Openings: Lee & Marie’s Cakery
September 07, 2012 | by —LIANA LOZADA | Food & Drink News
Hummingbird cake at Lee & Marie's Cakery
As the sun rises over South of Fifth, so too does the smell of freshly brewed Panther Coffee and warm maple bacon and corn muffins from Lee & Marie’s Cakery, which opens today in the Continuum Building. Part patisserie and part breakfast and lunch counter, Lee & Marie’s serves locally sourced baked goods, soups, sandwiches, and salads. Specialties include espresso coffee pudding, salty caramel apple pie, a variety of éclairs, a pork belly BLT with avocado and kimchi aioli, and of course, a rotating selection of artful cakes.
The quaint 50-seat café channels southern charm with textured woods, interesting antiques, and playful bric-a-brac. Diners can take their meal at a communal table, counter, or outdoor café. At the helm of it all is social entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrea “Andy” Travaglia, who partnered with pastry chef wunderkind Yannis Janssens to make her vision a reality.
The pair’s main focus is to offer delicious sweets and savories using homegrown Miami ingredients from Myakka’s Dakin Farms, Wynwood's Panther Coffee, and Paradise Farms. For a personal touch, Travaglia named the shop after her daughters’ grandmothers. The duo has also partnered with the University of Miami/Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities to provide employment opportunities for autistic adults. 40 S. Pointe Dr., Miami Beach, 305- 672-5167