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French pastry chef opening bakery-cafe on Hertel

A French pastry chef is opening a café on Hertel Avenue to serve French-style baked goods and simple meals.

Camille Le Caer, who has been making desserts for Giancarlo's and Ristorante Lombardo, is opening Pastry by Camille Maison Le Caer at 1416 Hertel Ave. The spot was formerly Globe Market to Go.

Le Caer has also been selling his macarons, feather-light French sandwich cookies, at the Horsefeathers Winter Market. Those macarons will be part of the small menu of sweets, bread, salads and sandwiches once he starts rolling. He should open his doors in June, Le Caer said.

Eclairs and macarons will be among the offerings. Croque monsieurs and madames, ham sandwiches with béchamel sauce will be on offer. He will also make baguettes, the classic skinny French loaf.

Plates will include hachis parmentier, a sort of French shepherd's pie of ground beef in red wine sauce and mashed potatoes, served with salad.

His aim is to specialize in a few products that are hard to find locally in classic French forms. For instance? "Eclairs," he mentioned first. "Eclairs will be like the flag on my shop."

Not just any eclairs, though. "I'm going to make the European shape, but will try to fit in the best way we can for the Buffalo people." Coming soon, he said: sponge candy eclairs.

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