Pekara Bakery & Bistro - Simple Gourmet

Published 08/04 2014 03:12PM

Updated 08/09 2014 11:57AM

Pekara works with several local wholesalers to create their delicacies, including: Espresso Royale, Common Ground Food Co-Op, World Harvest, and Prairie Fruit Farms.

From the Pekara web site:Pekara Bakery & Bistro opened on Jan 14, 2005 in the heart of downtown Champaign, IL. This date was chosen to honor the Serbian heritage of the owner, Ruzica "Seka'' Cuk.

In the early days ''the bistro'' (as we call it) served as the actual bakery as well as a restaurant and cafe. In Nov 2008, the baking operation was moved to a larger facility in midtown Champaign to better serve a growing demand for wholesale.
The Bistro is open seven days a week serving all-day breakfast, lunch, dinner, cafe drinks and a full line of pastries, confections, and treats. We offer carry out, indoor seating, and al fresco dining street side or in our beautiful courtyard.

We pride ourselves on using all-natural meats and cheeses, organic EGGS, small batch coffees and teas, and real fruit smoothies.

Our breads, pastries, croissants, cakes and cookies are baked at our own CLEAN LABEL BAKERY, just two blocks away. Clean Label means our artisan breads are baked with only all natural ingredients…including ‘’untouched’’ flour-never bleached, never bromated. We never use preservatives, so you know our breads are wholesome and delicious. A long fermentation process gives our bread a true old-world taste, texture and color. Check out the label on our bread: simple ingredients… that you can pronounce!

Our catering department offers a full line of pastries, sandwich platters, box lunches and salads that are perfect for business meetings, trade shows, office parties, and any occasion where you want to impress your attendees.
Special order cakes, pies, and other confections are welcomed. Our team of professional pastry chefs are eager to show their skills and create a beautiful work of edible art for your event or gathering.
Annual holidays are a special time at Pekara. Just know that our pastry cases and bread racks are full of beautiful seasonal goods that will make your festivities very special.

Local Flavors 2014 is hosted by Illinois Stewardship Alliance in partnership with Urbana’s Market at the Square. 
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