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Pastry Chefs Unite to Help Community on Macaron Day - March 20, 2018

More Bakeries Sign On to Share Macarons, Raise Funds for Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank

PITTSBURGH, PA – February 16, 2018 – Following last year’s Pittsburgh-wide debut of the increasingly celebrated International Macaron Day, French bakeries in Pittsburgh will again be marking International Macaron Day on March 20, 2018. Everyone who visits a participating bakery on Macaron Day will receive a free macaron and a chance to help hungry families in our community. By purchasing any quantity of macarons, customers help support the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank because each bakery will donate 10% of all macaron purchases from the day to the Food Bank.

Macaron Day started in Paris in 2005 and was created by French pastry chef Pierre Hermé, the man voted World’s Best Pastry Chef of 2016. Observed every year on March 20th, the first day of spring, the day has spread globally and become an annual tradition. On this day each year, participating bakeries offer each customer a free macaron and donate a percentage of all macaron sales to a local charity.


The organizers of Pittsburgh’s celebration are the owners of Gaby et Jules Patisseries et Macarons, Chef David Piquard and Fred and Lori Rongier. They have observed Macaron Day for the last three years and last year they reached out to other bakeries to mark the first year of a coordinated city-wide initiative. “We wanted this great event to have a bigger impact for the Food Bank, so we began inviting our fellow macaron bakers to join with us,” says co-owner Lori Rongier. “This is a great way for us to help in our community and have a lot of fun with our customers and fellow bakers at the same time.”


Oakmont Bakery was the first bakery to get on board in 2017, and this year La Gourmandine, Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery, and Macaron Bar Pittsburgh have also joined the event. Customers can find more details and up-to-date bakery lists online at “Macaron Day is getting bigger every year, and we hope everyone will come and out help us make this another great Pittsburgh tradition,” added Gaby et Jules co-owner Fred Rongier.


According to Kate Laubacher, Community Fundraising Coordinator at the Food Bank, “Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is so excited for Macaron Day 2018. Gaby et Jules and other participating bakeries provide such a fun and delicious way to support the Food Bank's mission."


A macaron, also known as a French macaron, is a meticulously constructed confection comprised of two meringue shells sandwiching a buttercream or ganache filling inside. They are distinct from the coconut macaroon, the sticky-sweet mounded cookies sometimes covered in chocolate. Made properly in the French tradition, macarons take 3 days to prepare and bake, with a complex series of stages that involve drying, baking, filling, and freezing to achieve the sought-after consistency: shells slightly crisp on the outside, chewy and soft on the inside, melded with the creamy filling inside, and infused with delicate flavor.


Participating bakeries will be offering one complimentary macaron to each guest. No purchase is necessary, however, macaron lovers are encouraged to buy some and take them home, since the bakeries will donate 10% of all macaron purchases that day to the Food Bank. Customers may also make a direct donation in honor of the day. Bakeries interested in participating in the event may contact for more information.


About Gaby et Jules

Specializing in French macarons and classic French pastries, Gaby et Jules offers Parisian-quality fine French pastry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Named for the owners’ grandfathers, the shop is “A Gift of Love” to their families, to the city, and to their customers. The exquisite and authentic French pastries created by Master Pastry Chef David Piquard are offered for all to enjoy at five area retail locations—the flagship store in Pittsburgh’s East End (Squirrel Hill), Market Street Grocery (downtown), Pittsburgh International Airport (Airside Concourse A), Whole Foods Market – Wexford, and Whole Foods Market – Pittsburgh. Gaby et Jules ships macarons and confections nationwide. For more information, email or visit




Gaby et Jules Patisseries et Macarons
Lori and Fred Rongier


Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Kate Laubacher
412-460-3663 x201

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Whole Foods Market Pittsburgh Now Carrying Patisserie’s Signature Macarons

PITTSBURGH, PA – February 7, 2018 – Gaby et Jules announced today that its popular authentic French macarons are now available at a fifth retail location in the area. Whole Foods Market Pittsburgh, on Centre Avenue in East Liberty, joins sister store Whole Foods Market Wexford in carrying the patisserie’s signature confections. Together with Gaby et Jules’ three locations in Squirrel Hill, Market Square, and the Pittsburgh International Airport, the new location makes it easier than ever for macaron lovers to find the macarons known in the region and increasingly across the country for their high quality and French authenticity. Gaby et Jules macarons and pastries are also offered by several local restaurants and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

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What people are saying about Gaby et Jules

Amazing macarons, canelés, and pastries. I would recommend trying the chef's signature macaron; white chocolate and basil. They even told me their chef trained with the chef from Laderée!
As far as macaroons go, this is as good as it gets, in Pittsburgh or anywhere west of Greenwich time. I was impressed by the entire experience: store atmosphere, product display, packaging, service and taste (duh).
Gaby et Jules exudes the refined elegance of a modern French patisserie. If its candy-apple red façade doesn’t catch your eye, the display cases with artfully arrayed rows of luscious macarons and delectable pastries certainly will.
If you are looking for authentic french bakery goods or something to bring to a dinner party or as a gift, your hosts/friends will be impressed. The stuff is almost to pretty to eat!
Yes, as the other reviewers have said, the macarons are wonderful. But for me, if it's not chocolate it's not dessert. The best that I've had from Gaby et Jules are the chocolate pastries, which are perfect made into 8" or 12" rounds for parties or other celebrations.
I used to bring back Laduree macarons from Paris or New York, but I do not have to do it since I discovered this place in Squirrel Hill of Pgh. They have slightly different varieties of macarons from Laduree, and they are great.

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