Eat it Kansas City - "Sasha's Baking Company Brings a Taste of Mardi Gras to Kansas City"

Celebrate a New Orleans tradition in the heart of downtown Kansas City with the new Mardi Gras menu at Sasha’s Baking Company. From now until Fat Tuesday (March 4), the European-style bakery is serving up gumbo and muffulettas during lunch and King Cakes for pre-order. Owners Jeremy and Michelle Schepmann set up shop in November 2013 and this is their first time debuting the limited-time Mardi Gras menu.
Although Sasha’s is only four months old, its popularity is growing. During my lunchtime visit crowds form around a refrigerated display case and croissants fly off the shelves. Meanwhile, Jeremy pours wine to guests waiting for open tables as droves of delicious-looking toasted cheese sandwiches come out of the kitchen in quick succession. The bakery only seats 25, but Michelle tells me there will be an outdoor patio area that will accommodate more guests once the weather gets warmer.

Looking around the crowded bakery, I can see the gumbo is a hit. I overhear a man next to me declare it “the best he’s ever had.” And I don’t disagree. There’s a lot to love in this bowl – from the thick cuts of sausage to the spicy Creole-seasoned broth.

Of all Sasha’s Mardi Gras grub, the muffuletta gets my beads. The sandwich is made with honey and black forest ham, salami, provolone cheese and giardiniera (an olive salad with carrots, peppers and garlic). Order it toasted to get the full effect of the homemade bread, melted cheese and layers of deli meat.

If you’re celebrating Mardi Gras in town, Sasha’s King Cakes are available to order in two sizes that serve 6-8 or 12-15 – mini baby included!

Although I wasn’t able to try a King Cake, I can’t leave without eating one of the bakery’s most popular treats – a Chef Carter Holton croissant. Sasha’s pastry guru is known for his tremendous baking abilities, so I nab a raspberry croissant ($4.50) as soon as it comes out of the kitchen. Angels sing as I bite into the first buttery layer and warm raspberry filling hits my tastebuds.

Sasha’s Baking Company will only serve their Mardi Gras menu for the next week so I suggest going for an early lunch before the crowds hit – that’s also your best chance of tasting a heavenly Chef Carter croissant.

Sasha’s Baking Company
105 W. 9th Street
KCMO 64105
Visit them online.

Courtesy of Eat it Kansas City.
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