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Sweet Surprises

Photography by Tina Sargeant
Photography by Tina Sargeant

Meet Beril Nar, baking handcrafted sweets in one of Lakeland’s beloved restaurants.

The Market at Cafe Zuppina | Coffee & Dessert Shop here in Lakeland is well known for their gelato, assortment of French pastries, and Turkish coffee.

Left to Right, Beril Nar and Berna Nar

Previously, the French pastries sold at The Market at Cafe Zuppina | Coffee & Dessert Shop were sourced from a French Tampa bakery, but today they are all baked in-house by Beril Nar.

Beril is the daughter of Berna Nar, owner of Cafe Zupppina and The Market at Cafe Zuppina | Coffee & Dessert Shop.

Beril planned to return to Lakeland after receiving her degree in hospitality and restaurant management at UCF, but she never expected the opportunity at hand upon her return to Lakeland.

“I had no intentions of ever baking or even starting a career like that,” says Beril.

The French Tampa bakery closed their doors a few months ago and connected Beril and Berna with French Pastry Chef Matthieu. After a two-month apprenticeship from Chef Matthieu, Beril discovered her natural baking talent and started crafting beautiful French pastries for her family’s businesses.

“I had no intentions of ever baking or even starting a career like that. My mom had always wanted me to visit Europe and take some type of chocolate course, just to learn — and it just hasn’t worked out. This opportunity felt like it just came right to our feet,” says Beril.

As of now, Beril plans to continue her baking journey by providing house-made French pastries for The Market at Cafe Zuppina | Coffee & Dessert Shop. She looks forward to her future in baking and what that will bring, perhaps in Lakeland or beyond.

“I love working with my parents. My mom is doing all of the cooking, and people are coming in for dinner and lunch and then staying for my pastries”. – Beril Nar

The Market at Cafe Zuppina | Coffee & Dessert Shop
4417 S. Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33813

 

 

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