THE WEDGE — The chocolate croissants and potato rosemary loaves at Solomon’s Bakery are expanding from the Mill City Market to a new location at 2827 Hennepin Ave.
Owner Veronica Anczarski said she plans to open as soon as she gets a green light from the city, selling pastries, bread and coffee at the former Infinitea Teahouse.
Anczarski earned degrees in marketing and art from DePaul University in Chicago, but her career plans took a detour when she found a pastry chef opening at a vegetarian café.
“I made the owner a cake. He tried it and liked it, and said, ‘This job is yours,’” she said. “He didn’t ask me if I had any experience or knew what I was doing … I’ve never been to culinary school. I taught myself how to bake.”
Anczarski expanded her culinary education when she took a job at a Barnes & Noble store. She paged through every cookbook on the shelf.
“All I did was read, read, read,” Anczarski said. “I got lots of ideas. … I had no idea how to make bread.”
Anczarski has adopted a European style of pastry-making, and she also perfected a selection of Latin pastries when she took over a Latin bakery space at 2401 Central Ave. NE three years ago.