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Greenwich Baker Discusses Business Ownership With RMA

Black Forest Pastry Shop owner Herb Mueller will speak at the next meeting of the Retired Men's Association of Greenwich Wednesday.
Black Forest Pastry Shop owner Herb Mueller will speak at the next meeting of the Retired Men's Association of Greenwich Wednesday. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. – The Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich will host Black Forest Pastry Shop owner Herb Mueller at its next meeting Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich.

The Black Forest Pastry Shop has been a fixture in Greenwich since 1982. For two generations the Black Forest Pastry Shop has offered classic German, New England and seasonal desserts. The daily menu includes Danish pastries, croissants, cookies, cakes as well as a new selection of gluten-free offerings.

Mueller will describe how his pastry shop operates, what the challenges are and how he knows what delicious items customers will want.

Ed Mueller, a classically trained Baeckermeister, and his wife, Louise, founded the Black Forest Pastry Shop. They were former owners of the Rye Ridge Pastry Shop in New York. His son, Herb, was raised in the business and pursued his passions in an intensive apprenticeship at Café Roeder in Bad Dürrheim, Germany. He continued his baking and pastry education at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, before accepting a pastry sous chef position at the then newly developed Foxwoods Casino. He partnered with Dan Puffer in 1995 to assume the leadership of the family business and carry on the next generation of baking traditions.

RMA meetings are free and open to the public; both men and women are welcome. No reservations are required. Plan to arrive around 10:40 a.m. for a social break including coffee and cake, followed by the speaker at 11 a.m. Meetings are held at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich, with parking on-street or at public lot two houses north of the church on Lafayette Place.

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