Now celebrating its 20th year in business, City Bakery remains a favorite downtown spot to enjoy both exceptional, handmade pastries, as well as a fresh, market-driven lunch. Yesterday, Maury Rubin, creator, baker, and designer of City Bakery, sat down with author and ICE Instructor Alexandra Leaf for a lecture and discussion with ICE students about how he opened and operates the business. Rubin shared his insights on the business of baking, including current trends and observations, making it an invaluable chance for the ICE students to learn more about owning and operating a business and see his perspective on how a business can be aware of where the food they serves comes from. It was a fascinating discussion with one of New York City’s local food world stars.

Rubin began his career doing almost anything but pastry. In fact, prior to baking, Rubin was a two-time Emmy Award winning producer and director at ABC Sports Television in New York City. But after a six-day pastry class in 1986, he was inspired. Rubin did an apprenticeship in France, then returned to New York City to open The City Bakery in 1990, calling it an updated model of the classic American neighborhood bakery. More…

Yesterday, ICE students were treated to a talk and tasting with Angela Miller of Consider Bardwell Farm. Miller wrote Hay Fever: How Chasing a Dream on a Vermont Farm Changed My Life about her journey from literary agent to farmstead cheese maker. The talk was lead by ICE Instructor Alexandra Leaf who asked Miller about her experience on the farm and guided the students through five different Consider Bardwell cheeses.

Miller was a successful literary agent, counting Mark Bittman, Amy Scherber, Sarabeth Levine and Max McCalman among the authors she worked with. Shortly after her and her husband bought a 300-acre farm in Vermont, they began keeping goats. Now, their award-winning cheeses can be found at farmers’ markets, specialty cheese shops and some of the city’s finest restaurants, including Jean Georges and Daniel. In November, three Consider Bardwell cheese won awards at the prestigious World Cheese Awards. More…