Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Eat | 0 comments

Remember my 2014 NC Food Trends article? Selfishly, I made the prediction that this would be the year for French macarons. Well, I would just like to thank chef Daniel Benjamin for fueling my addiction to French macarons.

Photo credit: lucettegrace

Photo credit: lucettegrace

In celebration of today’s Macron Day in Paris and New York City, pastry chef Daniel Benjamin has announced that he will be opening a bakery in downtown Raleigh. lucettegrace, a contemporary patisserie on Salisbury St. is opening in Spring 2014. lucettegrace will specialize in sweet and savory breakfast pastries, desserts and light lunch.

Basque Baguette

Photo credit: lucettegrace

Macaron Day was started in Paris by Pierre Herme and was brought to NYC by Francois Payard, chef Daniel Benjamin’s first chef mentor. On Macaron Day the great pastry shops give out free macarons to celebrate the macaron in all of its glory, and donate a portion of macaron sales to local food banks and charities. Next year, chef Daniel hopes to bring Macaron Day to Raleigh.

Photo credit: lucettegrace

Photo credit: lucettegrace

Get ready, Raleigh. Chef Daniel’s bakery is about to be the talk of the town.

Want a “taste” of chef Daniel’s pastries? Purchase tickets to TASTE 2014’s Drinks and Desserts Reception at Piedmont Restaurant in Durham. This reception will feature pastries from chefs of lucettegrace, ONE Restaurant and Piedmont Restaurant along with delicious drinks.