Euro­pean pas­try shop opens in Pen­tic­ton

Penticton Herald - - CITY & REGION - By ME­LANIE EKSAL

Take your senses on a trip around Europe from the com­fort of Pen­tic­ton’s new­est pas­try shop, Pe­trasek Bak­ery. The bak­ery of­fi­cially opens today and is on the cor­ner of Main Street and Nanaimo Street in Nanaimo Square.

Pe­trasek Bak­ery is fam­ily owned and op­er­ated by Jan Pe­trasek and his wife, Sil­via Pe­traskova. They have three daugh­ters to­gether.

Hav­ing grown up in a small town in Slo­vakia, Pe­trasek and Pe­traskova wanted their bak­ery to en­com­pass a homey, fam­ily feel, an el­e­ment that’s im­por­tant to them.

“Most Euro­pean fam­i­lies, their whole life is around the kitchen with their mom cook­ing. You grow up with that, and it comes nat­u­rally to me,” Pe­trasek ex­plained.

“But it’s an art,” he added. His de­vo­tion and pas­sion has him up at 3 a.m. ev­ery day to en­sure that all items are made fresh for that same day. Every­thing Pe­trasek makes is from scratch.

Many of his recipes came from trial and er­ror, and from learn­ing how to work with lo­cal ingredients grown in dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments.

Much in­spi­ra­tion, he said, came from his mother and grand­mother’s teach­ings, both of whom learned from their moth­ers and grand­moth­ers as well.

“I want to of­fer dif­fer­ent things,” Pe­trasek said. “I don’t want it to be bor­ing.”

The Okana­gan in par­tic­u­lar, he also said, of­fers many lo­cal ingredients through­out the sea­sons that he’ll be us­ing in his cre­ations that range from bread to pas­tries and tarts, all of which come from dif­fer­ent Euro­pean coun­tries.

Pe­trasek was humble as he said that his cin­na­mon buns are re­ally good, too.

The bak­ery of­fers bread by weight, as well, for cus­tomers who don’t re­quire an en­tire loaf.

Pe­trasek and Pe­traskova trav­elled Europe af­ter mar­ry­ing in their early 20s and later spent time liv­ing in Israel, where Pe­trasek worked in a bak­ery. Pe­traskova worked pri­mar­ily in the kitchen.

With their ex­pe­ri­ence, they opened a bak­ery in Cal­gary and later Cochrane, Alta.

But a fam­ily ill­ness had them sell their home and busi­ness in 2016, and be­fore they moved back to Europe, they first trav­elled to the Okana­gan. Their in­ten­tion was to visit Osoy­oos, but a stop in Pen­tic­ton had the fam­ily stay for four days in­stead.

“We stopped by Pen­tic­ton dur­ing Peach Fes­ti­val,” Pe­traskova said.

They moved to Europe as planned, but the cou­ple had fallen in love with Pen­tic­ton.

“When we were in Europe, we looked for a house on the in­ter­net,” she said. They bought their Pen­tic­ton house while still over­seas.

Their bak­ery also of­fers cof­fee, freshly made lat­tes and tea on top of a wel­com­ing at­mos­phere.

ME­LANIE EKSAL/Pen­tic­ton Her­ald

Jan Pe­trasek and Sil­via Pe­traskova craft ar­ti­san breads and de­li­cious treats all from scratch with in­spi­ra­tion from around Europe. Their shop, Pe­trasek Bak­ery, opens in Nanaimo Square today.

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