Ballantyne Magazine

WINTER 2017-2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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boards list the day's soups, sandwiches, quiches and salads. Drinks at the adjacent beverage bar include coffees, teas and a selection of wines and local beers. House-made syrups such as spiced apple and orange-clove add seasonal flavors to French sodas and mimosas. For many, a bakery is synonymous with sweet treats, but Amélie's savory dishes are always on the menu, such as a rich, puff-pastry bouchée filled with ham and gruyere cheese. As remarkable as it may seem that the bakery might end a day with leftover croissants, those that go unsold make their way into pain perdu. It's a savory bread pudding with custard and a combination of hearty ingredients that may include sausage, apples and cheddar during winter, and lighter vegetables at other times of year. Amélie's sells literally thousands of cookies each day. A few ingredients such as puff pastry dough, bulk almond creme and chocolate mousse are prepped at the bakery's production kitchen uptown, but everything is assembled and baked fresh, every day, at each of the individual locations. And while each of Amélie's six locations has its own personality and decor, all of them have the fanciful French style that includes wide-striped blue walls, a chandelier fashioned from kitchen utensils and a Mona Lisa wearing sunglasses. Cleverly mismatched furniture and mosaic art pieces crafted by designer and co-founder Brenda Ische give Amélie's its signature style. Carmel Commons has the only covered patio, and it's open year-round with heaters that make the space cozy in winter. It's the perfect spot to sip spiced, mulled wine or a salted caramel apple cider. Whether enjoying a simple cafe au lait or an elegant chocolate petit gateau, everyone can agree on one thing: Amélie's French Bakery and Café truly captures the flavor of that special and delicious "je ne sais quoi," without all that troublesome travel. Amélie's exudes a funky French style that includes blue-striped walls and a chandelier made of kitchen utensils. BALLANTYNE WINTER 2017-2018 46 Fab Fare

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