Blackmarket Bakery opens it second location today at The Camp in Costa Mesa. The newest bakery is at 2937 Bristol St., Suite D-100A. Among the other places to find Blackmarket Bakery goods is Nordstrom E-Bar in Brea, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach and Santa Ana.
Chef and owner Rachel Klemek opened her first bakery in 2004 in Irvine (17941 Sky Park Circle). “Blackmarket Bakery has always intended to offer a worthy alternative for those looking for a responsible, quality product,” said Klemek. “My goal has always been to create a conscious moment of indulgence for guests.”
Klemek uses baking fundamentals such as butter, flour, sugar and eggs—all of which were blackmarket goods during World War II. “I intend to deliver a culinary experience that revolves around natural ingredients, complex textures, global flavors…with a bit of punk rock tucked inside, of course,” she said.
The baked goods include cakes, pastries, fresh breads, brioche buns, oatmeal stout rolls, shortbreads and her trademark Marche Noir Cabernet brownies, bars, cobblers, pomegranate marshmallows and more.. Among the items are Apricot Ginger Scones, Blackstrap Betty molasses drop cookies, butter cream cakes (Uber Coconut for one), “sassy tarts” such as Black Widow dark chocolate ganache.
She has expanded her "from scratch-made" pastries to include breads, rolls and hot-pressed sandwiches.
Her products also can be purchased at Kean Coffee in Newport Beach and Tustin and Farmers Markets in Laguna Hills and Irvine.
The hours at The Camp location, which is open daily, are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Klemek was trained at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone. Before opening Blackmarket Bakery, she worked for Dutchmen of Utopia Bakery, Dean & Deluca, and Zov’s Bistro in Tustin, among others.