Later this month, the community can start frequenting a new Dunedin bakery and cafe, where the mantra is, "Everybody must get sconed!" The Scone Age, which celebrates its grand opening from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 28, has promised a mix of traditional baked goods and elevated comfort food next to Eli's Bar B Que at 332 Skinner Blvd.
But the real draw is that the bakery and cafe refrains from using processed ingredients, opting instead for their whole, organic brethren (think unbleached flour) and fresh and local products whenever possible. Unsurprisingly, co-owner and executive chef Shelley Jaffe — who's been in the kitchen with her family since she was 18 months old and grew up cooking farm-to-table — puts an emphasis on scratch-made menu items, from pastries to entrees.
A few farms and vendors the Scone Age sources from are Oldsmar's Dancing Goat, Black Gold Coffee Roasters in Venice and Punta Gorda's Worden Farm.
Patrons will find a rotating selection of European classics like eclairs, brioche and scones, New York cheesecake, vegan "energy balls" and the signature kremkies, aka bar cakes stuffed with fillings. Jaffe has also dreamed up paleo, gluten-free and keto treats — among them cookies, bread and muffins — that call for freshly milled nuts and cassava flour.
"I like to use as much whole food in all of my cooking as possible, so that none of the valuable nutrients is lost, or the flavor that goes with them," writes Jaffe in the About section of the Scone Age's Facebook page. "The result is simple, delicious food that lets the natural flavors shine through."
On the savory side, there are sandwiches and wraps, accompanied by soups and salads with a choice of three house dressings. The bakery and cafe furthers its allure during weekend brunch, serving tempting options like stuffed French toast (baked layers of bread and cream cheese soaked in maple butter custard) and Seattle Benedict (poached eggs and wild-caught smoked salmon over a scone topped with lemony hollandaise).
Wash it all down with cold-pressed juice crafted on-site, teas or Black Gold coffee.
And as if this place wasn't eco-friendly enough, the Scone Age plans to offer bamboo utensils as well as biodegradable plates and cups.
Itching to hit up the grand opening? Customers who buy a scone at the celebration, according to the bakery and cafe's website, land a complimentary cup of brewed java. Just sayin'.