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Side Dishes: Winooski gets a bakery

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Winooski has a great reputation for its brunches, Asian food and pizza. A place to pick up a pie or cake? Not so much. That may change when Cupp’s starts serving in the Spinner Place complex. Gretel-Ann Fischer, co-owner with her husband, Brian, says she hopes to open her bakery and café in the first or second week of December.

Already owner and baker of Fischer’s Fancies, Fischer says her cake company has outgrown her Colchester home kitchen. Both Fischers are graduates of the culinary arts program at New York’s Paul Smith’s College, and Gretel-Ann says she’s happy to flex her muscles cooking savory fare once again.

Nonsweet options at Cupp’s will include soups, salads and panini. Look for Green Eggs and Ham with basil-infused eggs; the Mud Flap, composed of Nutella and bananas between two slices of French toast; and a pressed sandwich called the Stinky Sasquatch.

Of course, baked goods will be the top draw at Cupp’s. Fischer says she’ll focus on cakes and cupcakes in quirky flavors, including blueberry muffin, peanut-butter cup and chocolate-covered strawberry. The bakery case will also hold scones, whoopie pies, macaroons and other cookies. Fischer says her famous spice cake with caramel apple filling and Vermont maple buttercream is sure to be on the menu.

Fischer’s Fancies is already a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, and Cupp’s will use local ingredients when possible. For that reason, offerings will change daily based on availability. Once apples are out of season, holiday selections — including a pistachio cake — will fill the case. Expect a variety of pies, including a savory meat one and sweet selections such as pumpkin, lemon meringue and berry-apple crisp.

According to Fischer, her goal in opening Cupp’s is to provide “natural, good-for-you food that still tastes amazing.” All-natural buttercream-topped cupcakes? Count us in.

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