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Let Our Family Care for Yours

The Gianino Family ~ Locally Owned & Operated

Proudly Serving Seniors in St. Louis & St. Charles Counties for over 15 years.

Let Our Family

Care for Yours

7915 Big Bend Blvd. | 314-963-1100 |

I defended my country. Ran my own business. Built this home by myself. And you’ re going to treat me like a child?

Simone Faure La Patisserie Chouquette

‌A AccuCare is dedicated to caring for seniors with dignity and respect. In their own homes. On their own terms. AccuCare caregivers are more than in-home care professionals. They are long-time employees who share our dedication to excellence while delivering the finest in compassionate care. Our staff includes a large number of caregivers skilled in the many services necessary to fulfill any client’s specific care needs—with the patience, grace and attention they deserve. At home. Where they belong. AccuCare is owned and operated by RNs committed to offering the finest care in the St. Louis area. Contact us 24 hours a day at 314.692.0020 or email us at


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By Denise Kruse

t La Patisserie Chouquette in Botanical Heights, pastry designer and coowner Simone Faure makes decadent French- and New Orleans-inspired pastries and sweet treats so lovely and refined you’ll feel transported to a charming Parisian café. In addition to the rich and gorgeous treats glittering in the bakery’s case, (everything is peanut- and gluten-free, too) Chouquette offers a Macaron of the Month Club that ships the experience straight to your door, plus weekly (and reservation only) afternoon teas. Faure’s work was most recently recognized on Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship, where she competed with bakers across the country, and last year, her ornate wedding cakes were featured in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. She also manages pastries, bread and desserts for co-owner Ben Poremba’s restaurant group, Bengelina Hospitality Group, which includes Elaia and Olio as well as Old Standard Fried Chicken, all on Tower Grove Avenue in Botanical Heights. How many years have you been doing this work? I’ve been baking 19 years – wow! La Patisserie Chouquette has been open for two and a half years. Prior to opening Chouquette, I was executive pastry chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Clayton. What’s a typical day like for you at the bakery? Getting up at 3 a.m. and preparing my son’s breakfast and uniform for school. I grab a couple of secret kisses from my husband and son while they’re still asleep, as I creep around downstairs, taking care of any last-minute emails or social media posts for the day. I enter the kitchen (at the bakery) in the wee hours of the morning and begin my day by making our signature French macarons. From there, the day is filled with processing orders, inventory and planning cake production for the end of the week. What’s an a typical day like for you at work? At any moment, a customer can walk in, in dire need of an eight-tiered showstopper for his wife’s birthday that he completely forgot about. He’s already in the doghouse, and you know the only thing keeping a roof over his head is this cake – and who’s there to save the day? La Patisserie Chouquette. Yep, we save marriages, one cake at a time. What’s your favorite thing about your work? My favorite part has to be coaching, counseling and guiding young culinarians. My pastry cooks have such different approaches to food and life, but what they all have in common is that they have never worked with someone like me. I’m like the pastry therapist in the kitchen. I love giving advice, whether they take it or not. La Patisserie Chouquette, 1626 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights, 314-932-7935,



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September 4, 2015  

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