Professionally trained pastry chef, Barbara Hines and husband David have opened a Patisserie, French pastry shop, in downtown Milford with big plans to expand the business into a full dining experience over the next 18 months. Formerly located in Milton, Tout de Suite Patisserie is serving the Milford community at their new downtown location at 114 Park Avenue.
Originally from Milford, Ohio, Barbara and David have the combination of culinary and business experience that has made Tout de Suite Patisserie a favorite among area locals since 2009. Barbara studied culinary arts at Atlantic Cape Community College and fell in love with French Cuisine while on business trips to Europe with David, who has worked in business accounting for firms such as Procter and Gamble and Rohm and Haas.
While working in Philadelphia with Rohm and Haas, David and Barbara enjoyed visiting the coastal communities in Delaware and decided to purchase a home between Milton and Lewes. The Milton location of Tout de Suite Patisserie opened in 2009 and saw much success but not the foot traffic that they had hoped for. Their introduction to Milford came in their effort to reach out to surrounding communities through farmers’ markets across Southern Delaware including Georgetown, Fenwick Island, Millsboro and Bridgeville. It was the success that Tout de Suite enjoyed at the farmers’ market in Milford that encouraged them to take a closer look at the downtown area.
“There are two types of farmers’ markets around, there are ones that are community based and ones that are events,” commented David. “The Milford farmers’ market is more truly centered on the community, our customers proved to be dependable and consistent.”
Currently Tout de Suite Patisserie bakes all of their pastries in the Milton location as the Milford location acts as a retail shop for now. Their 18 month expansion plan includes moving their entire facility including baking and refrigeration equipment to Milford and creating a 600 square foot dining area. After those phases are complete David and Barbara are looking to offer outdoor seating on the Mispillion River.
Tout de Suite Chef Barbara creates all of the premium French pastries, breads and desserts from scratch and includes no preservatives in the process. David does the same for their assortment of homemade ice cream. As the business expands and the dining area enlarges, Barbara and David plan to expand their menu to include gourmet pizza, hand crafted soups and offer wine and beer.
“We hope that Tout de Suite will be one of the preferred gourmet bakeries in the region,” commented David. “I want to be distinctively the best bakery in the state, located in Milford.”
Located at 114 Park Avenue, Tout de Suite Patisserie is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7am to 2:30pm. For more information on Tout de Suite’s menu and services visit tdspatisserie.com or call 302-645-4558.