Pastry chef extraordinaire David Glass closed his south Windsor bakery and moved to Vermont 10 years ago, but he’s been doing bi-weekly errands in Bloomfield ever since, delivering cakes and truffles to a sold-out crowd that could never tire of her confections.
But now Glass, 73, and his wife and partner, Vivie, 63, are retiring, and Glass wants to hand over his exclusive recipes – including his ultimate chocolate truffle cake, up to 50 types of truffles, dozens of cakes, bar cookies, as well as caramels and chocolate barks – at another baker “as close to the Hartford area as possible”.
“We want someone who is either a talented baker or someone who wants to be a talented baker, someone who can bake cakes and truffles like we do, preferably someone with some kind of skill. ‘factory space like what we had originally, so they can accommodate all of our customers,’ Glass said.
The New York Times said its Ultimate Chocolate Truffle Cake is “considered by many chocolate lovers to be the ultimate dessert”.
Interested bakers can email Glass at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 860-462-7520 to discuss the terms of the business transfer. In the email, bakers should include “why do they want to do this, what kind of setup do they have,” Glass said.
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When Glass chooses a successor, he and Vivie Glass “will begin an intensive training program, for as long as necessary, until they can make the cakes perfectly,” he said.
Glass, a West Hartford native, baked and sold desserts in the Hartford area – in Hartford, then Bloomfield, then South Windsor – beginning in 1981. He became famous for his uncompromising touch with cakes, selling to enthusiastic audiences and commercial operations. such as Whole Foods, Omaha Steaks, Stew Leonard’s, Trader Joe’s, Zabar’s, airlines, high end restaurants and a major Canadian supermarket chain.
The couple moved to Colchester, Vermont in 2012. One of their sons had just died and they wanted to be closer to their other sons and grandchildren. Since then, they have operated a mailing list ordering system and send orders to Bloomfield every other Sunday afternoon. Customers line up in a long queue in the parking lot behind Wells Fargo Bank on Jerome Avenue. Glasses will continue to meet their customers’ needs in this way until the new baker is fully trained.
“I would say 0.01% of our business is in Vermont and 99.99% in Connecticut,” he said. Demand in the Hartford area is so high, he said, that he’s had to turn down “20 to 30 percent of our orders.” He said there was also a possibility of a clientele in New York.
Glass said he wanted to spend more time with his sons and grandchildren and write books.
“I want to write books about my apprenticeships in two three-star restaurants in France, and one about traveling around the world,” he said.
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