Famed French bakery La Tarte Tropézienne offers Dallas a holiday sneak peek
World-famous French bakery café La Tarte Tropézienne will soon open the first-ever storefront outside of France in Dallas in 2020. But for those who can't wait, the bakery is introducing a catering menu for the holidays that includes its legendary Tropézienne cream tartes.
This gives Dallasites the opportunity to be among the first in the U.S. to taste their renowned confections.
La Tarte Tropézienne was established by Alexandre Micka in 1955 in the village of Saint-Tropez. The signature pastry is the Tarte Tropézienne, which features a blend of two creams piped onto a sweet gourmet brioche and sprinkled with sugar. The recipe is a closely kept secret, known by only three people in the world.
La Tarte Tropézienne also does viennoiseries and pastries, including eclairs, croissants, pain au chocolate, brioche, and fruit tarts.
The bakery will open in downtown Dallas, next to/beneath the Hotel Joule, at 1604 Main St. A spokesperson says that the bakery is still waiting on permits from the city, but hopes to open by early 2020.
According to the spokesperson, this new catering menu begins December 9, and includes sandwiches, salads, charcuterie boards, croissants, and last but not least, their famed Tarte Tropezienne, which you can get in a variety of enticing configurations.
This is just an abbreviated menu until the store is up and running. And the only orders that can be placed are catering orders, with a minimum order of $150. IE, you can't just order a single tarte and be done with it.
That said, you're certainly welcome to order $150 worth of tartes.
Sweet items on the menu include:
- Baby Trop tower - $150 or $300
- Medium Tarte Tropezienne, feeds 6-8 - $40
- Tartlette Tropezienne, bite-size - $2.25
- Croissants, in plain, chocolate, and almond - $3.50-$4.25
- Chocolate mousse - $3
Savory items on the menu include:
- Salads including poached pear & blue cheese, and salmon Nicoise - $12-$15
- Sandwiches including Pan Bagnat with chicken breast, turkey & Brie, and ham - $6-$15
- Charcuterie boards, $100-$320
To execute the menu, La Tarte Tropezienne has collaborated with former Abacus chef Chef Chris Patrick and Bright Box Foods, for business and lunch catering. Bright Box is Patrick's catering and meals company and is located at The Kitchen at 3015 Trinity Groves.
All ingredients are authentic, imported from France, but made in Dallas.
You place your order by emailing email@example.com and you must order 72 hours in advance. Bright Box works with a delivery service called Deliv, but their reach currently extends only through Oak Cliff. If you live outside their service area, you can pick up your order at Trinity Groves.