Zaytouna in the Miami New Times


The Wynwood Yard’s Baker’s Dozen Spotlights 13 Local Dessert Shops

This Saturday, December 15, 13 local vendors and pastry chefs will go head-to-head at the Wynwood Yard’s Baker’s Dozen, where they will dish out their most delicious dessert in hopes of gaining the most votes and winning a temporary pop-up at the Yard.

“Creating and hosting events that are accessible and fun for the entire family is a big part of who we are,” Julie Frans, the Yard’s culinary director, says. “This event, like so many others, is an opportunity to bring together locals with our city’s talent.”

From world-class pastry chefs to emerging culinary entrepreneurs, Baker’s Dozen will feature a dynamic group of homegrown sweets makers. Among them is Karina Rivera, a Mexican-born chef who now works under pastry legend Antonio Bachour and is expected to open a new shop in Coral Gables within the next few months.

Personal trainer turned cookie maker Lamaar Evans will debut Indulge MIA, where he makes everything from campfire cookies, which are his interpretation of a classic s’mores cookie, to the Miami Beach, a mango, white chocolate, guava, and toasted macadamia nut cookie.

Zaytouna Foods, a local prepared foods company comprised of Syrian refugee women, will feature Namoura, a semolina cake topped with almond and soaked in sweet syrup. Other participants include Lily & Pips, Illegal Bakery, Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream, SusiLicious Bake Shop, and Dasher and Crank.

“Anyone was welcome to apply and participate,” Frans says. “We are thrilled to have amazing talent like Karina working alongside the Syrian refugee women of Zaytouna, who have found a way to connect to our community through food, and up-and-coming bakers like Alison Stribling of Lily & Pips, who whips up gluten-free English-style teatime treats like Victoria sponge cake, and sticky toffee cake.”

Priced at $10 per person, the event will offer attendees generous samples from each of the 13 bakers. Guests will vote for their favorite, and the shop with the most votes will win a pop-up at the Yard, joining Santo Dulce, Kuenko, World Famous House of Mac, and others.

During the event, the Bar at the Yard will serve up happy hour specials from 2 to 5 p.m., including a Simple Vodka cocktail and other specialty drinks.

Baker’s Dozen. 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 15, at the Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-351-0366; Tickets cost $10 via


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