Central Provisions + Sweet Heather Anne

You’ve met Abby.  (Remember, she’s wildly talented?)  She does it all – answers phones, bakes tasty cakes, makes magical pop-up dinners.  All of us here at Sweet Heather Anne are big fans.  We are also big fans of her food, which goes by the name Central Provisions.  The company was born in San Francisco a few years ago and is co-owned with her partner and cheese monger extraordinaire, Steve.  She’s relentlessly dedicated to seasonal, local ingredients and fresh flavors, and her attention to detail is extraordinary.  She and Steve are currently looking for investors for their brick-and-mortar larder, but in the mean time they continue to delight with special pop-up dinners, tasting classes, and now this — the summer picnic basket.

Abby says the picnic baskets have been her most special project to date.  They are full of beautiful food created almost entirely from Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market veggies, and include special Sweet Heather Anne macarons.  The most wonderful thing is that they become a magical pop-up dinner for two wherever they land.   Where will you be when you taste Central Provisions food next?  Don’t wait too long.  It’s so good.

Enjoy this picnic basket photo story by our beautiful friend, Cat.  Cat and her husband operate Sunset Cove Bed & Breakfast, a charming wedding venue in Livingston County.

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Follow Central Provisions on Facebook or Instagram for upcoming menus. To order your basket for September 13th, email centralprovisions@gmail.com.

 

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Dreamy Farm Wedding

We love the cafe lights, fun foral, and big smiles at Jess and Ben’s outdoor Misty Farm wedding.  As always Alison and her crew at Viva La Diva knocked it out of the park, and Jess + Nate captured it beautifully.  Featured here is our mini-cupcake dessert table, macarons, and a buttercream cutting cake.

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Maize & Blue Treats

Coming off a big win last week felt good. Actually it felt great. But we still have a lot more season ahead. And that means a lot more tailgates, parties and eating some delicious Sweet Heather Anne maize and blue treats. At our dessert counter during a Michigan home game, we will offer some of our favorite treats to celebrate maize and blue. But you can also pre-order a variety of sweets: decorated cookies, cupcakes, football helmet cakes, maize and blue macarons. Contact us for more information at:  info@sweetheatheranne.com.

And don’t forget: you can learn how to make Michigan M cookies at our November 7th cookie class!

And take a quick look at this week’s offerings photographed by Melanie Reyes Photography:

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Macaron

Macarons are a true French delicacy and our taking us by storm. Not to be confused with macaroons (coconut), these are meringue based with almond meal folded in sandwich between flavored buttercream. They are dainty, playful and make for inspired canvases of interesting flavors and shades not yet categorized by Pantone. They are also very challenging and take a skilled hand and patience to create the perfect texture and “pied” (the foot that elevates the shells.) Thanks to the likes of Laudree and Piere Herme, we have plenty of inspiration.

At Sweet Heather Anne, we keep experimenting with these cuties. One of my favorite flavors is chai ( with cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger and black pepper.) And then there’s pistachio and citrus praline and oh the list goes on. We are hoping to make a lavender macaron with lavender that Claudia grew.  But we also love playing with their presentation.  Whether boxed up and tied with ribbon, our infamous ombre macaron tower, apothecary jars and vintage cake stands, macarons deserve special treatment. We always have in rotation two flavors of macarons at the dessert counter, so passer-byes can come in and sample these delectable confections. We love making them, maybe just as much as we love eating them!

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REMINDER: we still have a few spots left for our July 2nd Cookies Decorating Class ( Independence Day themed.) Please contact us to reserve a spot. We would love to decorate with you.

Mother’s Day Pop Up

It is a big couple of weekends here at the Sweet Heather Anne Dessert Counter.  Last weekend we were chock full of Michigan themed sweets for graduation.  This week we are gearing up for Mother’s Day.

Not only will we be offering our own very fine desserts decorated beautifully for your mom, we also will be welcoming Hello! Ice Cream & Gelato who will be popping up in our cake studio for the Dessert Counter this Friday from 10-6 and Saturday 9-2.  We can’t wait for all the excitement.

Hello! Ice Cream & Gelato will be selling six packs of their delicious and adorable gelato jewels.  Each package will contain six different flavors to tantalize mom’s taste buds.  In addition they’ll have macaron ice cream sandwiches in your choice of chocolate or raspberry, and ceylon cinnamon ice cream sandwiched between chocolate molasses cookies.
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The ladies of Sweet Heather have created a gorgeous set of desserts special enough for the lovely mom(s) in your life.  Our chocolate caramel cake (a new flavor we’re introducing just for Mother’s Day) is topped with a hand-painted heart topper.  In honor of Heather’s mom, Julie, we’re making Mexican spiced chocolate cake truffles (they’re her favorite).  And our hand-decorated brown sugar cookies and French macarons in earl gray and blood orange will also be available.  sweet treats for your mom

We can’t wait to see you this weekend!

Michigan Graduation

Hopefully you’ve all met Claudia & Heather by now.  If you have you know that they both are University of Michigan graduates and so there is a lot of excitement around here this week for Spring Commencement.  We are going to be so busy making some pretty incredible maize and blue cakes for some of you out there.  Those of you who haven’t ordered your cake yet, don’t worry.

The Sweet Heather Anne Dessert Counter will be full of University of Michigan-themed sweets for your special grad.  We’ll be selling lots of tasty treats including: French macarons in maize and blue, block M cookies, maize and blue signature cookies, mixed cookie dozens, and mini cupcakes with maize and blue confetti.  Here’s a sneak peak at some of the sweets that will be making an appearance…Don’t forget to stop by, Friday 10-6 and Saturday 9-2!

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Thank you Penny Stamps

It was a big weekend for the University of Michigan.  In case you haven’t heard, the basketball team played in the NCAA  Division 1 Final Four and National Championship for the first time in twenty years.   Perhaps with less national pomp and circumstance, but no less worthy, is the celebration of  the re-naming of the School of Art & Design to Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

Penny Stamps and her husband E. Roe Stamps have been instrumental in positioning the school to become a national leader in art and design education.  Their generosity is particularly poignant to our own Heather Leavitt, Sweet Heather Anne‘s owner and head decorator. Heather not only is a graduate of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, she also was a Stamps Scholar.  Much thanks to the leadership and generosity of Penny Stamps, Heather’s time at the University of Michigan sculpted who she is as an artist today, laying the foundation for Sweet Heather Anne‘s signature artistry.

In celebration of the re-naming  Heather created a cake (and accompanying cookies and macarons) to commemorate Penny Stamp’s enormous impact on the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

Sweet Heather Anne. Corporate Cakes“Creating this cake was such an honor.  When I was in art school, my thesis involved creating cakes as edible monuments to local farmers and food producers.  Now that I am a local food producer, it was amazing to have the opportunity to create an edible monument to Penny Stamps and the art school.  I feel like I’ve really come full circle.  It was awesome to see all of my Professors, and celebrate Penny, and everything she has done for the school and the arts. ” -Heather

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Many thank to Abby Rose Photo for the gorgeous images above.

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Edible Monument to Tantre Farm, part of Heather’s thesis project at the Stamps School of Art and Design in 2007.

Celebrate Spring in Style

I love Easter because it means that spring is coming.  After a long winter of bitter cold and lots of snow, the pastel colors and green buds add welcome cheer and a reminder of what is to come.

We are so exited about spring, and welcome you to celebrate with us Sweet Heather Anne style.  Thursday March 28th we’ll be teaching our Easter Cookie Decorating class.  Students will learn our signature cookie decorating techniques, leaving with two dozen decorated cookies and the skills and recipes for dozens more.

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The Dessert Counter will be featuring gorgeous treats perfect for Easter baskets and celebrations.  In case you miss the class we’ll be selling our decorative sugar cookies in dozens and 2-packs.  Our Easter cake is 6-inches and serves 8-10 guests.  It features lemon cake layered with lemon and raspberry curds and covered in a light pink vanilla Swiss buttercream.  All topped with our adorable Easter banner.

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Packaged for gifts in boxes of 5, our pistachio and blood orange French macarons  are beautifully tied up with a ribbon.Sweet Heather Anne a custom cake boutique

Our chocolate cake pops with pastel drizzle, packaged in 2-packs, will brighten up even the dreariest of days.

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Last, but certainly not least, carrot ginger is back!  It will be making a limited time appearance at the Dessert Counter in the form of cake-in-a-jar.  Come and get it before we sell out.

Many thanks to Abby Rose Photo for the gorgeous images.

L-O-V-E + 2.14.13

We talk and think and talk about love and weddings all day here at the Sweet Heather Anne studio.  This being our first February 14th in our new studio, we couldn’t be more excited.

So we have planned exciting only-for-V-Day-flavors and events.  Don’t forget to sign up for our Valentine’s Day cookie class on Wednesday February 13th.  You’ll leave with 2 dozen beautifully decorated cookies for you and your loved ones!Ann Arbor, Valentine's Day, Cookie Class

On 2.14.13 we’ll be popping up with Sweet Pea Floral Designs at Rock Paper Scissors on Main Street in Ann Arbor and at VLNTSDY MRKT by Pot + Box in Detroit.  We also will be selling our super cute and superbly delicious treats at the #DessertCounter on Thursday February 14th through Saturday February 16th.

Our Cakes-for-Two are topped with a gilded gold heart, and are all-around super special.  We’re baking these in two flavors: Mexican spiced chocolate and strawberry ginger (a V-Day only flavor!).  Must I remind you that both chocolate and ginger are aphrodisiacs?  Just saying guys.Pop Up, Rock Paper Scissors, VLNTSDY MRKT

We’ll also be doing ombre french macarons (chai spice + raspberry) and conversation heart sugar cookies.Valentine's Day Cookies, Sweet Heather Anne

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Pop by and say hello at one of our Valentine’s Day locations, we’d love to see you.

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Many thanks to Abby Rose Photo for the gorgeous photos

“I Love You More than Michigan Loves Football” (+ other fine details)

Ann Arbor is home to so much talent, wedding industry included.  As our business has developed I have been amazed at the power of community among Ann Arbor’s wedding professionals.  And it is such a wonderful experience to be amongst such a talented group.

Amanda & Chad’s wedding was so much fun, in part because so many of us were involved.  Abby Rose Photo (our next door neighbor and lunch buddy) took the photos, Stacy at The Gown Shop did the dress, and we did the cake and dessert table.  Amanda also had a very specific vision for her wedding (fun!) and was totally involved in the planning process.  She and her mom had the most impressive binder and organizational system.  I don’t know if they’ve thought about planning weddings, but if they have watch out!

Judging from the photos all that work was worth it.  Amanda and Chad had a beautiful day full of gorgeous details and personal touches. (Be sure to make it to the end of the photos, the signage in the last photo totally makes the cake display, I can’t stop loving it!)

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