‘Macaron Day’ will benefit Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank | TribLIVE.com
Food & Drink

‘Macaron Day’ will benefit Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Mary Pickels
881869_web1_gtr-fd-macarons1-031819
Facebook | Gaby et Jules
Macaron Day, a celebration of French cookies with a cause, is on March 20.

If it’s a pastel-colored pastry with a creamy filling you’re craving, you’re in luck. Like much of the rest of the world, Pittsburgh will celebrate Macaron Day on March 20.

Customers of participating bakeries can enjoy a free macaron.

And they can enjoy the cookie guilt-free, knowing that for each box of macarons purchased on that day, a percentage of the purchase price will be donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

New this year, Macaron Day becomes a days-long (March 20-24) Macaron Crawl.

Those visiting participating bakeries on March 20 can pick up both a free cookie and a “macaron passport,” collecting their first stamp.

Visit at least three other bakeries through March 24, obtaining a stamp at each site, and you can also collect a commemorative Macaron Day T-shirt.

The International “Jour du Macaron” or “Day of the Macaron” had its beginnings in Paris in 2005, invented by French pastry chef Pierre Hermé. It has since grown to become a global celebration, with bakeries in each participating city passing out free macarons and donating a portion of the days’ macaron sales to a local charity.

In Pittsburgh, the owners of Gaby et Jules began reaching out to other bakeries in 2017 to make it a city-wide initiative. This year Gaby et Jules and Macaron Bar are co-chairing the event.

“We all love sharing these beautiful and delicious creations with the people of Pittsburgh. With more local bakeries joining in the effort, it gets bigger and better each year. It’s a great cause and a lot of fun,” says Frederic Rongier, co-owner of Gaby et Jules.

Still unclear about what to expect from a macaron? It’s a mini pastry sandwich, with buttercream or ganache filling encased in two crunchy meringue shells. They are made in a rainbow of colors, with the filling infused with flavors from vanilla to nutty, fruity to chocolate, lavender, cream cheese or coffee.

They even come in candy bar flavors.

And if you prefer flavors more citrus or savory than sweet, there are macarons for that.

Feeling ambitious? Give them a whirl.

Each box of macarons sold will provide five meals for families through the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, planners say.

Participating bakeries include:

• Gaby et Jules (Squirrel Hill, Market Square, Pittsburgh International Airport)

• Macaron Bar (Ross Park Mall and East Liberty)

• Oakmont Bakery (Oakmont)

• Le Macaron French Pastries (Robinson Town Center Mall)

• Madeleine Bakery & Bistro (Regent Square)

Details: macarondaypgh.com

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: Lifestyles | Food Drink
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.