santé, french gourmet!
Cherished River Oaks French bakery marks 50th anniversary milestone with modern new look
A River Oaks staple for French breads, pastries, and other sweets has a fresh new look. French Gourmet Bakery is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a comprehensive set of renovations to its location at 2250 Westheimer Rd.
Founded in 1973 by pastry chef Patrice Ramain and his wife Mary, French Gourmet Bakery features family recipes from Ramain’s parents, which were passed down to him during his childhood in France. Fast forward to now, when Mary, along with her daughter Lauren Ramain Montgomery, refreshed the bakery’s look.
“We wanted to add modern design elements while retaining the timeless feel of the space,” Montgomery said in a statement. “Mom incorporated feng shui principles and created the color palette, while I focused on implementing modern furnishings.”
Changes include marble-topped tables with wicker chairs and a lotus flower chandelier. Diners will also notice pops up teal and orange.
Thankfully, the contents of the pastry cases remain the same. That starts with breads such as Tuscan Wheat, Country French Loaf, baguettes, croissants, and dinner rolls. Those looking for something sweet will find eclairs, cupcakes, cookies, cakes, and more.
French Gourmet Bakery is also known for its seasonal specials. For Mardi Gras season, that makes both New Orleans and French-style king cakes. Throughout the year, the bakery prepares other holiday favorites such as 3-D Easter egg cakes, Thanksgiving pies, and Bûche de Noël for Christmas.
In addition to grab-and-go baked goods, French Gourmet serves breakfast and lunch. Start a morning with a quiche, kolache, or coffee cake. Lunch consists of a three-course, $15 prix fixe that includes choice of quiche or sandwich plus Caesar salad, coffee or tea, and a slice of cake.
“What sets us apart is our fresh products, beautiful presentation and our outstanding customer service,” Montgomery said. “Everything is baked fresh the same day it is served. It’s all about the little details.”