December 04 2020 – Melissa Patterson
Hello and welcome!
My name is Melissa. I'm an entrepreneur, dreamer, foodie, world traveller and the proud owner of a chain of cafes in downtown Toronto. On any given day (pre pandemic) you can find me bouncing between Cafe Plenty locations, greeting my loyal customers with the world's biggest smile, dreaming up new recipes and opening up my home to family and friends. My passion for food and people bubbles over into absolutely everything I do. Beyond my life's work I'm known for always having the ingredients to make fresh baked treats for anyone who stops by...which is often, because I truly love a full kitchen and home.
I'm also a bit of a nomad, hopping on a plane at a moment's notice. In fact, this is how Cafe Plenty began and how I come up with most of my recipes, inspired by the food scenes of London, Paris and small towns in Northern Italy. Above all, my love for family keeps me coming home. Their love and support is what fuels me and you'll see their presence woven throughout this blog. In fact, if it weren't for my beloved father, I wouldn't be where I am today. He inspired me to follow my dreams, he taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to and he told me that I make the best damn treats around, so I should share that with the world!
Behind each menu item is a story - a memory associated with a person or place is often my inspiration and the recipe’s first ingredient The first story I’m bringing to your table is our Coffee Cake Muffin - a tale about my father, his love of treats and his devotion to me and to Café Plenty. And, of course, a recipe worthy of memories made for you too.
Please enjoy these recipes and share them with your loved ones. Because a piece of cake enjoyed alone, is not truly enjoyed.