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GoNOLA Find: Levee Baking Co.

Bread from Levee Baking Co. (Photo courtesy of Levee Baking Co.)

In a perfect world, there would be fresh bread and pastries at every meal. Or for every meal. I’m a sucker for a well-made baked good. And that’s exactly what Levee Baking Co. brings us. Created by Miami native-turned New Orleans baker, Christina Balzebre, Levee Baking Co. has me drooling every time I think about their homemade treats.

Vegan chocolate chip cookies at Levee Baking Co. (Photo courtesy of Levee Baking Co.)

The first item I ever had from the Levee Baking Co. was a vegan cookie. Let’s be clear here: I’m not vegan. I actually stay away from vegan baked goods because I find that they tend to lack flavor, texture, and the richness that non-vegan cookies have. But not here.

I’m also a huge fan because of their locally-sourced ingredients that come from local farmers and small business owners. From the chocolate used in their cookies to the produce that they get from the farmer’s market, supporting the community is on this bakery’s priority list. In turn, the end result is high-quality and flavorful baked goods.

Levee Baking Co. doesn’t have a brick and mortar store yet, but that’s just part of the charm. If you have an itch for their pastries during the week, you can find them at Congregation Coffee in Algiers Point or Café Bon Ami in the CBD. However, if you have time on Saturday or Sunday, hop on over to the popup at their kitchen and restaurant space shared with Mosquito Supper Club on 3824 Dryades St. You’ll find a full offering of their baked goods and coffee there. If you want to get a special someone in your life a cake, pie, or quiche for their birthday, you can’t go wrong here.

Lastly, to add to your sweet spread, I recommend a hand pie or two, because I’m a huge fan of the homemade jam you’ll find inside of these buttery bites of goodness. A special shout out to the “Kouign Amann,” a sweet, caramelized croissant that’s every bit as delicious as it sounds. Not a sweets kind of person? I recommend a loaf of the country bread as your new household bread staple.

Amany is a registered dietitian and NOLA native, who grew up just across the CCC on the West Bank. Amany is a foodie in the best food city in the world. When not 'dietitianing' and eating, you can find her running miles around the city and discussing important life decisions over an iced coffee, with a splash of almond milk.

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