Things are getting sweeter this spring as Sol in historic downtown Willoughby announces the addition of a new dessert menu, brunch donut bar and the pastry chef that is making it all possible, Erica Coffee.
“Having Erica on board as our pastry chef brings a new offering to downtown Willoughby for those that want to go out for just dessert, and gives Sol an opportunity to grow its food and catering program – continuing our scratch kitchen model, with the addition of house-made breads and desserts to end a meal the right way,” stated David Bartulovic, owner of Sol.
As a Cleveland native, Erica’s culinary journey started in high school when she was accepted to the Culinary Arts Management program at The Medina County Career Center. After graduating, she continued her education and received her degree from The Culinary Arts Institute of America.
“I started cooking and baking at a young age with my Gram, and I’ve had a passion for it ever since. A day never went by when it didn’t smell liked baked goods at Gram’s. She had a strong influence on me when it came to food. And the donuts, well she always made donuts. Who doesn’t love a good fresh donut?” said Erica.
With 10 plus years in the service industry, and having the opportunity to work for some of Cleveland’s finest, Erica earned the skillset to partner and open the business, City Girl Donuts, bringing an assortment of donuts and pastries to Rocky River, OH, including non-GMO recipes.
Erica is now teaming up with Sol to bring delectable desserts such as Tres Leche cake – vanilla caramel butter cream, caramel sauce, whipped cream, cake crumble topped with caramel candied popcorn, along with baked breads and donuts.