Victor. The tour concludes with a grand tasting, allowing everyone in the group to sample all of the pastries they’ve picked up along the way. The afternoon tour (including all pastries) is CAD $165 per person, with no more than six people per group. Bookings can be made through The Paris Tours’ site.
Jackie Kai Ellis founded Beaucoup Bakery after she spent time studying pastry arts in Paris, fell in love with the city, and wanted to find a way to bring a slice of it back to Vancouver to share with others. She still heads back to Paris on a regular basis to research, attend classes, and to eat her way through the city’s finest patisseries and chocolate shops. During these visits, she found herself thinking, “I really wish I could share these amazing pastries with my friends and customers.” And thus, The Paris Tours was born.
Jackie Ellis, baker and owner
ABOUT BEAUCOUP BAKERY
Beaucoup Bakery & Café opened its doors in December 2012, offering French-inspired pastries and childhood favourites with some smart, unique twists. The reason for opening Beaucoup Bakery was simple, to leave the world a happier place, even if through something as simple as a cookie. The company’s priority is to put care and pride into everything it does, from the ingredients used and the little details that go into the baking, through to the way the company treats valued customers and friends.
“At Beaucoup Bakery, we want to share amazing food, prepared with passion,” says owner and baker Jackie Ellis. “The biggest compliment we can receive is seeing someone’s eyes roll back and hear them say that it’s the best thing they’ve ever tasted! We strive to make people love food as much as we do!”
Beaucoup Bakery offers sweet pastries, cakes, seasonal tarts, cookies and viennoiserie, along with sandwiches made in-house—all of which can be enjoyed “to go” or in the charming 16-seat café. The café also includes a small retail area featuring hand-picked food and lifestyle items that match Beaucoup’s commitment to quality: coffee from Vancouver roaster 49th Parallel, Mellifera Bees honey, Lovely Home Idea linens, Black & Blum water bottles and Aquaovo thermoses.
HONOURS AND RECOGNITION
“The opening of Ellis’s South Granville bakery was delayed and then delayed again. And again. The resulting wait created a near-unmeetable expectation upon opening. Which, with the help of her perfect croissants and other transformative pastries, Ellis has been able to exceed.”
Western Living, March 2013 – 40 Foodies Under 40
WE Vancouver’s Best of the City 2013: Best Patisserie – 3rd Place
WE Vancouver, February 27, 2013
“Graphic designer turned boulanger Jackie Ellis opened her South Granville bakery just before Christmas, and made us wonder how we ever did without her decadent treats.”
Vancouver Magazine, Jan/Feb 2013