Walking into the French Bee Bakery in downtown Parkville literally takes you a world away – just look at the wall and you will not only see the current Parkville time but also the current time in Paris, France!
Now, look in the glass case and see the scrumptious lavender donuts, rosemary apricot bars, chocolate raspberry scones, pumpkin snickerdoodles, cinnamon-yogurt coffee cake, and PB&J bars just to name a few of the tempting offerings. Not just for those who have a sweet tooth, French Bee Bakery’s menu changes daily and offers two homemade soups (roasted sweet potato & black bean plus sherried tomato basil when I visited), three kinds of quiche (spinach & mushroom is my favorite) plus signature sandwiches (Tuna Provence was the crowd favorite!).
Having opened this past March, the French Bee Bakery is quickly becoming a destination location for visitors and a favorite gathering place for area residents. Owner Tracy Torres even admits to opening early for regulars who have to be at work at 7 a.m.
If we see headlights in the parking lot before we open at 6:30, we’ll open the doors so they can get their orders and be to work by 7.”
Wondering why Tracy chose the name “French Bee” for her start-up bakery, I had to ask about the name. Taking a page out of the history book, and historic fashion magazines, she said the French emperor Napoleon had a bee embroidered on his clothing to symbolize rejuvenation. She believes her bakery is the culmination of a dream.
My first visit to the bakery was for lunch with a travel writer, Carla, from Minneapolis who was on a tour of the area. Carla and I had a hard time finalizing our order as the bakery also offers combinations (soup/sandwich plus soup/quiche). I settled on the Mediterranean turkey wrap with house-made hummus while Carla had the roasted sweet potato & black bean soup plus the Tuna Provence sandwich.
Thinking the hard decisions were over, Carla and I then had to decide what to drink and, of course, what to have from that glass case for dessert!
French Bee offers a full line of coffee and tea options. I opted for a loose-leaf mint tea which was brewed then served on a silver platter in its own pot with a cup of ice. It is now my favorite tea which I think Tracy should bottle!
Regarding dessert, Carla and I took the divide-and-conquer approach. We order the lavender donut, rosemary apricot bar and PB&J bar. All three were absolutely fabulous and Carla remarked that the flavor combinations were unique & yummy.
Tracy and her bakers make almost everything from scratch and try to use local ingredients in their recipes. Beware – the bread is homemade! The smell, texture and taste of the multigrain bread and the focaccia would have me coming back alone…coupled with the decadent desserts…let’s just say I’m going to add an additional hour to my workouts at the community center.
Written by Jennifer Goering, executive director for the Platte County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
French Bee Bakery
404 East Street
Parkville, MO 64152
Open: Tue.- Fri., 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Sat., 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sun., 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
The dining room is available to
groups for rental after hours.