Come behind the scenes with The Local Palate at the Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, and see how much we enjoyed Cheryl and Griffith Day’s bakery, company, and scrumptious confections. For recipes, be sure to check out the December 2012/January 2013 issue of the magazine, and also pick up the Day’s cookbook, The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook to bring some Savannah sweetness into your kitchen. And now…let’s see how that photo shoot went!
Back in the Day bakery in Savannah, Georgia is a feast for your eyes, your soul and your stomach. It is an eclectic mix of crystal chandeliers, mix matched chairs and tables and rustic artwork (my favorite one says, “Keep calm and Have a Cupcake”). There is so much to look at and it is all so, well, pretty. Then you see the pastry case with all of the amazing cupcakes and pastries and you know you have found a slice of heaven.
Back in the Day was opened 10 years ago by Cheryl and Griffith Day who recently published a cookbook bearing the bakery’s name, Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. You’ll find no frozen par baked breads or cake mixes here. Everything here is produced from scratch in small batches. Cheryl and Griffith are both self taught bakers who took inspiration from their mothers and food from their childhood.
We arrive early in the morning on Saturday and already the bakery is full of customers and the bakery will remain busy for the rest of the day. In addition to their regular customers, there is a constant stream of visitors wearing stickers designating them as a part of a the Savannah food tour. They buy books to be signed and many want their picture taken with Cheryl and Griffith. Throughout the day Cheryl and Griff graciously juggle the lunch crowd, the food tour customers and then there is us.
The Days have prepared 8 of the most beautiful cakes you have ever laid your eyes on for us to photograph for The Local Palate’s December|January issue and they have transformed the back of their bakery into a makeshift photo studio. On a large blackboard next to the kitchen and next to their “Bakery Saint” (more on that later), Cheryl has written a list of the cakes that we need to photograph and as we progress she marks them off one by one. Cheryl places the finishing touches on a tall chocolate cake as Griffith sprinkles a yule log with confectioner’s sugar just before it is photographed. All the while, customers meander through taking photos of their own and visiting with Cheryl and Griffith.
The day is long and by the time the photo shoot ends and the bakery closes, we are all tired but exhilarated from a sweet, productive day. We say our thanks to the “Bakery Saint” and head home.
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