The third feature in the artisan/artist series is Raquel Dos Santos of Honeybee Patisserie. If you have had the pleasure of meeting Raquel you have most likely come away from the encounter positively cheerful -- feeling uplifted and refreshed! Raquel is one of those extraordinary people who has a way of radiating joy to those around her and this is clearly instilled throughout her work.
Inspired by providing people with reasons to get together and enjoy delicious desserts, "I love to give people a reason to have a party!” explained Raquel Dos Santos, Red Seal Pastry Chef and Owner of Honey Bee Patisserie. Raquel brings first class pastries to the Peace Region by combining special techniques and flavours cultivated while working with chefs in five star kitchens across Canada and Europe. Honey Bee Patisserie was opened in 2016 and is not only a full time job, but also a passion project. Raquel is currently operating out of the Encana Events Centre kitchen, working five days a week on custom orders and catering for special events.
Honey Bee is focused on bringing delight and sharing specially hand-crafted and lovingly made confections. Using only fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, each dessert is layered with flavour and texture. Honey Bee brings high-tea inspired desserts, full of excitement and whimsy to her clientele. Raquel is greatly influenced by the people of the community and the opportunity to meet and speak with them at the Dawson Creek Farmer’s Market each week.
If you haven’t experienced Honey Bee’s indulgent offerings, I would recommend any one of the macaron flavours. Every single flavour I have ever tried are absolutely fantastic. I have also had the pleasure of trying two different types of cakes; the Salted Caramel and Chocolate cake was incredibly rich and luxurious with it’s brownie like texture and opulent ganache filling. While the Early Grey Lemon and Blueberry cake was summery, light and refreshing, with layers of flavours — full of sweet blueberries and tart lemon buttercream with a subtle essence of Earl Grey.
Raquel's passion for bringing an array of beautiful and elegant desserts to her clients is evident. “Work hard, be yourself, conduct yourself with integrity — life is full of opportunity, so do what you love and have fun!” is advice offered by Raquel to any entrepreneur.
Check out and join the #honeybeeinthewild contest on Facebook and Instagram, running until the end of summer. Delicious cakes, delectable macarons and delightful tarts can be purchased at the Dawson Creek Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Special orders can also be ordered through Honey Bee’s Facebook page. Bon Appetit!