Monday, November 18, 2013

Walton’s Fancy & Staple Boasts Extraordinary Holiday Treats - Austin, Texas

Walton’s Fancy & Staple Boasts Extraordinary Holiday Treats

At Walton’s Fancy & Staple, West Sixth Street’s popular spot for catering, baked goods, and dine in or take out meals, über pastry chef Karina Akhavan makes some of the city’s most amazing desserts. Her passion for producing high-quality pastries and breads inspires her to develop new ideas and play with flavors—and she’s been busy in the kitchen constructing extraordinary treats just in time for the holidays.

Akhavan is constantly pushing the bar, providing patrons with otherworldly desserts, from the cookies and cakes in the pastry case to catered parties and dinners. She has even put together the perfect fall and Thanksgiving holiday offerings, including Golden Eggs (with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon; $1.50 each), Ginger Cookies (crisp and chewy; $3 each), Bourbon Vanilla and Brown Sugar Apple Pie (Akhavan’s take on a classic; $22 for a 10-inch pie), Pumpkin Cupcakes with Molasses Cream Cheese Frosting (moist spiced pumpkin cake with molasses-infused frosting; $2 each); Pecan Pie (a Southern staple with local pecans; $22 for a 10-inch pie), and Cayenne Cherry Chocolate Chews (a gluten-free chocolate brownie with some oomph; $1.50 each).

The Central Texas native enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu in Austin shortly after graduating from high school, and at 18, she landed a job working as a pastry cook at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. As a student by day and chef by night, Akhavan quickly honed her skills, learning how to run the line and master baking. At Walton’s, she splits her time between managing and training the team and creating desserts, from the baked goods menu featuring croissants and baguettes to the specialty items such as wedding cakes. Akhavan also bakes more than a dozen varieties of fresh bread daily for Walton’s and its sister restaurant, Bess, in addition to providing fresh breads every other day to Austin establishments such as Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Garrido’s, and Swift’s Attic.

Walton’s artfully-arranged space—a throwback to old general stores yet modernized with state-of-the-art appliances—boasts beautiful flowers and fancy gifts and is just right for a quick deli lunch or one where you can linger over a blue plate special and enjoy a cup of one of Walton’s own delicious coffee blends. Breakfast offerings and specialty breads start the morning off right too. With the holidays fast approaching, Walton’s is sure to be a bright spot on your list for everything from goodies for friends and family to pies and cakes for entertaining.

Walton’s Fancy & Staple is located at 609 W. Sixth Street, Austin, TX 78701. For hours, catering assistance, and more information, call 512-542-3380 or go to

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