Pardon My French Bakery is so good you’ll be shouting expletives. You might say husband and wife team Lalo and Jamie Tejeda have a lot in common. Lalo was born and raised in a family of bakers and eventually studied pastry in culinary school. After graduating, he worked extensively at high end resorts creating pastries and desserts for many to enjoy. Jamie has worked in the food and wine industry for over a decade and always dreamed of owning a coffee and pastry shop where people could come and relax, study, read and spend time with friends. Their passions collided to create Pardon My French Bakery.
What inspired you to get into foodservice?
“My husband, Lalo, is the baker; his family has owned a bakery for over 90 years now, so baking is in his blood. He graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in 2010 and has been able to create and work his way up to owning his own bakery. It is his passion, and he strives to make everything from scratch and fresh daily.”
What do you love about your business?
“We love being a family owned and operated business where we can also raise our children. I love being a part of the community and seeing how a small community really comes together for one another.”
What’s the most interesting thing to happen to your business?
“The most interesting things to happen to our business have been watching the business grow and having people from over 4 hours away tell us that they have heard so much about us where they live.”
What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
“Running a busy and successful business with no staff; just one baker and one front of the house / accountant.”