For many years, Georges Perrier has been both my teacher and my friend. I have always known him as a true artist but it was never as apparent to me as when we were part of a group holidaying in the south of France a few years ago. Everyday, Georges could be found either at the market shopping for the freshest and most beautiful produce or in the kitchen, effortlessly whipping up any number of delicious meals and snacks. Needless to say, my dear friend lives and breathes the art of food, and now, that also includes the art of bread.
And that’s just what Georges’ latest venture of passion is called: Art of Bread. Located in Narberth (coincidentally, in the same building that housed the bakery where I worked at the counter in high school), AoB is not your typical bakery. I had the privilege of taking a behind-the-scenes tour a week before opening and I can tell you this place is like nowhere I’ve ever seen! State-of-the-art equipment helps AoB churn out 1,200 croissants a day (and 7 days a week at that!) not to mention beautiful pastries and perfectly crusty breads. It is mind-blowing how much deliciousness is baked in this place!
I should add that Georges is not new to the world of bread: he provides Twenty Manning Grill with our crowd-pleasing, custom-made salted rye and caraway seed rolls – much to the delight of returning customers and to me (I LOVE them!).
Touring the bakery felt like we were back in France together. I’m so proud of Georges and I’m sure AoB will be a homerun for my dear friend. I can’t wait for him to share his knowledge at a class at COOK later this year! Felicitations, mon ami!
Art of Bread by Georges Perrier
920 Montgomery Avenue
Narberth, PA 19072
Opening June 2011