We use organic flour and cane sugar, free run eggs, real butter, vanilla beans and rum, natural extracts, no preservatives, no shortenings and no artificial flavours. We use only the finest French chocolates (Valrhona, Cacao Barry). We believe in quality over quantity and make everything in carefully crafted small batches.
We use organic local fruits and veggies whenever possible.
“Us” is a French-from-France couple, David and Catherine Introligator. We are passionate about food and even more passionate about sharing it with family, friends, strangers… anybody really as long as you have a sweet tooth and appreciate quality products. David is a self-taught Chef and can work hours on recipes to offer some of the most authentic and tasty French pastries in Vancouver. We believe that food is not just a basic necessity, it is also a pleasure and we intend to make people happy with our pastries. We can spend hours perfecting recipes so our creations are a delight to your 5 senses: they look pretty, they smell nice, they melt in your mouth, they taste good and each one of them has a distinctive sound when you take the first bite… Catherine and the team of baristas strive to provide customer service as delightful as the pastries, in French and in English!
Our mission is to introduce people living in the “best place on Earth” to the sensations of “the best pastries on Earth”, we mean authentic traditional French pastries. We use only the best natural ingredients, without any additives or preservatives. We want to achieve the height of quality in the pastry industry and excellence in customer service.
Our values can be summed up by the word “respect“: for your body (feed it only with the best nature has to offer, not anything artificially/chemically altered), for the environment (buy “green” and local), for the people (for our customers, suppliers, employees and anyone that treats us with equal respect), for traditions (there must be a reason why UNESCO declared French gastronomy ‘world intangible heritage’)
A little bit of history
When you ask an expat what he misses most from his home land, you invariably get the same two answers: family/friends and the food. Did you know that French people spend as much time talking about food as actually cooking? Well, we are no exception to the rule and, although we like muffins and donuts, we really miss the pastries, biscuits and sweet stuff you can find in any neighbourhood bakery in France. Fortunately enough, David has a gift for cooking and baking… Ever heard of a groom being the Chef at his own wedding? It speaks for itself and shows how dedicated David is to his passion…
In 2009, we fell in love with British Columbia (who wouldn’t?) and Vancouver, a city we saw as the perfect place to start afresh. This is when David became a professional baker. After a couple of years perfecting his skills, he grew increasingly frustrated with the lack of originality and quality of the products in most bakeries and we decided it was time for us to start our own baking company: David as the Chef and Catherine helping with running the business and unforgivingly jurying whatever comes out of the oven.
In January 2011, French Made Baking was born and we vowed to stick to our New Year’s resolution: to give our best to provide you with the best products and service.
We are sorry to announce that French Made Baking has closed its doors on August 31, 2017.
A message from the Owners:
“We truly thank each and every one of you who made this adventure possible and enjoyable, our customers and staff and the wonderful Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.
We started French Made from a desire to bake the best French pastries and share our passion for food. What we love above all is meeting our customers, getting to know you and being in the front line in the kitchen and at the counter. As the business grew, we were faced with a tough decision. Either staying a small family business and doing our best to keep up with growing demand for quality baking or moving on to the next stage and expand the business. Unfortunately, remaining small takes a toll on our family and personal lives. Vancouver is a tough place for small businesses. However, developing the business in the other direction made us feel like we were losing that connection with our customers and staff. It wasn’t aligned with what we hold dear.
An opportunity came up and we decided to let French Made as you’ve known it take a break. Both the café and our Atelier kitchen on Kent avenue will close their doors in the next few weeks. We are planning to take some time to work on personal projects that were left aside for the past 6 years and think about the future of French Made.
We have learnt and grown so much on a personal and professional level. We are grateful for every minute of it. We enjoyed being a part of your family events through our pastries, to see your kids grow and feel part of the community.
The café will close its doors on August 31 but you will find us at various farmers’ markets in September. We will still accept some orders for pick up from our Kent Avenue Atelier in September*. Please contact us by email with a few days notice: firstname.lastname@example.org. We have also added a few more classes in September.
Please keep following us on social media and check our website to see what we’re up to in the future!”
David & Catherine Introligator, Co-Owners
* Atelier kitchen: 1589 North East Kent Avenue, Vancouver (east of Knight Street bridge)