Since 2011, Christina’s Gourmet Cookies has been treating customers to delicious treats in downtown Southington, but the store has also served as a place where children and adults can learn to bake and expand their culinary skills.
Now, owner Christina Hart is expanding her business to incorporate more lessons, more baking, and more culinary lessons. Foodology Cooking School and Bakery Café is getting ready to open its doors at a 1,500 square-foot space at 991 South Main St. in Plantsville. Located at the former site of Rossina’s Pizzeria, Hart is putting the finishing touches on a July grand opening.
“It’s going to have a whole new vibe,” Hart said in a press release.
The space has been designed as one large room, so that customers enjoying a baked goodie and cup of coffee will be able to get caught up in the enthusiasm of those taking a baking or cooking lesson.
Foodology will feature an expanded menu, including Christina’s Gourmet Cookies, of course, as well as cinnamon buns, muffins, cakes, pies and other baked goods. Baker Laura Hyjek has been promoted to bakery manager, overseeing the daily operations.
With Christina’s Gourmet Cookies, Hart has consistently treated customers to new flavors and new tastes. There are many favorites—which can also be ordered online—including triple chip, double chocolate cherry explosion, peanut butter bliss, molasses spice and innumerable variations. Hart continues to dream up more treats to tempt her fans, and that trend will continue.
Foodology will build upon Hart’s long success with popular culinary courses for children and adults. Course favorites, such as an introduction to baking, pastry arts, a regional cooking “road trip,” recipe challenge and “Stories, Sweets and Me” for little ones and a parent will continue, while new new courses and challenges will be added.
The store’s teaching kitchen will include a 4-foot by 12-foot butcher’s block and four additional stations equipped with everything students will need to create their culinary masterpieces.
In addition, the larger setting will enable her to showcase Foodology as a venue for special occasions such as bridal or baby showers. In-house catering can provide the custom refreshments.
“Foodology will be a fun and unique place people can come to share their love of cooking and eating delicious food,” she said in the release.
Hart also expect to continue to support the community, opening her doors to local Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for fundraising purposes. Youngsters have had the opportunity to create a unique cookie to be sold within the store as a fundraiser.
Registrations for summer and fall classes are being taken online at foodologylab.com or by calling (860) 426-9499. Summer hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays. After Labor Day, the store will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays.