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Coco’s Strawberry Bread Pudding Recipe on
“During a trip last summer to Lake Superior's south shore, I walked into Noreen Ovadia's bakery in Washburn, Wis., and immediately hit the strawberry Mother Lode. It was a fantastic bread pudding, rich and creamy and bursting with berries that had been plucked from the farms that stretch out on the hills high above the neighboring town of Bayfield.
“I've daydreamed about that strawberry-fest on more than one occasion. In the intervening 12 months since my visit, Ovadia has expanded her business. Now Cafe Coco - Artisan Bakery & Good Eats is serving breakfast and lunch daily. "So far, we've managed to sell the Chequamegon Bay Area on falafel-lake trout Ruebens as well as frittatas and 'Really Swell French Toast with Banana Caramel Sauce,'" she said. Wow. I'm so booking a return trip.”
Read more of Nelson’s blog and the recipe at startribune.com/taste/blogs
Noreen took a busman's holiday to bake the wedding cake and all the festive food for the wedding of Nick's daughter, Trisha. The cake was delicious, as it was enormous. The groom, Glenn, is 6'4" tall.
Coco makes all sorts of delicious, beautiful, unique wedding cakes including cheese cakes.
Coco fans wear Coco T-shirts. They are available at Café Coco. One says "Just Eat It" on the back, another says "Never Fry Bacon Naked."
Key Lime Pie
Hey Noreen. This is Cherie, Suzanne's mother. How come there is no mention of Key Lime Pie on your website? It is the most amazing treat. I consider myself a connoisseur of key lime pie, and it is the best I have ever had. Yours has replaced chocolate mousse cake and Buche de Noel as my favorite, and that's saying something.
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We are looking forward to Suzanne and Keith's visit next week, with the munchkins of course. They are under orders to bring back AWW, and key lime pie. Imagine that.
We keep telling people about Coco's. I wish you had a sweat shirt, or mugs with your logo. Something to think about down the line. If you want to open a Coco's Midwest we'd be there everyday. After you open Coco's South of course.
Fondly, Cherie Lawrence
Coco is Out and About. Visit some of our friends on Madeline Island, Bayfield, Cornucopia, and Ashland. See where the élite meet.
The croquembouche, pictured above, is a special Coco creation for a wedding. The cone-shaped assembly of light cream-filled French pastry is decorated with threads of caramel. It is delicious and beautiful. The name comes from the French words croque en bouche meaning 'crunch in the mouth'.
I was in your bakery again this past weekend and you still keep amazing me with your wonderful food! In fact I was in there twice, once after a long bike ride with my girlfriend to split a sandwich and have a molasses cookie each, and again on my way home to the Twin Cities. Everything you and your staff make is great. The cinnamon roll I had was the best ever, flaky dough and not too sweet butter cream topping, loved it! I tell everyone I know whose heading to Bayfield to go through Washburn and stop. In addition your staff is really a great crew. I'll always remember stopping in last winter before your expansion to the steamy warmth of your wonderful bakery. Keep up the good work and I wish you great success in the future.—Brian McCarthy
Another Rave Review
the city’s popular daily on-line magazine raved about Café Coco in a
travel article, “Seven
Wonders of Wisconsin: Bayfield and the Apostle Islands.” Publisher, Andy
Café Coco Update GG
The bigger dining room seats 40. It is right next to Coco's current location on Bayfield Street. The two buildings are connected.
The expanded bakery and café features great sandwiches such as a Lake Trout Reuben, a vegan gyro, blue cheese & beef, as well as those famous Coco deli sandwiches.
Noreen and the Coco staff believe that food made fresh from real ingredients is best. Now there is more Coco to love. The expanded cafe serves cooked-to-order breakfast and lunch seven days a week 362 days a year. Check out the menu. Enjoy a leisurely meal, or grab a sandwich, home made soup or salad to go. Café Coco's bakery still makes wholesome bread and mouthwatering pastries and desserts fresh daily. It’s all there, but there is more of it, and all of it is delicious.
Noreen Ovadia Wills, Coco’s proprietor and pâtissier extraordinaire, was interviewed on Barrow, Alaska, radio on Thurs., Sep. 29. Noreen was interviewed by Bob Thomas and Earl Finkler about the Coco menu, its superb food and Noreen’s efficient management style. Earl and his wife, Chris, stopped for lunch at Coco Café on their way from Madeline Island to their home in Medford, WI. In addition to the food, Earl was impressed by “the way a customer goes thru the line — quickly it seems — and how the staff help all the way.”
Barrow is the northernmost community in the United States. It is located on the Chukchi Sea coast, 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The Barrow community is traditionally known as Ukpeagvik, “place where snowy owls are hunted.” KBRW serves listeners in 88,000 sq. miles of Arctic Alaska and thousands more online.
Local whole wheat:
You can taste the difference
You’ve probably noticed the wholesome, nutty flavor of our bakery items containing whole wheat. That’s because the wheat is grown and milled just a few miles from our bakery in Washburn. We use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. Of course, Bayfield County is famous for its apple orchards and berry farms. But it is also home of lots of small farms producing delicious honey, maple syrup, and garden-fresh produce.