Happy Valentine’s Day, my lovely blog readers. May this day bring you bunches of roses, chocolate, champagne and stuffed bears — if you’re into that sort of thing. If you’re not, well, I hope you have a blissfully simple day devoid of sappy romantic gestures.
This being Valentine’s Day, however, it did seem appropriate to share some news about a new bakery coming to Franklin Road near Tanglewood Mall. It will be called Edible Arts, and the owner said he is going to specialize in French-style pastries that are both delectable and gorgeous to behold.
Calvert LaFollette, 46, told me he is originally from West Virginia and was an artist in Florida for more than 20 years before he fell in love with cooking. He said he attended culinary school down there and worked at hotels while still doing his art on the side. He is particularly fond of creating chocolate and sugar art.
LaFollette has been showing his drawings around Roanoke for the past few years; he has participated in the Open Studios show and had his own studio on Campbell Avenue for a time. If you’d like to see a piece of his art work, click here.
When LaFollette found the former Foodies space at 4054 Franklin Road, he said, it was perfect for his new business. He’s been having some remodeling done on the inside and hopes to open about mid-April. He said plenty of bakers are doing good bread in Roanoke so he will specialize in pastries, although he will sell a few breads and some lunch items.
LaFollette would like to have the occasional art show at his bakery, but it won’t be your typical art show.
“I will try to do a couple of events a year where it’s all edible,” he said, “and you can come in and eat it.”